Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 07/26/13

Game One Hundred One: Cubs (45-55) vs. Giants (46-55)

  • Game Time – 9:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.03/1.41) vs. Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00/1.20)

A new Era in Chicago Cubs baseball begins tonight with the first of three in San Francisco against the defending World Series Champs. With Alfonso Soriano back in the Bronx, the Cubs will move forward with Junior Lake in left field for now. The Cubs could fill Soriano’s spot on the roster with a pitcher to help give the bullpen some relief from a lot of use since the coming back from the break.

The Cubs are 3-4 on the current 10-game trip and will turn to Edwin Jackson to start the weekend in San Francisco off on the right foot. The Giants took three of four from the Cubs back in April in a series the Cubs should have won all four games.

After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Matt Cain, Chris Rusin is scheduled to face Madison Bumgarner on Saturday with Travis Wood and Tim Lincecum wrapping up the series on Sunday afternoon.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off his third quality start in four outings but took the loss in Colorado after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. Jackson threw the ball well and put together the best outing of his career against the Rockies.

Edwin Jackson has been very good of late and is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. In his last 19 2/3 innings, Jackson has given up 12 hits and four walks while striking out 13 batters.

Edwin Jackson faced the Giants in the finale of the four game series at Wrigley in April. The Cubs jumped out to an early lead on Tim Lincecum but multiple wild pitches, bad defense and a balk ended up costing the Cubs the game. Jackson took a no decision after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Edwin Jackson is 2-2 in six career games, five starts, against the Giants with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP … at AT&T Park, Jackson is 1-1 in two starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Brandon Belt – 0-for-3 with two walks
  • Gregor Blanco – 3-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and two walks
  • Matt Cain – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Jeff Francoeur – 1-for-3
  • Hunter Pence – 2-for-10 with a double and two walks
  • Buster Posey – 0-for-3
  • Pablo Sandoval – 6-for-11 with a double and a home run
  • Marco Scutaro – 8-for-26 with two home runs
  • Andres Torres – 2-for-13 with a double, a triple and a walk

Matt Cain has really struggled this season and many are thinking all of the innings he’s pitched have finally caught up with him. Cain is in the middle of the worst stretch of his career. Even with coming off a victory over Arizona, Cain is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 14.63 ERA and a 2.88 WHIP.

The Cubs must make him work tonight, just like that did in April at Wrigley. Cain is just 4-4 in 11 starts in his home park this season with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Obviously, Cain has the ability to shut down any team on any given night … let’s hope his season long struggles continue for one more game.

Matt Cain received a no decision at Wrigley in April after allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. For his career, Cain is 6-2 in 14 starts with a 2.46 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP against the Cubs.

Cubs Career Numbers against Matt Cain

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-8
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-17 with a home run and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 6-for-15 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Cole Gillespie – 1-for-1
  • Edwin Jackson – 0-for-2
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-14 with two walks
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with three walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • CerranoReadyNow

    I was hoping for a grand slam for Sori.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    I was hoping hoping that would go out for Sori. Wouldve been a nice moment for him to hit a huge grand slam in his Yankee return.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just a few notes……Phillies have C. Lee on the market now….36 yrs old, over $75 million left on his contract….any takers?

    K.C. G.M. want a bigger return for Santana than what the Cubs got for Garza…..

    then there is White Sox Peavy and his $14 million salary that is owe to him in 2014…..

    Dodgers release Ted Lilly……….Reds let go Prior….Phillies let go Zambrano…….Maddux writing his HOF speech……Woods finding people floating in harbors…….and both Carlos Marmol & LaTroy Hawkins are still a major league pitchers.

  • J Daniel

    Watched the Blackhawks convention opening tonight. AWESOME! Can we all imagine what it will be when the Cubs win?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      MADNESS….Just Complete MADNESS.

  • triple

    I’m really excited about tonight’s game… and like the looks of this lineup!

  • RynoTiger

    well that was a stupid at bat Mr. Rizzo.

    • GaryLeeT

      Watches 2 down the middle then flails at an 0-2 that no pitcher in their right mind, would put in the zone. That was his worst AB ever, as a Cub.

    • RynoTiger

      whoever voted down can you prove why that was not a stupid at bat? he just watched two hittable pitches and swung at the junk.

      • paulcatanese

        Maybe because you missed the following two after Rizzo. Two on 0 outs
        and the 3-4-5 hitters swing completely out of the zone.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Giants stadium has great eye appeal.

    • paulcatanese

      Don’t understand the down vote you received.
      It’s the truth, it is a very attractive setting, right on the water, and at night.
      However, watching the game at home in 110 degrees, I was a little upset to see the game being played in 58 degrees, I was sweating they were enjoying the cool evening.
      If I were to pick one thing that I don’t like about the night games there, it would be the weather, always cool and it there’s a wind, downright freezing. But in comparison to the heat, I’ll wear a jacket.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Anyone want to guess who the next Cubs player to go?

    • paulcatanese

      Again don’t understand the down votes. It’s a legitimate question, but also one that cannot be answered, as who could or would be traded is anyone’s guess and totally unpredictable.

  • GaryLeeT

    Funny that in Soriano’s first game back with the Yanks, he doesn’t do much offensively, but shines defensively.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Rays, Orioles & Red Sox are better than the Yanks this season.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    The Thumb Suckers are out to night…..bring it on Babies….I know you cannot talk due to your lack of insight on my comments with your thumbs down.

    • Tom U

      Cubby, I don’t agree with the down arrows, but taunting won’t help

      • J Daniel

        Exactly!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I use to be a teacher years ago, and I try to provoke students to response to my questions…..i wanted them to open up their minds & opinions to the class. Getting someone’s views is better than keeping their mouths shut. The ones who never wanted to talk, wanted me to give them answers at test time. Too late then. I don’t look at it as taunting, more of being involved with a conversation.

        • Suzy S

          Regardless of your view…it appears to be taunting to me…Calling people “Thumb Suckers” and “Babies” will not provide you with intelligent conversation.
          It’s just plain crude.
          I’m not your down voter, but this is as much as I’ll say on the matter.

          • J Daniel

            Exactly

        • GaryLeeT

          Judging from the reasoned posts most authors put up, I think you need to view them as contemporaries, and not students.

        • Tom U

          Cubby, I was a teacher also, and that’s what I try to do here. I provide information and encourage people to do their own thinking.

          To me, your posts are okay. I don’t know what some don’t like about them. Just keep to your thoughts. Others may not agree, but you can gain respect.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Please do not call out posters on this site in this matter again. Thank you.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Any thought of what Smardzija wants in money with his new contract?

    What does anyone think Shark is worth in $$$$ and years?

    • Denver Mike

      I would think 3/$36 or 4/$40 is where he should be. Maybe throw a little signing bonus in there. For a 28 year old with upside, who has proven little that is more than fair. If he goes FA I’m sure he will get more than that.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Shark is not giving the hometown discount rate. Try more of the $18-$22 million per year range. Edwin Jackson money for Smardzija?…..Smardzija will laugh at Theo.

        • Denver Mike

          That is why I said he will get more as a FA. $10-12M per is what I think he is actually worth. I know he doesn’t have a ton of inningson his arm but I’m still not trying to sign him deep into him 30s either.

        • GaryLeeT

          If he laughs at a hometown discount, then he can take a hike. He got way over paid with his first contract, so it’s time to give back. Not only that, I hate his hair. It makes him look like an ugly drag queen. Plus, it’s obvious that he just doesn’t have “it ” between the ears. I hope some team throws an offer the F.O. can’t refuse, at them, this year.

          • paulcatanese

            I don’t know about that. As the greatest pitching analyst in the world ( just ask him) has said, the Shark will be a number one in the rotation. And as I recall, the “wild one” also displayed those glowing locks during part of his career. Both would have and would do better with hairpins to keep the hair out of their eyes.

        • paulcatanese

          Given the complete control attitude that Mr. Epstein seeks over players, I would ask for as much as I could get. I do not agree with any home town discount. Mr. Epstein has proven that it’s a business, as such, the Shark should ask for the moon. He won’t get it of course, but he should ask for it.
          After all it’s only business.

          • Dorasaga

            And nothing personal.

          • paulcatanese

            Glad you caught it:)

  • GaryLeeT

    I am not sure where the broadcast booth is, but the crowd background audio sounds weird. It’s like they are piping in the fan noise from the Budokan concert goers, that saw Cheap Trick live.

    • paulcatanese

      True.

  • Denver Mike

    It would be nice if the Cubs hitters changed up their approach a bit. On a cold night, the wind coming off the bay is going to hold those fly balls up in the air forever. This is when smart hitters should be shooting for the gaps, and holes in the IF.

    • paulcatanese

      I would agree if it were that simple, then again it is, if hitters tried to hit the ball up the middle, as many now admit they are trying to do. the ball goes where it’s pitched, and the front foot strides to the location of the pitch, many more gappers appear with that approach.

  • Baron_S

    As likeable as he is, Darwin Barney is an atrocious 2nd baseman… infact… by OPS… he is the single worst in MLB

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/stats/byposition?pos=2B&conference=MLB&year=season_2013&qualified=1&sort=25

    Fontenot, Theriot, Barney — its a rotten list

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    WOW! What a play by Darwin Barney … one of the best I’ve seen him make, especially to his right.

  • Thomas D

    Well we lost out on Gonzales to the Phillies. Hopefully he doesn’t turn out be an ace cause that would really hurt, especially since we had that money to give.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Some think he will be a middle of the rotation starter, some think he could end up in a bullpen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwin Jackson pitched a very good game.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes he did Neil, and a very athletic move backing up that throw and getting the runner trying to score.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Right through the five-hole … Cubs score two on an error by Belt.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Giants 3-2
    on Friday night – Edwin Jackson: 2R, 4H, 2BB, 5K in 6.2 IP (94 pitches, 54
    strikes)

    Castro: 2-5, RBI; Schierholtz: 1-3, 2B, R, 2BB; Castillo: 2-4;
    DeJesus: 2-5, 3B; Borbon: 1-1, R; Lake: 0-5, R