Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 06/14/13

Game Sixty-Five: Cubs (26-38) vs. Mets (24-37)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76/1.57) vs. Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96/1.24)

The Cubs hit the road for seven games with the first of three in New York against the Metropolitans tonight. The trip wraps next Thursday with the last of four in St. Louis … 17 of the Cubs next 20 games are on the road with games from coast to coast leading up to the Fourth of July.

The Cubs difficult seven-game journey begins against a much different Mets team than the one they faced in Wrigley nearly a month ago. First the Cubs will miss Matt Harvey on this trip and both Ike Davis and Rick Ankiel are no longer on the roster. Davis was demoted and Ankiel was DFA’d. The Mets have added David Aardsma to their bullpen mix and he joins another former Cubs’ reliever, LaTroy Hawkins, in the pen.

The Cubs lost two of three to the Mets at Wrigley but should have taken two of three. The Cubs offense will not catch a break this weekend either. After tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Shaun Marcum, Scott Feldman is scheduled to face lefty Jon Niese on Saturday afternoon. Marcum and Niese are a combined 6-3 in 11 career starts against the Cubs. The season series with the Mets concludes on Sunday afternoon with Matt Garza taking on Jeremy Hefner.

Henry Rodriguez is expected to catch up with the Cubs today in New York. Rodriguez could be added to the Cubs active roster prior to tonight’s game with Brooks Raley going back down to Iowa to make room on the roster … but with the layoff, Rodriguez might throw for the coaching staff before being activated.

The Cubs should be glad to face a team outside of the NL Central. Dale Sveum’s team is 11-17 on the road this season and 18-17 versus teams that do not reside in the central.

Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off his best outing in a Cubs’ uniform and his second victory of the season. Jackson was incredibly sharp against the Pirates and limited the Bucs to one run on four hits in a season-high seven innings of work. Jackson issued just one free pass and struck out eight.

Jackson has really struggled this season, regardless what his peripheral numbers say. As is the case in baseball now, one cannot rely on numbers alone and until his last start Jackson had one or possibly two decent outings under his belt in 12 starts this season.

Edwin Jackson faced the Mets at Wrigley back on May 17. Jackson put together one his better outings that afternoon, he was just outpitched by Matt Harvey. Jackson allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

The road has been much kinder to Edwin Jackson this season. Jackson is 1-3 in five starts outside of Wrigley with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP and faces the Mets for the fifth time in his career tonight.

Edwin Jackson is 1-2 in five starts versus the Metropolitans with a 4.40 Era and a 1.21 WHIP. Jackson makes his second career start at Citi Field tonight. Jackson received a no decision in his previous outing after allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Jackson will face a much different Mets team tonight than the one that beat him at Wrigley.

Mets Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • John Buck – 3-for-16 with a home run
  • Marlon Byrd – 6-for-21 with four doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Lucas Duda – 2-for-9 with a double and two walks
  • Shaun Marcum – 1-for-6
  • Daniel Murphy – 2-for-12 with a home run
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Ruben Tejada – 0-for-10 with two walks
  • Jordany Valdespin – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • David Wright – 4-for-13 with a home run and two walks

Shaun Marcum is making his first start tonight since May 31 in Miami. Marcum was used in the 20-inning marathon against the Fish at Citi Field back on June 8 for eight innings out of the bullpen and had to have his next start pushed back. The Mets lost the extra innings game to the Marlins 2-1 with Marcum taking the loss after allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in eight innings.

After beginning the season on the shelf, Marcum has really struggled and his eight-inning relief appearance was actually his best outing of the year. Prior to his last game, Marcum was 0-4 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. This season he is 0-4 in five games, four starts, at Citi Field with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Shaun Marcum has never lost a game to the Chicago Cubs and has pretty much dominated the Cubs in the process. Marcum is 4-0 in five starts with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Shaun Marcum

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-14 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-16 with a triple and a home run
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-23 with a double and five walks
  • Scott Hairston – 1-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson – 3-for-8
  • Dioner Navarro – 5-for-19 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a double
  • Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-9
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Ripsnorter1

    Rizzo hitting the skids via Sveum: batting #5 now.

    Can’t blame Sveum….

    • Ray Ray

      Marcum is the type of pitcher that Rizzo should crush. Hopefully he can hit his first long ball in June tonight.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yup.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Stewart received a 10-game suspension. He’s appealing it.

    • Suzy S

      It’s a standard thing that Stewart would appeal.
      But I wonder if he knows how appalling his appeal is to the average fan.
      I was rooting for him at the beginning of the season…now, I wish he’d join the Mexican League or just go away.
      Montezuma’s Revenge might be too good for that bum.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It is standard, you are exactly right. This has more to do with the money than anything obviously. Hopefully they can work out a settlement and just move on and learn from the mistake.

        • Ray Ray

          Neil. Is the union the one appealing?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            From the way I understand it, yes.

          • Ray Ray

            Thanks. That’s what I thought.

      • paulcatanese

        Appalling ,appeal, has a musical ring to it Suzy:)

        • Suzy S

          Yes…I like musical rings, Paul. :-)

    • paulcatanese

      As I had said, normal procedure, the union stepping in.
      But Neil, Stewart is the reason you are having trouble getting twitter up, word has it that he had something to do with that:)

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I beginning to think so Paul … well done.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with #9

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a RBI single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bases clearing triple for DeJesus

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus is hurt badly

    • paulcatanese

      Just walked In sorry to hear that, hate to hear that with him, a true hustler.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus is leaving the game

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Favoring his shoulder

    • TheWrongGuy

      DeJesus walked off field on his own feet. I think he may have dislocated his shoulder running into wall in right-center field to catch fly ball. Awaiting medical report.

      I give my 2 cents to DeJesus. He ran into the wall full sprint.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Sun-Times on DeJesus: DeJesus going for an x-ray on right shoulder. Early indications suggest separated shoulder.

    • Ray Ray

      The good thing is that it is his non throwing shoulder.

  • Ray Ray

    Marlon Byrd has 10 HR’s? See what happens when you use your lower body. Much better swing now than when he was with Cubs.

  • John_CC

    I really hope DJD is alright.

    Cub luck, getting injured heading into July. Oye.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a three-hit night

    • paulcatanese

      I guess Ray, Ray called it:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A report from one of the I-Cubs beat guys is Darnell McDonald just left the game. He is guessing it is to replace DeJesus. McDonald is not on the 40-man.

    • Ray Ray

      He’s hitting .207. They don’t need to carry 6 outfielders. I thought they would bring Lillibridge back up where he is more versatile and could give Rizzo a day off against a LHP.

      • Ripsnorter1

        We do not need McDonald up here. GAG! Bring up Brett Jackson, and let him flail away! Or bring up Junior Lake. He’s hitting .389 in 36 AB in AAA Iowa.
        But keep Ole McDonald on the farm….team.

        And all of the XXXX drinkers said, “We’ll trade David DeJesus for the top 15 prospects some organization has, and we’ll be World Series bound in 2015….”

        Last year it was Garza, this year it is DeJesus. And Garza has almost no value now.

        • Suzy S

          How about Matt Szczur from AA? We could use a little speed on the bases.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            He’s doing better but he is no where near ready for the big leagues. Lake would be a better option and he is not ready either

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Here ya go …

          Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey said that Darnell McDonald was indeed hurt. Said it was a hip flexor.

  • Ray Ray

    Watching the O’s game. Manny Machado just hit his 30th double of the year on June 14th at the age of 20. Wow! What a future that kid has.

    • John_CC

      Kid is amazing.

      • Ray Ray

        30 doubles already. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Pirates passed on Machado and took a high school pitcher named Jameson Taillon, who may make it but is in AA right now. He has a 1.365 WHIP. But the Pirates do not have a bat at 3B, and this guy Machado has a glove as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Mets 6-3 on Friday night – Edwin Jackson: 1R,
    5H, 3BB, HBP, 7K in 6IP (102 pitches, 58 strikes)

    Rizzo: 3-4, 2B, 2R;
    DeJesus: 1-2, 3B, 3RBI; Schierholtz: 1-4, HR; Navarro: 2-4, R; Valbuena: 1-3, RBI,
    BB, R; Barney: 1-4, RBI, R

    • John_CC

      Good game. I hope Jackson can get some momentum. But he really needs to get the pitch counts down. Nice night for Rizzo, he is solid. Schierholtz is quietly putting up a very consistent season. I liked the pickup from day one.

    • paulcatanese

      And the Cubs are playing out of the central division:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Right shoulder strain for DeJesus … he’s going on the DL.

    • paulcatanese

      Too bad, hope for a speedy recovery.