Game Thirty-One – Cubs (11-19) vs. White Sox (16-17)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (2-2, 5.24/1.57/3.66) vs. Hector Noesi (0-2, 11.12/1.94/2.53)
The Crosstown Series … Cubs vs. White Sox
The Cubs wrap up their five-game homestand tonight with the second of four games against the White Sox. After taking the first two games from the Cardinals, the Cubs have dropped two in a row and will turn to Edwin Jackson to end the homestand on positive note. Today’s game is the last at Wrigley Field until May 16. The Cubs have only five home games left on the schedule in May.
While the Cubs’ offense will not be confused with the ’27 Yankees any time soon, the offense has really struggled in the three Interleague games they’ve played this season. After not scoring a single run in the Bronx last month, the Cubs managed only one run on Monday.
Right handers have torched Hector Noesi this year (.480/.483/.724) and have hit him rather well throughout his career (.286/.353/.426). And while lefties (.280/.296/.519) have had success against him, a balanced lineup with Mike Olt and Junior Lake among the starting eight with Luis Valbuena at second base could lead to success for the Cubs’ offense.
Paul Konerko plays his last game at Wrigley tonight, if he is able to after Justin Grimm plunked him on Monday night. In 34 games at Wrigley, Konerko has hit .311/.357/.521/.878 with four doubles and seven home runs.
And tonight it all begins with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off a win in his last start. Jackson gave up four runs on five hits with two walks to the Reds in 5 2/3 innings. As has been the case for a majority of the season, Jackson struggled early, gave up runs in the first two innings before he settled down in the third inning and kept the Reds from tacking on to their lead. Jackson continues having problems with putting together a shutdown inning. More often than not this year, Jackson has given the runs back the next half inning that the Cubs offense has given him. Jackson simply needs a complete outing tonight against one of his former teams.
Jackson has posted wins in two of his last three starts and his seven-inning outing against the Diamondbacks was his longest of the year. Jackson is 1-1 in three starts at Wrigley this season with a 5.71 Era and a 1.73 WHIP. If Jackson struggles with his command early, the Sox have the fire power to make him pay for his mistakes.
Edwin Jackson is 1-4 in eight career starts against the team he pitched for in 2010 and 2011 with a 6.60 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. Jackson did not face the team from the South Side last year.
White Sox Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Alexei Ramirez: 0-for-17 with one walk
- Paul Konerko: 1-for-12 with one walk
- Gordon Beckham: 4-for-10 with three doubles and two walks
The White Sox claimed Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 25 and the 27-year old right hander is making his second start for the Sox this season. Noesi made a couple of appearances for the Mariners before Texas claimed him off waivers on April 12.
Noesi started the game on April 30 against the Tigers at the Cell and lasted 3 2/3 innings. Noesi gave up four runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Hector Noesi has allowed 14 runs on 19 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings for the Mariners, Rangers and White Sox this season in seven games, one start.
The Cubs must be patient with Noesi and make him work. Noesi has faced the Cubs for one inning in his career and should be out to prove he belongs in the rotation which could lead to a lot of overthrowing tonight from the right hander.
Cubs Career Numbers against Hector Noesi
- John Baker: 2-for-3
- Ryan Kalish: 1-for-2
- Emilio Bonifacio: 0-for-1
- Starlin Castro: 0-for-1
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