Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 07/31/13

Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (48-58) vs. Brewers (46-61)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (6-11, 4.89/1.38) vs. Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.54/1.46)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will turn to Edwin Jackson to try to salvage the last game of the series against the Brewers. The Cubs will need a long, effective outing from Jackson tonight. The bullpen is spent and if the score is close late in the game, Dale Sveum might have to play matchups to avoid dropping all four to the Brewers.

With Blake Parker, Kevin Gregg and Michael Bowden throwing a lot of pitches in Tuesday’s doubleheader, all three relievers figure to be unavailable tonight. But none of it will matter if the Cubs keep struggling with runners on base and in scoring position.

Over the first three games of this series, the Cubs have put runs on the board in only two of the 27 innings. The Cubs are 14-for-103 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break and cannot string together any hits right now with runners on base.

The Cubs were playing good ball before this series against the Brewers. Dale Sveum’s team is 3-8 in the first 11 games of the season against Milwaukee and another loss tonight will inch them closer to the basement in the NL Central.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off another good outing. Jackson held the Giants to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Jackson took a two-hit shutout into the seventh but a walk to Pablo Sandoval and a double by Hunter Pence put runners on second and third. After Brandon Belt was intentionally walked, Jeff Francoeur blooped a single into right that plated two runs. Jackson turned the game over to the pen down 2-1. And the Cubs pulled out the win thanks to a miscue by Brandon Belt in the ninth.

Edwin Jackson is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 2.05 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP and will face the Brewers for the fourth time this season.

Edwin Jackson has struggled against the Brewers this year and has not fared too well against them in his career. Jackson has lost all three starts he’s made against Milwaukee this year and has been hit pretty hard in the process. Jackson has allowed 16 runs, 12 earned, on 18 hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings (6.48 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP). For his career, Jackson is 3-5 in 10 starts with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Norichika Aoki – 3-for-15 with a double and three walks
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 4-for-29 with a double and two walks
  • Juan Francisco – 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Caleb Gindl – 1-for-2
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-10 with a double
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 7-for-20 with two home runs and a walk
  • Martin Maldonado – 4-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-19 with a double and two home runs
  • Logan Schafer – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Jean Segura – 3-for-9 with a double
  • Rickie Weeks – 4-for-17 with two doubles, a home run and a walk

Wily Peralta was in the midst of his best stretch of the season before he took the hill in Colorado and was shelled. The Rockies pounded Peralta to the tune of eight runs, five earned, on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Prior to his start in Denver, Peralta had allowed a total on one run in four starts.

After just a miserable start to the season, Peralta is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

Wily Peralta has the stuff to be a good starter in the big leagues but struggles with command and confidence. If the Cubs allow him to get comfortable, he will dominate them once again. The Cubs must make Peralta work and not go up to the plate in swing mode.

Wily Peralta makes his fourth start of the season against the Cubs tonight. Peralta is 1-1 in the first three with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-1
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-5 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-7 with a home run and two walks
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-8
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-8 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • cubtex

    Now Greydigger…..This is the hilarious lineup you were looking for!

    • cubtex

      I imagine it went like this. All the lefthand hitters on one side….the righties on the other. OK. You 5 lefties bat first and Castro you are the first righty followed by Castillo and Ransom you are 8th today. Go get em boys!

      • J Daniel

        All I can say is wow! Can’t imagine lineups worse than this in the HISTORY of the club.

  • daverj

    I wonder how today’s lineup would fair in a best of 7 series against the following:

    Almora – CF
    Alcantara – 2B
    Baez – SS
    Bryant – LF
    Olt – 3B
    Soler – RF
    Vogelbach – 1B
    Boscan – C
    Starting Pitchers – Arrieta, Johnson, Edwards, Grimm, and Blackburn

    • CubbyDenCritic

      All seven games will go over 18 innings, lots of walks, errors, wild pitches on both sides…..both sides bull pens will blow save game situations………at the end, all seven games will be decided on bad umpire calls.

    • Dorasaga

      You mean, if we can beam this current Cubs lineup (most players at end of prime) to 2016? I have the feeling that 3-4 players on your proposed lineup will be gone by then, perhaps AAAA players for life, playing for a Japanese or Korean team.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    How much time is left before Vitters & BJax become 6 year minor league free agents?

    • Denver Mike

      They are both on the 40 man roster, so never if I understand the rule correctly..

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Both Jackson and Vitters are on the 40-man roster. They would not be eligible to become six-year minor league free agents.

      Jackson has two more option years after this season. Vitters has one more option year after this one.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        thanks…so Theo has time to work with these guys…..I just feel both will become back ups, good ones at that, but never every day starters……though miracles can happen.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re welcome and they do have time.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Too bad they couldn’t pull off another trade or two.

  • Dorasaga

    I just purchased mlb.tv today. I’m very happy today, not just because that I got to watch my beloved Cubbies everyday from now, not just because I figured out I still have extra dough to spend on this “entertainment of providing hope” to the masses, but also because of this:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/latest-on-biogenesis-1.html

    Well-analyzed, worth the read. Justice be done. I rarely side with the owners, but this is not about picking a side. ARod lied, continuously. He needs to be out of the league. Baseball needs to be clean. It’s up to Selig now, if his crew can negotiate with the union that by keeping ARod out of baseball, they can grant plea and free all other players in this Biogenesis report. One step at a time, Commissioner, one at a time…

    • DWalker

      While Braun plea bargains down to the end of a wasted season while he gets healthy.

      • J Daniel

        I would concur, I think Braun should have been slapped much harder. Wins a mvp, tests positives, lies about it, and continues on his merry way. But typical of our society as well.

        • Dorasaga

          It was the owners who had a blind eye, and now the M.L.B.P.A. (union). The union already gave in some power to help with extended drug test, but it’s really not enough. They cannot encourage players to lie. They cannot believe that staying adamant at protecting players privacy is good for baseball in the long run. It doesn’t work. They need to reward honesty. I think unlike Braun or ARod, those players who can stand up and admit his own PED use and talk about what really happens, should be guaranteed a contract. Positive reward. The union and the owners can cooperate. You don’t need many. Just a few. Regain trust. Then start a better system to catch and monetarily punish future PED use.

          If ARod and Braun be banned for life, and their contract voided with no contest by the union, then it’ll send a good message to baseball, and fans, and the legal side (arbitrators), that baseball can clean themselves. The can work this out. Players will lose their money, for life, if they cannot comply to a healthy environment.

          • J Daniel

            100% agree again!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Anthony Rizzo hit his 31st double of the season in
    the first inning. Rizzo is tied with Jay Bruce for 2nd in the NL.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo now has 31 doubles. It’s most by a Cubs player before 8/1 since Soriano had 30 in 2007

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just a thought for the people who run this site….would be nice to have a live up-to-date Cubs score board some where on the display if that is possible……maybe have it like the Wrigley Field score board…..might look cool.

    • calicub

      there used to be a live yahoo box score but idk what happned o it

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        MLB happened. Those widgets are no longer available. Sorry.

        • calicub

          gotcha.. i suppose MLB and ESPN have quitethe monopoly.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Yahoo Sports saying A-Rod will get a life time ban…….Shoeless Joe Jackson, Pete Rose and now A-Rod.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Money + Huge EGO = disaster.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        A-Rod’s down fall started when he was hanging out with that Madonna.!…he sure wasn’t like this when he was with Carmon Diaz.

        • Dorasaga

          But I contend that ARod NEEDS Madonna to save his career!

          • J Daniel

            Just like Rodman … YUCK!

  • Dorasaga

    Rizzo could pitch when younger, but I haven’t seen his arm lately. Will be interesting to watch him initiate a doubleplay.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    ESPN is saying MLB is pushing for life time ban on A-Rod due his lies and tampering in the PED investigation.

  • Dorasaga

    Great pitching by Jackson. Fooling Aoki. I was expecting an inside fastball, jamming, after that 3-0 count, but Edwin challenged Noric with a moving fastball. Then middle lower fastball to win that 3-2 count. Sharp breakers, good zip on his fastball, and of course, command.

  • Dorasaga

    Now, where’re the Rizzo downers? BTW, he’s my fantasy keeper.

    • TrevorPetersma

      I have Castro and Rizzo both as keepers. Not paying as big of dividends this year as I had hoped but I think it eventually will pay off

      • Dorasaga

        I had Castro for four years in a row. I’m leaning towards keeping Profar instead of Starlin for 2014, but still pondering…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big fly … #15

  • Dorasaga

    Athletic play by Castillo, saved Borbon from a shameful drop (and run served).
    … great call. he’s out.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a long home run. Good swing on that one.

    • Dorasaga

      A TOWERING HR.

  • Dorasaga

    I just had an idea. Let’s say Baez is ready to deliver in 2015, what if the Cubs trade Starlin to the Rakuten Eagles for M.Tanaka, a proven ace as good as Darvish? He’ll be in his last year under Japanese servitude, and he recently changed his mind, more drive to pitch for a MLB club. It’s not unprecedented. The Cubs had traded Hoffpauir and other lesser MLB talents to the Japanese big league.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catches by Schierholtz and DeJesus to start the sixth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the rain … game under rain delay

    • Dorasaga

      It’s official. Let’s go home.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shooting for 10:00 to resume play

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on … Jackson back out after a 1:06 rain delay.

  • jtrain23

    Ahh….love getting to see a little late night action. I’m kind of surprised to see Jackson back out and especially batting in the 6th. Hope he’s still sharp so he can build some momentum with a good outing.

  • Dorasaga

    No walks. 90 pitches and counting. This is your night, Edwin. This is all yours.

  • Dorasaga

    Good pitch. Outer part of the plate with movement. Kudos to Lucroy for slapping that towards the line.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro almost threw out Gindl. Castro has played a very good game.

    • Dorasaga

      Yes, he can. He’s still improving. Positive impact from good defensive players like Valbuena, Barney, Rizzo around him. They can grow together. The coaches be given some credit for Castro’s improvement, but I won’t say as much as the players figuring things out with each other at the present moment.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson pitched a very good game tonight

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He has the best “stuff” on the staff. I personally am glad we have him. When he’s conaistent he is a solid #3 pitcher, maybe even a 2 at times.

      • Dorasaga

        #3-s can’t log 200 IP every year. Edwin’s #2 alright.

  • Dorasaga

    I have no idea what is Parker doing. Call up someone else. McNutt?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He’s hard to watch. Good stuff, just not enough strikes.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers
    6-1 on Wednesday night – Edwin Jackson: 1R, 8H, 0BB, 4K in 8IP (94 pitches, 62
    strikes)

    Anthony Rizzo: 2-4, HR, 2B, 2RBI; David DeJesus: 2-3, 3RBI, R, BB;
    Starlin Castro: 2-4, HR