Game Ninety-Five – Cubs (40-54) vs. Diamondbacks (40-56)
- Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 85, 844
- Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.64/1.58/4.26) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-6, 5.66/1.74/4.15)
The Cubs open what could end up being a very interesting second half of the season tonight in Arizona. The Cubs are well on its way to the fifth straight losing season and another last place finish, but beyond the win-loss record will be how the prospects that are knocking on the door will be added into the mix on the big league roster while players such as Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, Welington Castillo and the young arms in the pen perform in the second half.
The big league team kicks off the second half in a stadium in which has been a very difficult place for the Cubs to play over the years. The Cubs and Diamondbacks are in the running for the worst record in the majors, along with the Rockies and Rangers, and while another rough year was expected for the Cubs, the D-Backs planned to contend for an NL West title and have underperformed.
Since the Cubs and D-Backs split the four-game series at Wrigley in April, Tony LaRussa has taken over baseball operations for Arizona and big changes are expected in the desert during the upcoming off-season. Kevin Towers is already being mentioned as a possibility to return to San Diego in some capacity once LaRussa decides his time with the D-Backs is over.
After tonight’s match-up of two struggling pitchers in Edwin Jackson and Trevor Cahill, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Wade Miley in game two Saturday night. And Wood needs to begin his second half on a positive note after a string of bad outings. The series wraps up Sunday afternoon with Jake Arrieta taking on Josh Collmenter.
And the second half all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson said his last performance was embarrassing and he has to do a better job. Jackson lasted only 3 2/3 innings against the Braves and served up three home runs, two to Chris Johnson and a third to pitcher Mike Minor. Jackson allowed nine runs, all earned, on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Jackson gets his first chance to tonight after making those comments to put his first year and a half in a Cubs’ uniform behind him.
Edwin Jackson is 0-2 in his last three starts with an 8.04 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Jackson has given up 14 runs, all earned, on 20 hits with 10 walks and 12 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. Edwin Jackson is 1-7 in 10 starts outside of Wrigley Field this season with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Jackson put together one of his better statistical starts of the season against the Diamondbacks earlier this year at Wrigley. Jackson took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Jackson’s quality start against Arizona on April 24 is only one of four quality starts for Jackson this season.
Edwin Jackson is 2-4 in nine career outings, eight starts, against the Diamondbacks with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Jackson is 5-6 in 16 games, 15 starts, at Chase Field in his career with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
Trevor Cahill is back from the minors after Arizona designated him for assignment so he could go down to the minor leagues to get stretched out to return to the D-Backs’ rotation. Cahill has not pitched in a big league game since June 6, and that was just one inning against the Braves. Cahill is making his fifth start tonight after making seven starts in the minors.
Trevor Cahill was 2-3 in seven starts in the minors with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP and 2-2 in six starts at Triple-A Reno with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Cahill is still not throwing enough strikes. In 28 innings at Reno, Cahill walked 20 batters while striking out 27. And he was roughed up in his last start. Cahill allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in four innings.
The Cubs must make him work early and not allow him to gain any confidence.
Trevor Cahill’s only win this season came at the Cubs expense. For his career, Trevor Cahill is 3-1 in four games, three starts, against the Cubs with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Trevor Cahill
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