Game Seven: Cubs (2-4) vs. Brewers (1-5)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (0-1, 3.60/0.80) vs. Marco Estrada (0-0, 7.20/1.80)
Weather permitting … The Chicago Cubs will play the first game of the season at Wrigley Field this afternoon, the 100th season opener at the old ballyard. What was known as Weeghman Park opened on April 23, 1914 and was the home of the Federals of the Federal League. The team later changed their name to the Whales. When the league went under at the end of the 1915 season, the Cubs moved to the park and played their first game at what is known now as Wrigley Field on April 20, 1916. The field became known as Cubs Park in 1920 when the Wrigley family purchased the team and was changed to Wrigley Field in 1926.
The Cubs open a very difficult 10-game homestand today. After three against the Brewers, the Giants come in for four games. Following an off day next Monday, the Cubs host the Rangers before hitting the road for 10 games with trips to Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Miami.
Dale Sveum’s team is coming off a rough trip to Atlanta. After taking two of three in Pittsburgh, the Cubs lost all three to the Braves. Following today’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Marco Estrada, Travis Wood will square off against Wily Peralta and Scott Feldman is scheduled to face Kyle Lohse in the finale on Wednesday night. The weather is expected to be a challenge all week and could alter the pitching matchups.
While the Cubs have their own issues, the Brewers are dealing with injuries as well. Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart are on the 15-day DL while Ryan Braun has missed time with a stiff neck and Jean Segura left Sunday’s game with a bruised left thigh.
The Cubs played some of their worst ball against the Brewers last season and dropped 13 of the 17 games against Milwaukee. The Cubs play the Brewers six times over the next 13 games and must figure out how to beat their division rivals.
Can the Cubs start the home portion of their 2013 schedule off with a win?
Edwin Jackson is coming off an Edwin Jackson outing in his first start of the season. Jackson was sharp early on then struggled for an inning before settling back down and ending his outing of a positive note. Jackson took the loss in Pittsburgh in the second game of the year after allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Jackson surrendered both runs in the fourth inning while the Cubs could not push across any runs against Wandy Rodriguez.
Jackson is makes his Wrigley debut in a Cubs’ uniform this afternoon. Jackson is 1-2 in three career starts at Wrigley with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … but a majority of that damage was done in one start (1-1 in last two with a 4.85 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP).
Edwin Jackson makes his eighth career start against the Brewers today. Jackson owns a 3-2 mark in the first seven starts with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP … last season , 1-0 in two starts with a 0.60 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP (one run on 14 hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts in 15 innings)
Brewers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Norichika Aoki – 0-for-7
- Yuniesky Betancourt – 4-for-24 with a double and a walk
- Ryan Braun – 5-for-19 with four doubles and a walk
- Carlos Gomez – 0-for-6
- Alex Gonzalez – 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a walk
- Jonathan Lucroy – 5-for-12 with a home run
- Martin Maldonado – 1-for-1
- Jean Segura – 1-for-3
- Rickie Weeks – 3-for-9 with a double, a home run and a walk
Marco Estrada makes his second start of the season today after a rough outing against the Rockies. Estrada received a no decision after lasting just five innings and giving up four runs on nine hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez took Estrada deep in Colorado’s 8-4 victory at Miller Park. Estrada will face a lineup this afternoon with a lot less fire power than the one in Colorado … and one he has dominated in the past.
The Cubs have had little to no success against Estrada since he moved into the Brewers’ rotation. Estrada owns a 2-0 record in eight games, three starts, against the Cubs with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in five games, one start, with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. But last season, Estrada was 2-0 in four games, three starts with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. The Cubs struck out 22 times against Estrada in 18 innings. Estrada surrendered just two runs on 13 hits and walked only two batters. If the Cubs do not change their game plan today, Estrada will continue to make the Cubs look bad at the plate.
Cubs Career Numbers against Marco Estrada
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
- Starlin Castro – 3-for-9 with a double
- Steve Clevenger – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
- David DeJesus – 2-for-9
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-6
- Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-9 with three doubles and a walk
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