Game Twenty-One: Cubs (6-14) vs. Marlins (5-16)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
- Location – Marlins Park, Miami
Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84/1.39) vs. Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90/1.23)
The Cubs open a four-game series in Miami tonight in search of just their second win on the current 10-game road trip. After giving the series to the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cubs dropped two of three in Cincinnati by a combined two runs. The Cubs have been in all 20 of their games but due to their own inadequacies, the Cubs are staring up at the breakeven point with an eighth of the season in the rearview mirror.
The Cubs will miss the Marlins’ 20-year old pitching phenom Jose Fernandez but still have to face an old nemesis in the finale on Sunday afternoon. After tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Kevin Slowey, Scott Feldman is scheduled to square off against lefty Wade LeBlanc on Friday night. Travis Wood faces Alex Sanabia on Saturday night with Carlos Villanueva wrapping up the series against Ricky Nolasco on Sunday.
Dale Sveum’s team won just two of the six games with the Fish (2-4) a year ago but a number of those players are now wearing a Blue Jays’ uniform.
Keep an eye on Starlin Castro. Castro has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, reached base safely in 16 straight and 18 of the 20 games the Cubs have played this season.
Two of the worst teams in baseball, by record, will battle all weekend. If the winning percentages hold up, this could be a preview of the fight for draft position in 2014 at the end of the season.
Edwin Jackson is coming off his best outing of the season. Jackson was sharp against the Brewers but three charged errors, including one of his own, led to four unearned runs and Jackson’s third loss of the season. Jackson pounded the zone much better than in his three previous starts and walked only one batter. Jackson for the most part has not pitched to the front office’s expectations. Until he starts putting the one bad inning behind him, Jackson’s win-loss record will not improve.
Jackson has pitched rather well outside of Wrigley. Jackson is winless in two starts (0-2) but has allowed seven runs, three earned, on seven hits in 11 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts (2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP)
Edwin Jackson has struggled in his career against the Marlins. In eight games, seven starts, Jackson has just one win (1-6) with a 6.69 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Jackson lost all three games he started against the Marlins last season (0-3 with a 6.06 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP).
Marlins Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Rob Brantly – 1-for-2
- Chris Coghlan – 3-for-7 with a double
- Greg Dobbs – 2-for-8
- Nick Green – 2-for-4 with a double and a home run
- Miguel Olivo – 4-for-8 with a double and two home runs
- Juan Pierre – 3-for-11 with a walk
- Placido Polanco – 0-for-10 with a walk
- Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
- Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
Kevin Slowey is off to a very good start on a not-so-good team. Slowey has allowed two earned runs in one of his four starts while allowing only one run in each of his three other starts. Slowey has held very good teams, such as the Reds, Nationals and Braves in check.
Slowey is coming off an excellent outing against the Reds. Slowey held Dusty’s bunch in check for six innings. The Reds scored one run on four hits while Slowey issued one walk and stuck out four. If the Cubs were looking for a break, they will not get one tonight with Kevin Slowey on the hill.
Kevin Slowey faced the Cubs in a Twins’ uniform back on June 12, 2009 at Wrigley Field. Slowey beat Randy Wells 7-4 while striking out a season-high 10 batters in six innings … this game became known as the Milton Bradley game. Bradley lost count of the number of outs in the eighth inning and tossed the ball into the bleachers.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Slowey
- Julio Borbon – 0-for-2
- David DeJesus – 7-for-20 with four doubles and one home run
- Dioner Navarro – 3-for-3 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-3
- Luis Valbuena – 2-for-10 with a double
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