Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 05/05/13

Game Thirty-One: Cubs (11-19) vs. Reds (17-14)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (0-4, 6.27/1.61) vs. Mat Latos (2-0, 1.83/1.09)

After three straight rough losses, the Cubs will try to salvage the series finale against the Reds. The Cubs have actually outplayed the Reds, for the most part, over the first five games of the season but they have not been able to put the game away for one reason or another. And unfortunately it will not get any easier this afternoon with Mat Latos on the hill.

The Reds have had their way with the Cubs over the last few years. The Cubs have dropped eight in a row to the Redlegs at Wrigley dating back to August 10, 2012, the longest skid against the Reds at home since 1916 … and the Cubs have lost 11 straight day games at Wrigley to the Reds. So to say they need Edwin Jackson to step up and end three losing streaks today would be an understatement.

Edwin Jackson is coming off what he called the worst start of his career and admitted afterward that he would have probably booed himself as well. Today is a big start for Jackson due to the fact his first six outings of a four-year contract have not gone well. Jackson needs to pitch effectively deep into the game in order to give his team a shot at a win.

One of the keys for the Cubs today is to limit the amount of free passes. The Cubs walked seven batters on Friday and eight more on Saturday to go along with a hit batsman.

Welington Castillo should receive the day off after getting hit in the left ankle by Tony Cingrani on Saturday. Castillo was in obvious pain and appeared to favor it throughout the game.

On Cinco de Mayo, it all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson has to be happy the calendar flipped to a new month after his first April in a Cubs’ uniform. Jackson consistently struggled throughout his first six starts. While he was often hurt by one bad inning, his command was off and he never appeared comfortable on the mound. The Cubs need for Jackson to let April go and begin his season this afternoon.

After his first true quality start of the season in Miami, Jackson was hammered by the Padres on a very windy night at Wrigley. Jackson lasted only 4 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on 11 hits. Jackson was booed on his way to the dugout and said after the game he would have booed as well. Jackson called it his worst start of his career, hopefully it was a wake-up call for the talented Mr. Jackson.

Edwin Jackson did not face the Reds at the Great American Ball Park. This afternoon is his fourth career start against the Redlegs. Jackson is 1-0 in three starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Jay Bruce – 0-for-8
  • Shin-Soo Choo – 8-for-22 with three doubles and three walks
  • Zack Cozart – 0-for-4
  • Todd Frazier – 0-for-2
  • Jack Hannahan – 1-for-5
  • Cesar Izturis – 0-for-12 with a walk
  • Devin Mesoraco – 0-for-3
  • Corky Miller – 0-for-1
  • Brandon Phillips – 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Joey Votto – 2-for-10 with two home runs

Mat Latos followed up his seven innings of shutout ball against the Cubs on April 24 with six innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals in his last outing. Latos is turning himself into one of the top pitchers in the league. In his last three starts (20 innings), Latos has allowed one run on 15 hits with five walks and 18 strikeouts (0.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).

The Cubs have always had problems with Mat Latos. The rather large right-hander is 3-2 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in one start with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP (two runs on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-7
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-16
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-4
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-21
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Here’s hoping Jackson pitches closer to what his career numbers indicate.

    • Brp921

      I was a big proponent for bringing him in even before this year. I am surprised at how he’s performed. He’s got to turn it around at some point. Hopefully that will be today.

      • BosephHeyden

        He was a good signing…if he would have been signed for two years max. He’s well traveled because he hasn’t really proven he’s worth a long term contract. It’s why teams trade him every year.

        It’s kind of a pity that he has sucked everywhere this year. If it was just at Wrigley, maybe they could have convinced teams that it was the park that wasn’t good for him.

        • Brp921

          I would think since they gave him four years they plan to keep him, but if the plan is to trade him there is still plenty of time for him to turn things around.

  • paulcatanese

    I have figured out Marmol, start him in the games he is able to pitch. At least the first or maybe into the second inning. This way, sink or swim the Cubs will know where they stand in the game, and can play accordingly.
    Since as Sveum says, he has to pitch, there will be no unknowns, and they have six or seven innings to adjust.
    Use the starting pitcher from the second or third inning on.

    • SuzyS

      Paul :-), Better that they figure out some sort of DL…pitch him every day in the minors on a rehab assignment…and if he can’t throw strikes by then…just cut ties with him.

      • paulcatanese

        That post was tongue in cheek, not to be taken seriously, then again Marmol cant’ seem to be effective in the later innings.

        As I think more about it what you say is relevant, but don’t think the Cubs will do anything like that unless they have some kind of return or replacement for him.

        Seriously, I would rather see him start and then replaced as needed, it may turn his thought process around. If memory serves me correctly, wasn’t he a starter to begin with?

        Anything is better than what he is doing now, turn him back to a bullpen catcher as he was a catcher before converting to pitching.

        As has been said lately, he is destroying morale (even if they say he is not) , fan base, and anything else that can be thought of.

        Problem is, he is a good guy that is completely lost at what he is doing, and if he was the same kind of person that Zambrano was, cutting him would be simple.

        • SuzyS

          Paul, I knew the post was tongue in cheek. As a person…Marmol’s a good guy.

          I’m really not sure what the Cubs could do with him…but for the record…If we’re going to go through that kind of thing…I want them to be auditioning a young guy…not a guy that won’t be here next year.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree Suzy, the Cubs should be auditioning someone younger, if the youngster struggles, so be it.
            At least he would be easier (I think) to correct bad habits VS someone who’s habits seem to be ingrained.
            And it would be leaning towards the future, not struggling with the past.
            Oh well, lets see what today holds, can’t say the Cubs aren’t entertaining.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Penrod/700030874 Jason Penrod

      I’m surprised teams haven’t tried something like that. Forget the 5 starters/ 7 Relief pitchers idea. Why not have 12 pitchers that can pitch 3, 4 or 5 innings apiece? A good pitcher might be able to get 50 wins in a year lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

        Oakland tried it under LaRussa. The starters didn’t like going less than 5 innings because they couldn’t get wins but they could get losses. Those numbers could affect them come contract time.

      • Brp921

        If they started Marmol for two innings a game, like Paul said, Marmol could have fifty losses in a year:)

  • Tom U

    A few notes while waiting for the Kane Co game to start:

    The chemistry on the Cougars appears to be great. It seens as if this group really enjoys being together

    Bijan Rademacher is closing in on being the best defensive outfielder in the system

    Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, and Marco Hernandez are considered by outsiders to be among the best.prospects here

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat for DeJesus to start the game

  • Dorasaga

    It’s been more than a month and 30 games since 4/1, and Castro needs to be moved down the lineup. Move Rizzo to 2nd, Soriano and Schierholz up. Let those who perform have more chances to attack.

    • paulcatanese

      Right, he has done better in the 5 slot, better average and more relaxed.

  • Dorasaga

    Let’s hope H.P.empire will give Latos the same trouble the next half as well. Because Edwin could have three strikes with one ball, not two on bases.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good at bat by Luis Valbuena

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson gives up a single, single, double, single, wild pitch. Down 3-0 runner on second, no outs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    19 wild pitches for the Cubs now, four passed balls

    • Ray Ray

      Another ball Navarro should have caught. He is terrible defensively.

  • RynoTiger

    so far into the season, where does Jackson’s deal rank with all of MLB free agent deals from this past off season when it comes to being a bust?

    • Ray Ray

      Josh Hamilton so far is the worst by far. Edwin Jackson was an overpay and it made no sense to tie up a back end guy like him. It was a head scratcher.

      • RynoTiger

        sometimes when you spend the big money it doesn’t matter.
        scary realization today: Pujols and Luis Valbuena have very similar stats at this point in the season. and look how much the Cubs saved by signing Valbuena as opposed to Pujols. Holy Cow!

  • Tony_Hall

    I hope they are both alright and no one is seriously hurt….but we will take the 2 runs.

    • Tony_Hall

      And now 3 runs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here’s Marmol

  • BosephHeyden

    Remember that idea of starting Marmol? Let’s see how far they stretch him today.

    • Ray Ray

      He’s up 3rd this inning so that was probably it.

      • BosephHeyden

        I’d just as well let him hit. The guys on the bench aren’t particularly attractive options (Ransom and Bourbon I’d just as well save for later to do a double switch if needed, the other guys aren’t that great). Maybe he suddenly learned how to hit?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good inning for Marmol

    • SuzyS

      Not a save situation.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed … It is time for the Cubs and the media to be just as hard on Shawn Camp. He’s been equally as bad as Marmol this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kyuji Fujikawa makes his first rehab outing with Iowa.
    Fujikawa just entered the game in the 6th in Des Moines

  • Ray Ray

    I have to agree with those who don’t like the Len Kasper/ Jim Deshaies combo. About as dry as stale toast. I never cared for Deshaies when he did Astro games and it hasn’t changed.

  • Ray Ray

    Shawn Camp and Kameron Loe should be the next 2 relievers to go.

  • GaryLeeT

    So there is not one single arm at Iowa, better than Camp? I am pretty sure they all are.

    • Tony_Hall

      Yoanner Negrin 2.93 ERA 1.37 WHIP
      Blake Parker 2.70 ERA 1.00 WHIP
      Casey Coleman 3.38 ERA 1.25 WHIP
      Rafael Dolis 3.52 ERA 1.17 WHIP

      That’s the best 4

      • John_CC

        They all deserve a shot over Loe and/or Camp.

        • Tony_Hall

          I would think so. Loe will be gone in the next week when Fujikawa comes back. Whatever high Camp was riding last year that made him effective is gone. The hard part is we have seen most of these guys before and they have never stuck. But I would rather see them getting experience then Camp much longer.

          • John_CC

            Totally agree. Dolis showed flashes last year and if it’s someone like him or Camp I’d rather see the prospects get experience and see if they can adjust than the 38 year old.

  • Ray Ray

    This is why I don’t think now is the time to cut Marmol. He is still a much better option than Camp and Loe.

  • GaryLeeT

    The Cub’s pen has a nice little streak of allowing 2 or more runs after the 7th, for 6 games in a row.

  • BosephHeyden

    Well, the Cubs have ideal guy up to drive in these two baserunners, if not three. Unfortunately he’s up two batters too late.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to the #Reds on Sunday afternoon – Edwin Jackson: 4R, 8H, BB, 5K in 5IP (86 pitches, 51 strikes)

    Cubs 0-5 on Sundays

    Rizzo: 1-4, RBI, BB, R; Soriano: 1-5, 2B, 2RBI; Schierholtz: 1-4, RBI; DeJesus: 2-5, 2B, R; Valbuena: 0-1, 3BB

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