Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/29/11

Game One Hundred Six: Cubs (42-63) vs. Cardinals (55-50)
Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Matt Garza (4-7, 3.72/1.30) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.92/1.42, 0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs will try to get back in the win column tonight and avoid falling to a season-low 22 games under .500 against their long-time rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds are coming off a rough series against the Astros (lost last two) and enter play tonight 1 1/2 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs are just 1-5 in the first six games against the Cardinals this season and will see old faces in a new uniform for the first time this weekend.

Edwin Jackson was acquired on Wednesday from the White Sox in the three team trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto and landed Corey Patterson back in the NL Central.

The White Sox traded Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen on Wednesday morning to Toronto for Jason Frasor and Zack Stewart. Alex Anthopoulos, the Jays’ GM, turned around and flipped Jackson, along with Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, Marc Rzepczynski, three players to be named later and cash to St. Louis for Colby Rasmus, P.J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller.

With Kosuke Fukudome now in Cleveland with the Indians, Tyler Colvin is expected to receive the bulk of the playing time in right field. Mike Quade is not sure who will hit leadoff for now. Quade mentioned Starlin Castro, Tony Campana and Darwin Barney could all see time at the top spot of the lineup.

Could Aramis Ramirez be playing his final games in a Cubs’ uniform? Ramirez seemed to soften his stance about waiving his 10-and-5 rights following Thursday’s loss to the Brewers. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs have not approached Ramirez about a possible trade and the Cubs may want to keep him around, even after this season, due to the lack of third basemen in the organization. Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday night that he spoke with Ramirez’s agent and Paul Kinzer told him that Ramirez’s comments did not come out the way he intended them and Ramirez is still not willing to waive his no-trade protection.

Tonight it all begins with Matt Garza … and don’t look for him to give up the ball easily when Mike Quade tries to turn the game over to the bullpen.

Matt Garza is coming off another excellent outing, his third in a row. Garza held the Astros pretty much in check for seven innings (two runs on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts) and left the game in line to pick up his fifth win of the season. But for the fifth time, a member of the relief corps could not preserve the win and Garza received a no decision. The bottom line is the Cubs won the game and with that said, Garza’s performance of late (a for a majority of the season) is another reason why wins and losses are not the best way to judge a pitcher’s performance.

Matt Garza is 0-1 in his last five starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Tonight will be Garza’s second start of the year against the Cardinals. He beat the Redbirds back on May 11 after allowing just one run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Garza is 1-0 in two career starts against the Redbirds with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP … and tonight will be his second career start at Busch Stadium (no record, seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout).

Cardinals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Lance Berkman – 2-for-15 with 2 doubles
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Matt Holliday – 2-for-11 with a walk
  • Yadier Molina – 1-for-3
  • Corey Patterson – 6-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Nick Punto – 2-for-2 with a double
  • Skip Schumaker – 2-for-3
  • Ryan Theriot – 1-for-2 with a walk

The Cubs will face Edwin Jackson for the second time this month … the first was back on July 1 at Wrigley when Jackson was wearing a White Sox uniform. Jackson and the Sox beat the Cubs 6-4 after Jackson allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Edwin Jackson was in the midst of a good stretch for Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox. Prior to Wednesday’s trade, Jackson was 3-1 in his last four starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … Jackson was 0-1 in four June starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Tonight is Jackson’s first start as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Edwin Jackson is 1-2 in four career starts against the Cubs with a 7.77 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-6
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-7 with 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-12 with a double and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-7 with 2 walks

Boys of Spring – The Movie
Friend of the CCO, Tim Sheridan, is putting the finishing touches on a Cubs documentary about his time with the Chicago Cubs. Tim is the long-time P.A. announcer at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and the film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-see footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo.

From the official press release: To be a part of Boys of Spring – The Movie, fans can donate as little as $10 using an Amazon.com account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on Kickstarter.com, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

The CCO will be running reminders during game previews for the next few weeks and I encourage the Faithful to check out ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie

Boot Campaign
Randy Wells and the Chicago Cubs are raising awareness of needs of military personnel. Wells will trade in his cleats for combat boots this week as part of the Boot Campaign, an initiative aimed at showing appreciation of the active military and raising awareness of the needs of military personnel.

Official Release from MLB.com

The CCO has been asked to pass this info onto our readers and we will run reminders throughout the week. For those that are interested in helping this great cause, please visit www.BootCampaign.com and purchase the “Give Back” combat boots.

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