Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 06/02/13

Game Fifty-Five: Cubs (23-31) vs. Diamondbacks (31-24)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11/1.57) vs. Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71/1.02)

The Cubs wrap up their five-game homestand this afternoon with the last of three against the Diamondbacks. After playing their best ball of the season for a week, the Cubs were embarrassed on Saturday night in a game started by their staff ace. Not only did the Cubs blow a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning but they allowed the Diamondbacks to score at will while not following the recipe that led to the team’s longest winning streak in nearly two years.

It will be interesting to see how the club responds this afternoon against a very good pitcher that has yet to lose a game this season.

Edwin Jackson faces a former team for the third time this season. Jackson tossed a no-hitter in a D-Backs’ uniform back on June 25, 2010 in Tampa. Jackson has looked very good against the Nationals and White Sox but rain has shortened his last two outings and that has to be a concern. The Cubs need a long outing from him this afternoon in the wake of Saturday night’s debacle and short turnaround.

The Cubs face arguably the best pitcher in the National League that no one is really talking about this season. Patrick Corbin has been unbeatable and nearly unhittable over his first 10 starts. Not only is Corbin a perfect 8-0 but the Diamondbacks are a perfect 10-0 in his ten starts.

Dale Sveum said on Saturday that Julio Borbon would get the start in centerfield today with the lefty on the hill. Other than Borbon and Anthony Rizzo, look for Sveum to load his lineup with right handers. Lefties are hitting just .120/.170/.208 against Corbin this season while righties have managed a .228/.299/.293 slash line.

In other newsDale Sveum tweaked his starting rotation with the two off days this week. Scott Feldman (Tuesday) and Matt Garza (Wednesday) will start the two games in Anaheim. Sveum decided to push Travis Wood back from the finale against the Angels to the opener on Friday against the Pirates at Wrigley. Wood has thrown a lot of pitches in his last two innings, mainly the season-high 115 he threw in Cincinnati in the start prior to his outing against the White Sox.

This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson’s last outing was cancelled with one out in the bottom of the third. Jackson had allowed only one hit and threw 33 pitches, 20 for strikes, over 2 1/3 innings. Jackson looked very good and was easily off to his best start of the season. The ball was coming out of his hand free and easy while he appeared to be pitching with the same confidence he had against the Nationals. Both of Jackson’s last two outings have been cut short due to rain but he should get a full outing in today.

Edwin Jackson has put together two forgettable months while also struggling in his home park. After posting a 0-4 record in his first six starts with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP, Jackson was 1-3 in four starts in May with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Jackson is winless in five starts (0-4) at Wrigley this season with a 7.81 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. As the cliché goes, Jackson should view today as the start of his season.

Edwin Jackson is 2-2 in seven career appearances, six starts, against Arizona with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Jackson was 1-0 in two starts against the Snakes a year ago with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Willie Bloomquist – 2-for-4
  • Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Eric Hinske – 0-for-12 with three walks
  • Jason Kubel – 5-for-18 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Miguel Montero – 4-for-9 with a double, a triple and two walks
  • Wil Nieves – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Gerardo Parra – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Cliff Pennington – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Martin Prado – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Cody Ross – 1-for-4

Patrick Corbin is the best pitcher in the National League that no one is really talking about. Corbin has dominated teams this season and until his last outing he had not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his first nine starts. Corbin was a spectacular over his first five starts and posted a 3-0 record with a 1.91 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP and he’s been even better of late.

Patrick Corbin is 5-0 in his last five starts with a 1.53 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. While the strikeout to walk ratio is a little under 3:1 (56 strikeouts, 20 walks), in 68 1/3 innings this season he has allowed only 50 hits. Corbin has actually pitched a little better on the road (3-0 in five starts with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and a .186 opponent BA) than at home (5-0 in five starts with a 1.69 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a .228 opponent BA).

After tossing a complete game gem in Colorado in which he allowed one run on three hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts, Corbin struggled for the first time this season in his last outing. Corbin lasted only six innings while giving up a season-high four runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Patrick Corbin has faced the Cubs for only one inning during a regular season game. Today will be his first career start against the Cubs and first appearance at Wrigley Field.

Starlin Castro (0-for-1), David DeJesus (0-for-1), Scott Hairston (0-for-2) and Dioner Navarro (1-for-3 with a home run) are the only Cubs on the active roster with limited at bats against Patrick Corbin.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Borbon – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Hairston – RF
    Navarro – C
    Ransom – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Jackson – P

  • Ray Ray

    Patrick Corbin 8-0 1.71 ERA. Last year Wade Miley was almost ROY. Diamondbacks got some good young pitching.

    • Tony_Hall

      Nice that you can compliment other teams young players. Miley has had a little bit of a set back this year 5.01 ERA 1.376 WHIP.

      • paulcatanese

        The Cubs have a group of pretty good youngsters also and fans were spoiled with the small sample they had in spring training.
        It just may come to some of these kids are brought up before their time, I know that’s not the plan, but I really don’t think it will ruin them if they are.
        If nothing else, the Cubs could get a good look at what they have. And I don’t mean B Jackson or Vitters, someone else that hasn’t had the chance.
        Don’t know Tony, just grasping at straws.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think as we sell off the short term guys over the next few months, we will see guys coming up who are on the 40 man roster already, with maybe a few others.

          April 10-16
          May 13-14

          Once again the team is improving as the season goes on, of course until they do start selling off.

      • Ray Ray

        I can compliment any player when it is merited. And Corbin was acquired from the Angels in the Dan Haren trade. Theo needs to get back a starting pitcher like this when he deals Garza.

        • Tony_Hall

          And yet you haven’t been able to find any Cubs player this year that merited a compliment…

          • Ray Ray

            Great bunt by Borbon. Love having a speed guy at the leadoff spot. Hope he gets a shot to play everyday when they deal DeJesus.

          • Tony_Hall

            Did you see him drop a fly ball? If Castro or Rizzo did that you would be so critical, yet Bourbon you are looking forward to seeing more?

          • Ray Ray

            Actually, no I didn’t see it. I caught bits and pieces of the game but he is someone who has promise and is young. He can run and bats leadoff. The Cubs do not have a leadoff hitter in AAA to take over next year. Borbon should be given an opportunity to see if he can play and handle that role. Players like Valbuena/Ransom are not future pieces at 3B. Dioneer Navarro is not a future piece. Scott Hairston is not a future piece. So yes, I am looking forward to seeing more of Borbon.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree on Borbon, just thought it is funny that you choose to say something positive right after he made the blooper real for years to come.

            There are only a handful of future pieces on this team, and I am sure everyone knows that Valbuena/Ransom, Navarro, Hairston, etc, are all short timers on the north side.

          • Ray Ray

            Nice catch by the old man Soriano in left. There….that is 2 compliments for you.

      • Ripsnorter1

        The Rookie of the Year award is a curse for the unfortunate player who wins it. Miley got close last year and he has stunk up the joint this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clevenger is starting a rehab assignment with Iowa on Monday

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Kane Co. – Unannounced
    Daytona – Austin Kirk (5-2, 5.06)
    Tennessee – Kyle Hendricks (5-2, 2.47)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (4-4 3.55)

    Some minor league notes:

    Reggie Golden had his first Single-A hit, a double, in over a year as he comes back from knee surgery

    Jason McLeod has just said that he doesn’t see Baez or Soler moving up soon, and I have to agree. After finally figuring out how to pick up Daytona broadcasts (and kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner), both do not have the approach at the plate that the front office wishes, swinging at anything remotely thrown in their direction.

    The word is that Justin Bour will be able to return to the line-up soon for Tennessee. No word yet on Jae-Hoon Ha.

    With Arodys Vizcaino out for the year, it will be interesting to see what the organization does with catcher JC Boscan. Boscan was specifically brought in to work with Vizcaino, while helping the rest of the staff. While hitting .274, catchers Rafael Lopez and Chadd Krist look like fast risers, while youngsters Justin Marra and Erick Castillo will be starting in Short Season-A in a couple of weeks.

    The DSL Cubs beat the Yankees in their opening game 3-2. Top international signee Frandy Delarosa started at shortstop and went 0-3 with a walk and stolen base

    • paulcatanese

      Guess you and Tony answered my question about someone coming up soon, was thinking about Baez and Soler.

    • Tom U

      LHP Michael Heesch (2-4, 4.13) has just been named Kane Co. starter

    • Tom U

      Today’s Tennessee game postponed due to weather

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    After Cubs pitching issued 8 walks last night, Jackson walks Parra to start the game

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson did not look good in the first inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good seeing the Cubs take a walk …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Borbon drops a routine fly and Jackson just gave up a two-run single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There is a lot of indifference on that field today

    • paulcatanese

      Right Neil, and I wonder how many “clubhouse” guys are still active. Nothing destroys morale like last night’s game and the way todays started. Like they were playing on a muddy field.
      Positives; Barney, three solid contacts, two for hits.
      Soriono, complete hustle double, great catch(for him).
      Hairston, strong home run.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Good points, there were positives just a lot of “blah” that outweighed the Barney, Soriano, Hairston performances

  • RynoTiger

    today’s sloppy play and results just magnifies how important it was to win last night. If I recall correctly, the last time the Cubs had a little win streak going this season it was followed by a losing streak of horrible play and offense production. So now that the winning streak has been snapped, I guess it’s time for another losing streak of horrible play and production.

    • Ray Ray

      When you have a team full of average platoon players that is what usually happens.

    • BosephHeyden

      The question was asked earlier this week why people weren’t talking more about the winning streak and making a bigger deal out of it. The unfortunate answer? This.

      The Cubs, unfortunately, do this. They did it last year: they look really impressive for a string of games, and they follow it up with a strung of games that not only undoes all the good, but then piles on.

      I want to see how they respond now that their winning streak is over. If they’re improving over last year, they’ll stop the loss streak either this game or the next. If they’re not, then it is unfortunately par for the course.

  • Ray Ray

    I hope they can find a taker for Edwin Jackson. Can’t imagine watching 4 more years of his starts.

    • DWalker

      who would take him? he needs at least this year off the books, then the rest of the contract doesn’t look so bad. But right now, why would anyone take him?

      • Ray Ray

        No one would take him without eating some of that contract(even after this year) He has no heart. Not a big game pitcher and he folds like a tent.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The contract does not change after this season. Jackson is owed $11 million per season over the four years of the contract. He was paid an $8 million signing bonus.

        • DWalker

          yes, but 3 years/33m still looks better than the rest of this year + 33 million yes?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed

  • matthew8510

    how long is team theo gonna keep running jackson out there are they trying to see if he can beat the record for most losses before the half

    • Ray Ray

      52 mil reasons why he will be running out there every 5 days.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hairston with a big fly, 2-run shot to left to tie the game after Soriano doubled with 2 outs

    • Brett

      RF platoon of Hairston & Schierholtz combined are around .250 with 12 hr & 36 rbi. Not bad for $4.75 million so far.

  • Ray Ray

    You tie the game up and Jackson gives the lead right back. 4 WP but with a better defensive catcher he probably would have 2.

  • DWalker

    I am kinda surprised the cubs even stayed this close against a good team with jackson pitching. I just don’t get Sveum leaving a pitcher who is getting hit in the 6th inning with 100+ pitches who has already struggled.

    • John_CC

      Well, the bullpen over use yesterday probably has something to do with, and pounding out took.

      • Ray Ray

        That’s a great point. That is why you need top of the rotation starters to go deep in the game. That is why I want to keep Garza. Unfortunately, I don’t think that is going to happen. He is going to be too sought after in FA.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He had to get some length. Putnam and Marmol were not available.

      • DWalker

        but he didn’t. He just got more DBacks across the plate. He also has an innings eater he could go to, but never uses as such. I get Sveum wanting him to work it out, but he was done and everyone knew it.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I stand corrected. Marmol is warming up. Heard he was not available today.

          • paulcatanese

            Sorry Neil, but you were correct, Marmol was not available:)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Good one Paul

  • RMercer69

    Anyone else sick of watching Navarro catch? His approach and indifference to balls in the dirt is atrocious. I don’t remember there being a worse Cubs catcher at blocking pitches in recent memory.

    • Ray Ray

      Barry Foote? No, I agree. He as bad as it gets.

    • Shawon O’Meter

      He doesn’t appear to care at all defensively. He is however our greatest home run hitter since Tuffy Rhodes.

  • RMercer69

    I knew that I missed Bob Brenly, but listening to the DBacks broadcast today makes me realize how much and I miss him even more

    • Ray Ray

      I don’t even listen to the WGN broadcast anymore. DeShaies is terrible.

      • Shawon O’Meter

        I disagree. I loved Brenly but I think Deshaies is doing an excellent job.

        • Ray Ray

          He is soooooo dry. It’s like watching a golf match when he announces. I unfortunately listened to him do a lot of Astro games and never cared for him. Would loved to see Sutcliffe or Karros. Someone with Cub ties.

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  • CubbyBlue

    it appears Theo has not rid himself of his Beantown days; crappy trades or signings of players like Lackey, Dice-K, Julio Lugo and Beckett plus Crawford; EJax is Theo at his best all over again. For all the complaining about JH, JH got 3 division titles; more than any other GM in past 60 yrs. Theo just blew 52M. We can wait for the kids to be ready in 2016; may or may not happen; but Theo/Jed are proving they have no clue on a pen, sign & trade for way too many injured players. and still can’t sign quality FA.
    EJax, Stewart, Baker, Vizcaino, Kijuwawa, Concepcion; add it all up and tha’s 78M………….yep read that again; that’s 78M.
    looking more like Dan Daquette made the Red Sox than Theo……….(look at the Orioles now too).
    105 yrs and counting………..and counting………..

    • BosephHeyden

      Unfortunately any good Jim Hendry did was undone by the fact he blew up that 2008 playoff team, gave most of the players away for nothing, and was inept at drafting players.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-4 to D-Backs on Sunday – Edwin Jackson: 7R, 5ER,
    3BB, 4WP, 4K in 5.2 IP (108 pitches, 62 strikes); 1-2, RBI

    Hairston: 1-2, HR,
    2RBI, HBP; Soriano: 1-4, 2B, R; Barney: 2-3, 2B, BB, R