Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs in the season series finale against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. CT on WGN.
Jackson has lost five of his last six decision and allowed 124 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 100 over 110 2/3 innings for a 5-10 record and a 5.61 ERA this season. Back up catcher John Baker will call the pitches for Jackson, who is batting .214 with 10 RBIs in 135 at-bats this season.
Padres’ starter Tyson Ross has lost five of his last seven starts and has allowed 114 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 132 over 136 2/3 innings for an 8-10 record and a 2.70 ERA.
The Cubs are 1-6 in their last seven games and 1-10 in Jackson’s last 11 starts against the NL West. San Diego is 4-7 in their last 11, 2-6 in their last eight road games, and 2-7 Ross’ last nine starts. The Padres are also 3-6 in their last nine at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs have completed season series against the Braves, Marlins, Phillies, Nationals, and Diamondbacks with their lone series victory over the Marlins, 4-2. They can win the season series against the Padres with a win tonight. A win would also be the first series win since June 6-8 when the Cubs topped the Marlins.