The Chicago Cubs return to action tomorrow as Edwin Jackson takes the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Jackson is looking to shake off a terrible first half in which he went 5-10 with a 5.64 ERA. In his only other start against the Diamondbacks this year Jackson had a solid outing, going seven innings and surrendering three runs on five hits. However, Jackson picked up the loss in that start.
Cubs’ all-stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are also looking for a strong start to the second half. Castro is hit just .179 in has last 28 at bats before the all-star break and is hitting only .231 so far in the month of July. Rizzo has also gone through a dry period in the month of July, hitting .259. (stats per ESPN.com)
Something else to watch for in the coming days is the status of the Cubs starting rotation/25-man roster. In opting to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the big league roster, the Cubs went into the all-star break down a pitcher; something that will have to be fixed as we head into the second half. It remains to be seen how the Cubs’ roster will shake out down the stretch but expect changes in the coming weeks via trades or promotion/demotions.
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