Edwin Jackson will take the mound against his former team Saturday afternoon when the Chicago Cubs take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game two of a three-game set at 3:05 p.m. on WGN.
Jackson (6-11, 5.66 ERA) has failed to last longer than 5 1/3 innings in his last four outings before allowing two runs in six innings of Sunday’s 7-3 win at Dodger Stadium.
The right-hander was 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his previous seven outings with four coming at Wrigley, where he posted a 10.50 ERA while dropping three games.
Jackson was with the Rays (56-59) from 2006-08 before being traded to Detroit. Since the move he has been a career 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts and gone at least seven frames, including a no-hitter in 2010 with Arizona at Tropicana Field.
A long outing from Jackson would benefit the Cubs (49-65), who went through six relievers in Friday afternoon’s 4-3, 10-inning loss.
Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09) will counter for the Rays. The right-hander pitched just three innings in a 7-5 loss to the Angels Sunday in his last outing. Prior to that, Odorizzi won three straight and allowed three runs or less in his last nine.
The Rays make several changes to their lineup by having James Loney play first base and bat third, Matt Joyce in left field and bat fifth, and Josè Molina behind the plate and bat in the seventh spot before Odorizzi and Kevin Kiermaier in right field.