Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 04/25/13

Game Twenty-One: Cubs (6-14) vs. Marlins (5-16)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Marlins Park, Miami

Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84/1.39) vs. Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90/1.23)

The Cubs open a four-game series in Miami tonight in search of just their second win on the current 10-game road trip. After giving the series to the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cubs dropped two of three in Cincinnati by a combined two runs. The Cubs have been in all 20 of their games but due to their own inadequacies, the Cubs are staring up at the breakeven point with an eighth of the season in the rearview mirror.

The Cubs will miss the Marlins’ 20-year old pitching phenom Jose Fernandez but still have to face an old nemesis in the finale on Sunday afternoon. After tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Kevin Slowey, Scott Feldman is scheduled to square off against lefty Wade LeBlanc on Friday night. Travis Wood faces Alex Sanabia on Saturday night with Carlos Villanueva wrapping up the series against Ricky Nolasco on Sunday.

Dale Sveum’s team won just two of the six games with the Fish (2-4) a year ago but a number of those players are now wearing a Blue Jays’ uniform.

Keep an eye on Starlin Castro. Castro has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, reached base safely in 16 straight and 18 of the 20 games the Cubs have played this season.

Two of the worst teams in baseball, by record, will battle all weekend. If the winning percentages hold up, this could be a preview of the fight for draft position in 2014 at the end of the season.

Edwin Jackson is coming off his best outing of the season. Jackson was sharp against the Brewers but three charged errors, including one of his own, led to four unearned runs and Jackson’s third loss of the season. Jackson pounded the zone much better than in his three previous starts and walked only one batter. Jackson for the most part has not pitched to the front office’s expectations. Until he starts putting the one bad inning behind him, Jackson’s win-loss record will not improve.

Jackson has pitched rather well outside of Wrigley. Jackson is winless in two starts (0-2) but has allowed seven runs, three earned, on seven hits in 11 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts (2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP)

Edwin Jackson has struggled in his career against the Marlins. In eight games, seven starts, Jackson has just one win (1-6) with a 6.69 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Jackson lost all three games he started against the Marlins last season (0-3 with a 6.06 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP).

Marlins Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Rob Brantly – 1-for-2
  • Chris Coghlan – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Greg Dobbs – 2-for-8
  • Nick Green – 2-for-4 with a double and a home run
  • Miguel Olivo – 4-for-8 with a double and two home runs
  • Juan Pierre – 3-for-11 with a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 0-for-10 with a walk
  • Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk

Kevin Slowey is off to a very good start on a not-so-good team. Slowey has allowed two earned runs in one of his four starts while allowing only one run in each of his three other starts. Slowey has held very good teams, such as the Reds, Nationals and Braves in check.

Slowey is coming off an excellent outing against the Reds. Slowey held Dusty’s bunch in check for six innings. The Reds scored one run on four hits while Slowey issued one walk and stuck out four. If the Cubs were looking for a break, they will not get one tonight with Kevin Slowey on the hill.

Kevin Slowey faced the Cubs in a Twins’ uniform back on June 12, 2009 at Wrigley Field. Slowey beat Randy Wells 7-4 while striking out a season-high 10 batters in six innings … this game became known as the Milton Bradley game. Bradley lost count of the number of outs in the eighth inning and tossed the ball into the bleachers.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kevin Slowey

  • Julio Borbon – 0-for-2
  • David DeJesus – 7-for-20 with four doubles and one home run
  • Dioner Navarro – 3-for-3 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-3
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-10 with a double

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  • Neil

    From the Tribune: Garza feeling better. Will throw in a game this week.

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Tom U

    In something that will make a lot of us feel old, Dwight Smith Jr. was just promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto).

    • SuzyS

      I feel old without seeing Dewey’s son being promoted.
      Tom, I was sorry to see J Bour has a setback. What type of projection do you have for him considering his competition? He has been productive at Tennessee…BUT…???

      • Tom U

        Suzy, I’m taking the night off for the NFL Draft, but I can’t ignore a question from you.

        In my book, Bour should have started the year at Triple-A, especially since Greg Rohan is out with an injury. Bour is simply a run producer. He excels at hitting in the clutch. That’s not a quality that you see in a lot of players.

        As far as his future, Bour will probably moved to an AL team as a DH.

        Incidentally, in looking at NFL drafts of the past, the 1989 first round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers:

        Tom Ricketts

    • Ripsnorter1

      Dwight Smith was sure exciting in 1989, along with Jerome Walton and the rest of the Cubs.

  • Neil

    Castro with a RBI single … and they scored a leadoff double

  • SuzyS

    David Kaplan’s column is well worth the read with some Theo thoughts included:

    • DWalker

      That really does show the real state of affairs. What a fiasco. I am guessing there is no way for them to restructure that debt either due to the terms of the sale.

      • SuzyS

        I would have to agree…Zell’s 5 percent probably has to stay in place for x-amount of years as well…and that may dictate when the Cubs can restructure.
        But I’m just an onlooker.
        All along people have failed to consider the $30 plus million nut Ricketts has to shell out just for interest payments alone…that no other Cub’s owner has had to deal with.

        • Ripsnorter1

          If you think that’s a lot of dough, just think about paying $50 per ticket to watch this product!

          • SuzyS

            Only $50??? – As I said in the off season…this year I will not be going to Wrigley except if free tickets are offered…and then I’d still have to think about it.
            Kane County and other minor league games where the teams
            are competitive will have to sate my thirst for live baseball.

      • paulcatanese

        I think new uniforms are out of the question.

    • GaryLeeT

      It’s what we all knew to true. The rebuilding process has been greatly slowed by a lack of revenue. I just wish Ricketts would take out a full page ad, in the SunTimes, and apologize for the product on the field, but that’s all he can afford right now. I could live with that, instead of “all this losing is by design”

  • BosephHeyden

    This may be the worst possible day to have a game strictly on WCIU. It’s the first round of the NFL draft, so most people in Chicago are likely going to focus their attention to the Bears. If there was ever a day to have a WGN game, today is it.

  • BosephHeyden

    The Kansas City Royals are in first place in the AL Central near the end of April. We all figure this won’t last, but if it does last later into the season, then this matters to the Cubs for this reason: the Royals pulled a “by any means necessary” trade to get their weakness filled (starting pitching) and it will have paid off.

    The Cubs are intent on rebuilding internally, but at the end of this season, they need to look at their farm system not just for pieces, but also to see who they have that can be moved to fill a weakness now. Their farm system isn’t the greatest and is getting better, but if they want it bad enough, they can create a trade to obtain what they need to compete in 2014 and beyond.

    • SuzyS

      Boseph…KC built their farm system for years…like Toronto…and then pulled the trigger.
      We won’t be ready for that type of move this off season.
      The link I provided below to David Kaplan’s column shows we’re probably at least two years away from making that type of move.

  • Ken Chrisman

    If the cubs are going to let Rizzo play everyday, why don’t they move him down to the 6 spot until he starts to hit.

    • calicub

      sophomore slump + WBC = rough year for Rizzo I’m afraid…

  • Neil

    Nice back-to-back doubles from Schierholtz and Castillo

    • calicub

      I had the game on mute earlier, why was there no throw on Pierre’s SB?

  • Neil

    Schierholtz with a homer

  • calicub

    ‘The Duke’ and Shierholtz need to be moved up in the order

  • Neil

    Nice play by Barney and Castro, glove to barehand to end the inning.

  • Neil

    Luis! Luis!

    • Bredstik


  • Neil

    And the Fish have runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the ninth … here comes Pierre to bunt. Excellent play by Castillo

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Marlins 4-3 on Thursday night – Edwin Jackson: 3R, 5H, 4BB, 4K, HBP in 6IP (100 pitches, 59 strikes) … Valbuena: 1-4, HR; Castro: 1-4, RBI; Schierholtz: 2-4, HR, 2B, 2R; Castillo: 1-4, 2B, RBI

  • Neil

    I will say this, that was good ole Marmol on the last two to Stanton

  • RickinMSP

    It hasn’t been pretty and I know he has allowed at least one inherited runner to score, but that is the 8th consecutive appearance for Marmol without giving up an earned run. His ERA is still ugly, but from where it started, it isn’t too bad.

  • paulcatanese

    Stewart who?? Third base seems to be taking care of itself quite nicely.