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The Cubs hit the road after Thursday’s game, beginning with a three-game series in New York. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96)
Saturday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24)
Sunday: RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26) vs. RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11)
Starlin Castro is batting seventh for the fifth straight game Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:
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After an off day Thursday, the Cubs open a seven-game homestand against the Pirates and Reds, starting Friday. Here are the pitching matchups vs. the Pirates:
Friday: LHP Travis Wood (5-3, 2.75) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-2, 2.17)
Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-6, 3.22)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-8, 6.29) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.45)
Edwin Jackson has had worse seasons, and he’s definitely had better, but right now, the Cubs right-hander is frustrated. Jackson served up seven runs over 5 2/3 innings to the Diamondbacks, who took advantage of an error and romped, 8-4, on Sunday over the Cubs. Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross each hit two-run singles, and Wil Nieves added a pair of RBI singles to help Patrick Corbin remain unbeaten at 9-0.
“It’s probably one of the most frustrating seasons I’ve been through,” said Jackson, who has one win in 11 starts. “It’s disappointing when you feel like you’re not going out to help the team have a chance to win a game. I’m a way better pitcher than I’ve shown. It hasn’t been anything about confidence. I just haven’t been getting the job done. I’ve been through a lot of up and down seasons, but this has been a pretty frustrating season to say the least, and it’s shown in the stats and numbers and everything.”
The right-hander’s previous two starts had been interrupted by rain. On Sunday, it was unseasonably cold, with a game-time temperature of 47. He gave up 12 hits — all singles except a double by Cody Ross in the third — and walked three. Not even the defensive shift could help. The Cubs moved third baseman Cody Ransom to the right side of second and had second baseman Darwin Barney in shallow right and Jason Kubel still lined a single between them in the fifth.
“He hasn’t really caught any breaks,” Barney said of Jackson. “This is what he does for a living, he’s a competitor, he’ll come back ready to pitch the next time and he’ll say the same thing. We’re going to see better things out of him, that’s for sure.”
The Cubs hope so. They made a four-year, $52 million commitment to Jackson this offseason. He is now 1-7 with a 7.87 ERA in nine starts at Wrigley Field.
“The last few outings, he’s pitched with conviction and today, I think could’ve been a whole [different] ballgame if that fly ball was caught,” Dale Sveum said.
The mistake came in the second. Nieves and Cliff Pennington singled, and Corbin lofted a ball to center. Julio Borbon closed his glove before he caught the ball for an error, and the bases were loaded. Parra hit a two-run single, and Didi Gregorius was safe on a fielder’s choice. Corbin scored on a wild pitch to take a 3-1 lead.
“Right now, it’s not about me throwing strikes, it’s just quality strikes,” Jackson said. “I felt that today, I came out and made some pitches and they had an inning where they had an error, and I got behind and got a ground ball and it was through the hole. I had ground balls and they were just through holes. When things are going bad, everything goes bad. When things are going good, you can make the same pitches and they go right at someone.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs close their weekend series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, sending Edwin Jackson against lefty Patrick Corbin. Here’s the Cubs lineup:
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Following the Interleague series against the White Sox, the Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Matt Garza (0-0, 4.00) vs. LHP Wade Miley (3-4, 4.53)
Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.85) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (2-3, 4.70)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71)
Edwin Jackson will start Tuesday in Game 2 of the Cubs-White Sox, four-game, home and road Interleague series. Dioner Navarro is the designated hitter for the Cubs, who must deal with tough lefty Chris Sale. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs return to Interleague action on Monday when they face their intracity rivals, the White Sox, at U.S. Cellular Field. This year, the Cubs and White Sox will play a four-game, home-and-away series back to back rather than six games. The Cubs are 2-1 in three games against the AL so far, with 14 Interleague games remaining, including 10 against AL West opponents.
* The Cubs own a 109-128 (.460) all-time record in Interleague play, dating to 1997.
* Here are the pitching matchups for Cubs vs. White Sox:
Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53)
Wednesday: RHP Scott Feldman (4-4, 2.80) vs. LHP John Danks (0-0, 4.50)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (4-3, 2.73) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.97)
* The Cubs will play Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field and Wednesday at Wrigley Field, marking the first time they’ll play the same team in different ballparks on consecutive days since April 1990. In that year, the Cubs and Mets played at Wrigley Field, April 16, followed by a game at Shea Stadium the next day. The game played at Wrigley was a make-up game because of the lockout of 1990.
– Carrie Muskat
Edwin Jackson never imagined he’d go 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA in his first 10 starts with the Cubs. Manager Dale Sveum wants to see Jackson throw with more conviction, and be full velocity, full game mode from the first pitch. That seemed to be part of the problem on Thursday against the Pirates. Jackson has said he’s not pressing because of his contract, his first long-term deal with a team.
“You’ve got a commitment there, you’ve got to stick with the commitment and coach them and teach,” Sveum said of Jackson, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this offseason. “It’s not like he’s a kid. He’s a veteran player. Sometimes you just have to do it yourself. People play in the big leagues a long time. Sometimes you just have to do the things to get better yourself.”
It’s up to Jackson to make the changes.
“We can coach and do a lot of things but it still comes down to the individual making these adjustments to get over a hump and get through a slump,” Sveum said.
There has been no talk about taking Jackson out of the rotation.
“It’s a long season,” Sveum said. “There’s still another 20 plus starts there to fix this and get it going.”
Is it puzzling to see Jackson struggle?
“You could look at some other big time starters in baseball — the [Mark] Buehrles in the world — there are some big boys out there struggling,” Sveum said. “That’s why, in the long run, at the end of the year, hopefully that media guide doesn’t lie.”
– Carrie Muskat
Edwin Jackson needed the rain to come a little earlier on Thursday. Jackson was limited to three innings before nature intervened and delayed the Cubs’ game against the Pirates nearly two hours. Pittsburgh had scored all it needed by then as Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of RBI singles to post a 4-2 victory over Chicago.
With the win, the Pirates completed the sweep and improved to 14-6 in May. The Cubs, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games.
Jackson had struggled with one bad inning in previous starts, and the Pirates got to him quickly. Starling Marte led off with an infield single that Starlin Castro knocked down, then stole second and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s single. McCutchen swiped second as Garrett Jones struck out, and Neil Walker walked to set up Michael McKenry’s RBI single.
With two outs in the Pirates second, Marte reached on another infield single that deflected off Jackson, then scored on Travis Snider’s triple. McCutchen made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
David DeJesus doubled to open the Cubs fourth against Jeanmar Gomez, moved up on Castro’s single and scored when Anthony Rizzo hit into a fielder’s choice. One out later, Nate Schierholtz was safe on a fielding error by Jones, and then the rain halted play for 1 hour 47 minutes. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney added a two-out, RBI single in the Chicago seventh.
The Cubs are used to close games; they’ve now had 40 of their 46 games decided by four runs or less.
– Carrie Muskat