Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/20/13

Game Sixteen: Cubs (5-10) vs. Brewers (7-8)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Edwin Jackson (0-2, 6.06/1.59) vs. Hiram Burgos (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The good news over the first 15 games of the season is that the Cubs have been in every game, the bad news is one or two plays in each of the 10 losses have cost them the game. The Cubs are 2-4 in games decided by one run and five of their other six losses have been decided by three runs or less.

The Cubs have really struggled against the Brewers over the last two-plus seasons. After going 6-10 versus Milwaukee in 2011, Dale Sveum’s Cubs were a miserable 4-13 against the Brewers last year … just five wins over their last 15 games with the Brewers.

The Cubs must figure out a way to keep from digging themselves an early hole tonight. In two of the first three games, Cubs’ pitching has allowed four runs in the first inning to the Brewers. While the Brewers have a questionable, at best, pitching staff, the Cubs are not built to comeback from four-run deficits.

Dale Sveum and the Cubs need a good outing from Edwin Jackson tonight.

Edwin Jackson has not had a good start to his Cubs’ career. The one bad inning syndrome has followed Jackson to Chicago, at least over his first three starts. Jackson has struggled for one inning in each of his outings this year and it has cost his team.

The offense gave Edwin Jackson a 4-1 cushion in his last outing before the wild pitch party commenced and the Cubs’ lead evaporated. Jackson received a no decision in his outing against the Giants after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, four walks, two wild pitches and nine strikeouts. Jackson has very good stuff, and it is the lack of consistency that has hurt him this season.

Jackson gets his second crack at the Brewers. Milwaukee pounded Jackson in the opener at Wrigley and put four runs on the board in the first inning, and five runs in the first two frames, before Jackson changed the grip on his fastball and started throwing quality strikes. Jackson has had success against the Brewers in his career (3-3 in eight starts with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP) … and it’s time for him to step up tonight and at least deliver a quality start.

Edwin Jackson makes his fourth career start at Miller Park tonight. Jackson is 2-1 in three career starts in Milwaukee with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Norichika Aoki – 3-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 4-for-26 with a double and two walks
  • Ryan Braun – 7-for-22 with five doubles and two walk
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-10 with a double
  • Alex Gonzalez – 3-for-7 with a double, a triple and two walks
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 5-for-14 with a home run and a walk
  • Martin Maldonado – 3-for-4 with a double
  • Jean Segura – 1-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 3-for-12 with a double, a home run and a walk

The Cubs will get their first look at the Brewers’ reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Hiram Burgos. The Brewers selected the 25-year old right hander in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. Burgos was 10-4 in 28 games, 27 starts, with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over three levels of the Brewers’ system a year ago. Burgos made three starts for Triple-A Nashville this year and was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Hiram Burgos is the type of pitcher that has given the Cubs a lot of problems in recent years. Burgos throws a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s (88-91 mph), a cutter, a changeup, curveball and slider and can throw all of his pitches for strikes in any count.

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Jackson – P

  • Ray Ray

    Some of the best trades are the ones you never make! Rick Porcello has been regressing every year. He got absolutely hammered today. Gave up 9 ER today in .2 of an inning. He has only 3 K’s in 3 starts this year. He doesn’t miss bats and I am so glad the Cubs never gave up any of their prospects to aquire him.

    • BosephHeyden

      The season is still young. You look at everything you mentioned, say he’s not worth getting, and you’re probably right. Problem is that GM’s (and I am not singling out Team Hoyer/Epstein, just going general here) will look at Porcello’s “upside”. They’ll see he’s still in his early 20’s, they’ll look at Detroit versus THEIR ballpark, and they will find a reason to go after him. Basically he’s got trade value until he hits 30.

      • Ray Ray

        They said the same thing about Volstad. If you can’t get outs it doesn’t matter how young you are.

    • SuzyS

      Would you give up Marmol for Porcello straight up?

      • Bredstik


      • Ray Ray

        as silly as this might sound Suzy…no I wouldn’t. Now, if the Tigers are willing to take all of Marmol’s salary, I wouldn’t care if they gave anything back. But, if they had to pay all of Marmol’s salary and get back Porcello who will probably get a raise next year to 7 mil plus. How many #5 starters does 1 team need?

    • Ripsnorter1

      He was always awful. I don’t get Jed’s infatuation with Feldman/Volstad/Porcello types.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Daytona – Ben Wells (1-0, 3.21)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (0-2, 4.67)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.50)

    Kane Co. won Game 1 of a doubleheader 7-3. Pierce Johnson with 5 innings, an unearned run, and 6 strikeouts. Jeimer Candelario 2-4, double, 2 RBI. Rock Shoulders 2-for-3, HR (3) RBI.

    Game 2 is tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth. Rock Shoulders 2-2, HR (4) 2 RBI. Tayler Scott 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 K.

  • Tom U

    As reported earlier, Iowa places IF Tim Torres on the 7-day disabled list, activates IF Brent Lillibridge

  • Neil

    Castro with a 12 game hitting streak

  • Neil

    Soriano with a RBI and a hit with a runner in scoring position

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Indians are ahead of the Astros in the 2nd inning: 14-1.

    I think the Astros has last place wrapped up this year.

  • matthew8510

    the games isnt on comcast sports net what channel is it on?

    • Neil

      You should check one more time, it is on Comcast SportsNet

    • Brp921

      My sattelite has them on an alternate comcast channel a little higher up, if your cable or sat has alternates that’s where you should look.

  • Neil

    That was a nice pick by Valbuena to end the fourth

  • Ripsnorter1

    Javier Baez is off to a slow start in A ball:
    71 PA….2 BB….212 BA….66 AB….20 K….but slugging .455.

    Jorge Soler is off to a fast start:

    35 PA…29 AB….414 BA….514 OBP…690 slug

  • Brp921

    That was a heads up play by both Rizzo and Jackson to still get the out on the drop by Rizzo.

  • Neil

    Basically the third error of the inning … only two charged

  • Neil

    Third charged error in two innings

  • GaryLeeT

    As the old saying goes, water seeks its own level, and losers find a way to lose.

  • Brp921

    Game, set, match…

  • matthew8510

    i got dish and the bulls game is on comcast sports net right now

    • DWalker

      I found it on 9516 on dish

  • GaryLeeT

    So ‘the plan” is for the Cubs to bide their time with perennial 100 loss teams until Soler, Almora, and Baez are ready, and the renovation -TV revenue streams hit? Pure genius.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 5-1 to Brewers on Saturday night – Edwin Jackson: 5R, 1ER, 4H, 1BB, 4K, E in 6IP (91 pitches, 62 strikes) … Castro: 1-4, R; Soriano: 1-4, RBI; Schierholtz: 1-4, 2B; Cubs charged with 3 errors; Cubs offense:
    1-4 RISP, 5 LOB

  • BosephHeyden

    I know there were errors, but 5 runs is 5 runs. That’s not good, earned or not, because you still let them get on base and in a position to score. This Edwin Jackson signing could be a bad move that haunts the Cubs for a while, and these past few starts make you realize why no one ever gave the guy more than a year.