Game Twelve – Cubs (4-7) vs. Cardinals (6-5)
- Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Edwin Jackson (0-0, 6.30/1.90/4.41) vs. Michael Wacha (1-0, 0.71/0.95/2.34)
Weather permitting … The Cubs wrap up the first series of the season with the Cardinals this afternoon. And even with the way the team played Saturday, the Cubs still have a chance to win a series in St. Louis.
Emilio Bonifacio is expected back in the lineup this afternoon after getting his first breather of the season. Lefties and righties have hit just about the same against Michael Wacha so far in his career, which has not been much. The Reds lefties did a lot more damage than the right handers in Bryan Price’s lineup over the first two games this season. Rick Renteria should run out a balanced lineup this afternoon against the dynamic right hander.
If the Cubs are able to pull off a win this afternoon it would be the first time the Cubs won a series since the team took two of three from the Reds in Cincinnati last September (Sept. 9-11). Cubs are 0-8 in last eight series.
And today all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off a very bad outing. After a solid start in Pittsburgh to begin his season, Jackson could not complete five innings against the Pirates at Wrigley. Jackson gave up four runs in the first inning. And before he was pulled, Jackson allowed six runs, all earned, on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Jackson struggled with his command while his velocity was down in the first inning which led to the batting practice numbers.
The Cubs need for the good Edwin Jackson to show up this afternoon against one of his former teams.
Edwin Jackson is 2-6 in 12 games, 11 starts, in his career against the Redbirds with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Last year, Jackson was 1-3 in five starts against the Cardinals with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP (29 hits, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts in 26 innings).
Cardinals Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Jhonny Peralta: 10-for-36 with one home run and three walks
- Matt Holliday: 10-for-34 with one double, two home runs and three walks
- Yadier Molina: 12-for-25 with two doubles, three home runs and three walks
- Allen Craig: 8-for-19 with two doubles and three walks
- Jon Jay: 5-for-18 with two doubles and two walks
- Matt Carpenter: 5-for-14 with one double and three walks
- Daniel Descalso: 3-for-9 with one double and one walk
- Pete Kozma: 3-for-11 with one double and one home run
- Matt Adams: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Kolten Wong: 0-for-3
- Peter Bourjos: 0-for-2
- Tony Cruz: 0-for-2
Michael Wacha makes his third start of the season today but his first start against a team not from Cincinnati. Wacha tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Reds on April 2 and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. Wacha limited the Reds to one run on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings in his last start.
Michael Wacha made two appearances and one start against the Cubs last season. And Wacha received a no decision after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Michael Wacha
- Welington Castillo: 1-for-2 with one home run and one walk
- Junior Lake: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-3
- Nate Schierholtz: 0-for-3
- Darwin Barney: 0-for-2
- Starlin Castro: 1-for-2
Its contest time once again at the CCO.
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Beginning today, April 12, and concluding with the opener in the Bronx on Tuesday night (April 15), the CCO will conduct a contest each day (three total) and the winner will receive a copy of the DVD from A+E.
Here is how the contest works:
There will be only (1) winner per day. All entries must be posted in the comments section with a time stamp prior to first pitch. All entries made after first pitch (1:15pm CDT) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. All entries must include answers for all questions and failure to do so will make that entry invalid. Only (1) entry per day, per person, per IP address.
There will be one question posted in each of the three game previews. The person with the correct answer for the question will be that day’s winner. The tie breaking procedure will follow the order in which the questions are asked, not based on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good enough. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the time stamp as answering the questions first and correctly.
The winner will be posted in the comment section of that day’s game preview (Talkin’ Cubs Live). The winner will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A+E Networks will send out the DVD to the winners within the continental United States only.
Contest Two – April 13, 2014
Number of Strikeouts for Edwin Jackson
- Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Edwin Jackson
- Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Edwin Jackson
- Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Edwin Jackson
- Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Edwin Jackson
- Tie Breaking 5) The final score between the Cubs and Cardinals
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