Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 08/20/14

Game One Hundred Twenty-Six – Cubs (55-70) vs. Giants (65-59)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74/1.58/4.25) vs. Jake Peavy (1-3, 3.86/1.21/3.64)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Giants will try to play a full nine innings tonight and with the final out coming within four hours after first pitch. The Giants were not happy with Tuesday’s outcome, for obvious reasons, and will look to get back on track behind Jake Peavy.

With the writing on the wall that Matt Cain would not be able to pitch again this season, the Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox on July 26 for Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar. Peavy has done his job in the short time with the Giants. The Cubs beat him at Fenway earlier this season and will shoot to hand Peavy another loss tonight.

The Cubs hand the ball to Edwin Jackson to extend the team’s winning streak to four games. The Cubs have not posted four straight victories since the end of June into the first week of July (June 30-July 2, July 4). Outside of the ugly game in Flushing last Saturday, the Cubs have played better ball of late and are 10-8 in August and 15-16 since the break.

Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson takes the hill tonight in search of a good outing. Jackson posted back-to-back quality starts before his last game against the Brewers. Jackson was not very good once again and was believed to have put his status in the rotation in jeopardy. Jackson gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. The Cubs were put in an early hole in another one of Jackson’s starts and could not dig out.

PrintWhat is very troublesome about Edwin Jackson is that he is seemingly getting worse every time out. Jackson is 1-3 in his last six starts with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP while teams have hit .307 against him.

Tonight is Jackson’s 14th start of the season at Wrigley. Jackson is 4-6 in the first 13 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP and he faces the Giants for the second time on the season.

Edwin Jackson lost to the Giants in late May after allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Jackson is 2-3 in eight games, seven starts, against the Giants with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

Jake Peavy has been more than serviceable in his short time with the Giants. Peavy is coming off an excellent outing against the White Sox in which he limited his old mates to one run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. Peavy has pitched into the sixth inning in each of his four starts back in the National League.

Peavy has allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 23 hits with eight walks and 15 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings in a Giants uniform.

The Cubs beat Peavy at the end of June at Fenway Park when he was still in the rotation of the World Champs. The Cubs scored two runs on five hits against Peavy in six innings while he walked two and struck out seven. Peavy was outpitched by Jake Arrieta.

Jake Peavy has been very good in his career against the Cubs (7-5 in 15 starts with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP) and at Wrigley Field (3-3 in eight starts with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP). If the Cubs make Peavy work, he might be able to hear his favorite song at the end of the night.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy

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