Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/11/13

Game Ninety: Cubs (40-49) vs. Cardinals (55-34)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50/1.51) vs. Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78/1.35)

The Cubs begin their final series before the break tonight with the first of four against the first place St. Louis Cardinals. Outside of Wednesday’s lopsided loss, the Cubs have played better ball of late but will face a big challenge in the last four games leading up to the All-Star break.

The Cubs are 3-2 on the homestand and have won four of the last six. And while they have struggled against their rivals in the central this season (13-26), Dale Sveum’s team has won their last two series against division foes. The Cubs are 2-4 in the first six games of the season against the Cardinals and will have their hands full with arguably the best team in baseball.

After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Jake Westbrook, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to face Joe Kelly on Friday afternoon. Matt Garza remains on the schedule for Saturday night’s game and will square off against Lance Lynn. Travis Wood is slated to face Adam Wainwright in the finale on Sunday night.

The Cubs could be forced to make a roster move to bring in a bullpen arm. Brooks Raley threw the final 4 1/3 innings of Wednesday night’s game and does not figure to be available for this series. The rest of the bullpen is well rested so the Cubs might decide to add a position player to finish up the final four games.

Brian Bogusevic is expected to return tonight to the starting lineup, along with Nate Schierholtz. Both lefty outfielders are dealing with minor injuries and will benefit from the All-Star break.

Dale Sveum should load his lineup with as many lefties as possible tonight. Left-handers are hitting .348/.405/.457 against Jake Westbrook while right-handers are hitting just .197/.288/.215 against him. Even giving Alfonso Soriano a breather would be the right move considering the way he does not hit Jake Westbrook.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson is coming off one of his better starts of the season. Jackson held the Pirates to one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Jackson ran out of gas in the sixth before he could qualify for a quality start. Jackson looked good early before Dale Sveum got him out before the one bad inning happened.

Edwin Jackson has won his last two starts and is coming off his second best outing of the season at Wrigley. Jackson has allowed four runs on 11 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in his last 11 2/3 innings (3.08 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP).

Edwin Jackson makes his second start of the season against the Cardinals tonight. Jackson lost the game back on June 19 in St. Louis after allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Jackson is 1-4 in eight games, seven starts, versus one of his former teams with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-8 with three walks
  • Matt Carpenter – 2-for-3 with two walks
  • Allen Craig – 3-for-9
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-3
  • David Freese – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-22 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 2-for-8 with a double
  • Pete Kozma – 1-for-3
  • Yadier Molina – 9-for-15 with three home runs and two walks
  • Jake Westbrook – 0-for-1 with a walk

Jake Westbrook has made five starts since returning from the DL in the middle of June and he has been very good in two of them … and one was against the Cubs on June 19. If the Cubs use the same game plan tonight the results will be very similar. Westbrook held the Cubs to one unearned run on two hits in seven innings and beat Edwin Jackson 4-1. The key to beating Westbrook has always been to not swing at his pitch … let’s see if the Cubs read the scouting report tonight.

Westbrook held the Marlins to one run on three hits in seven innings his last time out. Westbrook has won three of his last four starts. Westbrook has had success against the Cubs since he landed in St. Louis during the 2010 season.

Jake Westbrook is 6-2 in 10 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … at Wrigley, 2-1 in four starts with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-17 with a double and a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 7-for-28 with a double and a walk
  • Edwin Jackson – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 3-for-13
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-5
  • Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-8 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-33 with two walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6 with two walks

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      got a hit from the righty Castro…let’s see if Cubs can capitalize!

  • Neil

    Baker’s side session with Bosio went well … Scott Baker will begin
    rehab assignment on Sunday with Kane County

  • cubtex

    Alfonso Soriano 47 RBI + Anthony Rizzo 51 RBI = 98 total RBI. Miguel Cabrera has 94 RBI with 30 HR. That is incredible! Can we give him the MVP now?

    • BosephHeyden

      As crazy as those number are, Chris Davis and his 33 HRand 85 RBI’s are almost as impressive. If his offense was a little less potent and didn’t knock runs in themselves, he might be tied with Cabrera for the RBI lead right now.

      • triple

        Yeah those numbers that both Davis and Cabrera are producing at are just ridiculous… Devin Hester type ridiculous!

  • Neil

    The Landmark Commission just approved the outfield signs.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    whoo hoo! Good job, by The Core!

  • Neil

    Good to see Rizzo drive the baseball

  • Neil

    From the Rooftop owners

    “Today’s decision is a blow to anyone who cares deeply for the historic and special nature of Wrigley Field.”

    Says rooftop owners came up with a plan in Jan but instead the Ricketts famliy “muscled through a plan today….”

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      might be unpopular, but I have no love for the rooftop owners’ position. If anything, I think the rooftops have ruined the historic and special nature (and views) from inside Wrigley…you know, where the paying customers are.
      I get the whole “we have a contract” thing, but go sue the Ricketts and settle for damages or something…just stop crying to the media about losting access to a product you don’t add value to.
      Wrigley needs upgrades…I have been in MN, Anaheim, San Diego…all are beautiful parks, nice big bathrooms, spacious suites…the whole experience is great, not just the field. Wrigley has just the field, imo…the infrastructure is junk practically.
      I for one welcome the future…and look forward to visiting a rehabbed Wrigley Field!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Let’s hope Edwin can pitch 8 solid, and turn it over to Gregg for a save. Feels like forever since Gregg has pitched for some reason.

    I am a bit surprised Gregg, Garza, and Soriano are all still Cubs.

    I think Soriano’s hot streak has officially ended. Agree with Neil in his opening comments that maybe resting Soriano due to his poor history against Westbrook would have been a good idea.

    Between CJ Wilson yesterday, and Westbrook today, I think they will have collectively reminded the league that Soriano can’t hit junk off the plate. If we are gonna trade, better do it now before he goes 0 for his next 15.
    I am fine with keeping Soriano, unless he is blocking some farm stud…but he is what he is…about .260-.270 now, low OBP, and streaky as hell, but will have 25 HRs at the end of the year.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    The Core strikes again!
    Rizzo getting out of this funk for good I hope! Castro maybe, too!

  • Neil

    Rizzo with a hit with RISP, worked count, went to left.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      You had barely finished typing this and Sori was out already. You were right…he should have sat him.

      • Neil

        Soriano just doesn’t hit Westbrook, no matter how hot he may be coming into that game. Three at bats and four outs for Soriano tonight.

  • paulcatanese

    Rooftop owners, I don’t think they care how bad they look from inside the park, and on TV.
    That was a great move by all to get it done, tell the rooftops to look around the parks in both leagues and see how may have “rooftops” around the parks.
    All bad things must come to an end, and hope they are one of them. If they were so anxious to be part of the
    Wrigley experience they should have purchased stock,
    that is inside the park. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever.

    • texcubnut

      You and Jason said it perfectly, Paul. I hope next election Cubs fans remember what Alderman Tunney has said and done.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s Boise Hawks starter, 2nd round pick Rob Zastryzny,is making his first professional start. He went an 1IP with no R and 2K in his last outing.

  • Neil

    Bogusevic with an excellent catch

  • Neil

    And on the Baez hit watch, he just singled and snapped his 0-for-since-his-home-run

  • Neil

    Excellent outing for Jackson.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs


      4 ERs his last 3 outings.

      28 ERs his last 10 outings…4.66 ERA. Not great, but shows how bad he started the year and now he is showing why the Cubs gave him a contract.
      Still…only 54 innings, due to some poor outings…need more innings from him. He should be helping us stay away from the bullpen more often than not.

  • Neil

    Castro with his third hit

  • Tom U

    Josh Vitters starting at 3B for the AZL Cubs tonight

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Is there a “word on the street” about Vitters or BJax? How does the FO view them now.
      I feel like I have heard nothing…almost wonder if that is by design, as they saw that both responded poorly to the big leagues last year…perhaps collapsing under the pressure of expectations. So has the lack of noise been purposeful to let them develop with less pressure and fanfare…lowering expectations if you will?
      Or are they just not good enough?

      • Tom U

        Vitters has suffered back and hamstring injuries this season. But according what the front office has publicly reported, they still see Vitters as a top prospect.

        Less is known about Jackson, as there was no timetable reported on his return.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    So do the Cubs keep Gregg around for at least another year? Ala Joe Borowski…got something unexpected from a guy, so why not just keep rolling with it until it stops working?
    Given his career ups and downs, I wouldn’t thing Gregg would break the bank. Plus if we sign him for 2 years and he does well, he could be a more valuable trade chip if teams acquiring him know that he is more than just a half season rental.

  • Matthew Larson

    It’s refreshing to see lights out pitching tonight from both EJAX and the bullpen. Hopefully, we will be able to see more wins from the Cubbies now as a result of eliminating some of the BP cancers (i.e. Camp, Marmol). :)

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-0 on Thursday night – Edwin
    Jackson: 0R, 3H, 0BB, 5K in 7 IP (91 pitches, 60 strikes)

    Starlin Castro:
    3-4, 2R; Anthony Rizzo: 2-3, 2B, 3RBI, BB; Brian Bogusevic: 1-4

    • paulcatanese

      Pretty bad error called on Gregg , tough play,
      could just as easy been called a hit.
      To get Jay was one big out, he can be tough.