Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 07/06/13

Game Eighty-Five: Cubs (36-48) vs. Pirates (53-32)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (4-10, 5.75/1.54) vs. Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.50/1.22)

The Cubs will look to end their two-game skid this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. After taking two of three against the Pirates to start the season, the Cubs have dropped six of the last seven to the Bucs. As has been the case, until the Cubs start playing better ball against their division rivals the losses will continue to mount. The Cubs are 11-26 versus the NL Central and above .500 against the rest of baseball (25-22).

The offense had a good trip and put runs on the board but has managed only two runs on six hits over the last two games. The offense will continue to sputter until Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo get on track. Castro has shown signs of coming out of his slump following his day off (12-44) but Rizzo has managed only six hits in his last 10 games (6-for-36) with five walks.

This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off his fourth win of the season. Jackson gave up three runs on seven hits in six-plus innings to the Mariners with a walk and six strikeouts. Jackson did his job and avoided the one bad inning. Jackson started and finished June on positive notes but his two starts prior to his outing in Seattle were all too familiar.

Jackson was 3-3 in six games in June with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP and he will try to post his second win of the season at Wrigley Field.

Edwin Jackson has not pitched well throughout his career at Wrigley and is 1-5 in seven starts this year with a 6.69 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

This afternoon marks the fourth time Edwin Jackson has started a game against the Pirates. Jackson is 1-2 in the first three starts of the season against Pittsburgh with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-13
  • Clint Barmes – 4-for-16
  • Garrett Jones – 4-for-17 with a home run and a walk
  • Starling Marte – 3-for-8
  • Russell Martin – 2-for-15 with a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 7-for-17 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks
  • Michael McKenry – 4-for-7 with two doubles
  • Charlie Morton – 0-for-2
  • Gaby Sanchez – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Travis Snider – 1-for-10 with a triple
  • Jose Tabata – 0-for-6
  • Neil Walker – 2-for-13 with a double and three walks

Charlie Morton has shown the same inconsistency as he has throughout his career over his first four starts of the season. Morton held the Giants to two earned runs, four total, on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his first outing on June 13. Morton then tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Reds on June 18. But his last start against the Brewers was cut short due to a rain delay after he allowed one run on two hits in two innings.

The Cubs must make Charlie Morton work. While he has shown glimpses of the pitcher some thought he could be when the Braves selected him in the third round of the 2002 draft, he has yet to put it all together.

Charlie Morton is 2-3 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Morton has not faced the Cubs since 2011 (0-1 in two starts with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP) and he owns a 1-2 record in three career starts at Wrigley with a 8.16 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Charlie Morton

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4 with walk
  • Brian Bogusevic – 3-for-6 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-6
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson – 2-for-4
  • Nate Schierholtz – 5-for-9 with a double and a triple
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-9

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Smokies roster moves: Javier Baez has been promoted to Tennessee. Elliot Soto sent to Daytona; Jeff Antigua sent to Iowa

    • Tom U

      Antigua better not unpack his bags for too long. He has been on the move a lot this season.

      • Dorasaga

        He’ll be pitching for Chi-Cubs in no time. :-))

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A quick note to everyone and I will continue to mention this in the game previews leading up to the break.

    Due to the actions of a few of the readers/commenters, at some point during the All-Star break I am going to flip the switch on Disqus to where only registered Disqus users will be able to
    leave a comment and engage in the discussions on the site. I have tried to avoid this for a long time but the amount of multiple comments from the same
    user using different screen names just to complain and then agree with themselves has gotten to the point I can no longer ignore the problem. Those
    readers/commenters are not adding to the site or community but are bringing it down. I welcome discussion and the varying opinions and passion for the team. With that said, I have to do something about this issue.

    I apologize to all of the readers/commenters that are being truthful and just stating their opinion for this inconvenience and I hope everyone understands.

    • triple

      Wow! People really do that? Kind of sad isn’t it?

      • J Daniel

        Who has that kind of time?

    • DWalker

      very sad to hear this, that a couple of individuals ruin it for the rest of us. Neil, thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this site. I’ve enjoyed my time here but I don’t know if I will register with disqus.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I understand and I am sorry. The actions of a few have left me with no choice. It is very easy to register with Disqus and it does not cost anything.

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

          Multiple screen names to agree with themselves? Wow! Does that actually make peoplefeel better abiut their rants? What is the world coming to?

          • paulcatanese

            Don’t know about the different
            names, my wife calls me a number of names, then again She doesn’t allow me to answer to any of them, including my own:)

        • DWalker

          Thanks folks. I guess I am a somewhat adept netizen, at least enough to get myself well in trouble. I usually don’t have much problem registering for individual forums, its actually disqus that makes me nervous for some reason. Over the last few years, I really haven’t liked to register with broad sprawling, want to know and control everything, we are here to help you services like facebook and disqus.

      • Ripsnorter1

        DWalker,
        I hope you can stick around. I am not sure why you might now register–I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to computer tech–but I’d like to encourage you to stick around. I enjoy all the folks here with their various views on the Cubs, and I’d hate to see anyone leave.

        • calicub

          I second that. It’d be awful to lose another frequent poster.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are a good man, Calicub.

          • calicub

            your not to bad your self Mr. Snorter ;)

        • triple

          Rip, even if I don’t always agree with your outlook (and probably say stupid sh!t to you on occasion), you are a great contributer here and always appreciate your take… just wanted you to know.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You’re a great guy, too. I love the CCO–even Tony. LOL

            I know I get on the nerves of some….sorry about that, but probably not sorry enough to change anything……LOL.

          • Tony_Hall

            Oh, Rip, we wouldn’t want you to change….too much. Part of the fun of discussing all things Cubs, is different points of view.

          • J Daniel

            RIP does it sometimes just to stir up the conversation :)! Nice job Rip!

      • triple

        DWalk- hopin’ you stick around!

    • paulcatanese

      Shame that you must do that Neil, but totally understand.

  • Ray Ray

    What is up with Len Kasper’s hair? Lol!

  • Ray Ray

    Castro is thankful he had a cup on after that steal by Marte! Ouch!

    • Tony_Hall

      He’s also lucky he didn’t blow a knee out.

      • BosephHeyden

        I don’t know if that was in part because the throw was offline or Castro’s collapses in fundamentals, but that was an ugly play from the start.

      • Ray Ray

        That too

  • BosephHeyden

    I appreciate they want to give fans new looks, but the scoreboard cam has to go. It’s a fun view when you’re in the bleachers…not so much on your couch.

    • Dorasaga

      I concur.

  • SomeGuy27

    This is a follow-up to what I said yesterday re: Castillo. It was a wild pitch but I put it on Castillo as well. The replay showed him sitting back on his heels with his knees tucked in to give a low target. The problem is; there is a runner on base and you can’t move your feet to block down on a ball in the dirt…which since he called the pitch (Slider), he should know most likely will be down in the dirt!

    They’er lucky it didn’t cost them a run.

    • Ray Ray

      Agreed. He never shifted his feet. He is very poor fundamentally.

    • paulcatanese

      I may be wrong here, but I thought Navarro was catching and not Castillo, and that he had the passed ball, and a little later Navarro hit either his hand or forearm on McCuttchens backswing, Correct me if I am wrong.
      Castillo has enough passed balls anyway, but don’t think yesterday’s was his.

      • SomeGuy27

        Navaro did catch. It was part of a discussion Ray Ray started on how Navaro has become Garza’s personal catcher.

      • SomeGuy27

        Navarro did catch that day. It was in response to something Ray Ray posted concerning Castillo and how Navarro had become Garza’s personal catcher.

  • Ray Ray

    That is why it is nice to have speed at lead off!

    • Tony_Hall

      Absolutely, as long as they can get on base, as that is their 1st job.

  • Ray Ray

    Rizzo looks lost. That was one time you would want your #3 hitter to walk because he had no chance.

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  • Ray Ray

    Can’t stand how Barney covers a steal attempt. Get in front of the bag!

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree, but think he was heading that way and the throw was to the 1B side (again) and he had to get it. But I was saying the same thing as it happened.

      • Ray Ray

        He got there in plenty of time. Don’t understand why he stayed behind the bag.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano stays hot … 2-run shot.

    Good to see Rizzo go oppo and just missed a homer

  • Tom U

    Javier Baez batting third in the Tennessee Smokies lineup tonight

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

      Tome I know your busy but can you try and keep us updated as much as possible tonight on Baez? Is there a place to listen to the game on At Bat or Iheartradio?

      • Tom U

        Boardrider, here is a link

        http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t553

        Sorry, but I had to switch to the laptop, as here is problems with my main computer

      • SomeGuy27

        Baez Homered in his first AB

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

          No freakkn’ way! That’s awesome!

          • Tony_Hall

            He wanted to announce his presence with authority!

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Baez hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in CF

      • Tom U

        Back on the job and I was able to get my Chrome exe restored

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I will be posting updates. You can listen to the Smokies broadcast on Smokies.com

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a no-doubter … second two-run shot of the game

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s going to make himself very tradeable with all of these HRs lately.

  • Dorasaga

    Valbuena made another great catch -n- throw earlier this inning. Saved Edwin a basestealer threat.

  • Ray Ray

    Soriano will soon take over the team lead in RBI. It is the same talk every year with his slow start. He will have his 85 plus RBI and 25 HR’s.

    • Tony_Hall

      Are you trying to insinuate that he is “on-pace” for those numbers?

      I hope this hot streaks makes one GM that needs a RH bat, feel as good about Soriano as you do….but I doubt it.

      • Ray Ray

        Haha. Track record my man. Track record.

        • Tony_Hall

          Yes, but you waited until this little run to bring it back up…

          • Ray Ray

            I said the same thing a week ago

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Travis Wood will represent the Cubs in the 84th annual
    All-Star game

    • Tony_Hall

      Good for him! It is well deserved.

      • Ray Ray

        He is really the only deserving one

        • Ripsnorter1

          What about Shawn Camp????

          • Ray Ray

            Shawn Camp has not been consistent. Soriano has. I know you were joking though

          • Ripsnorter1

            I hope Soriano can hit those 30 taters, and get those 100 RBIs, even though he’s getting a late start.

  • Ripsnorter1

    These Pirates will not go far in the playoffs. Not enough bats to take them anywhere, imo.

    BTW that Pirate bullpen has pitched more innings than any bullpen in MLB, save the lousy Toronto Blue Jays. Pirates are averaging 3.2 IP by bullpen per game. That stuff may work early in the year, but in the dog days of summer, ie, late July and August, it begins to tell on a staff.

    In any case, the Pirates are not the best team in MLB, although their record says so thus far. I think it is unsustainable.

    But I do like Starlin Marte……

    • Tony_Hall

      Can you say anything positive? The Pirates haven’t had a winning record in 20 years and have a very nice young team, that has some homegrown players, that looks like they may have a chance to, not just end that streak, but make the playoffs..

      Tip your cap to them, they deserve it.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yeah, I said that they positively will not go deep in the playoffs because they lack the bats.

        LOL

        I said I like Starling Marte. That’s positive, isn’t it?

        • Tony_Hall

          Hard not to like Marte….

      • triple

        If the Pirates hadn’t faded in the last couple years after the all-star break, then I’d disagree with Rip… and yes, I think he’s right that the BP will be their undoing as the season unfolds through the summer.

        • Tony_Hall

          I am not saying they won’t fade (they probably will), but tip your cap to them right now, they are playing very well in the 1st half.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez just homered in his first
    Double-A at bat, 2-1 pitch over the CF wall

    • Ripsnorter1

      Will he play OF for the Cubs?

      Too many errors for SS, don’t you think?

      • Ray Ray

        No. Give him time. Almost every young shortstop makes alot of errors.

      • Tony_Hall

        SS, 2B, 3B, OF is the order I see him being looked at as it plays out.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No, I do not. He’s only 20 years old. He has a lot of work to do but there is time.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Pirates 4-1 on Saturday afternoon – Edwin
    Jackson: 1R, 4H, 2BB, 3K, WP in 5.2 IP (96 pitches, 55 strikes)

    Soriano: 2-4,
    2 HR, 4RBI; Borbon: 0-2, 2BB, R, 2 SB; Rizzo: 1-4, 2B, R; Castillo: 2-2, 2B, BB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Austin Kirk just left the game with an apparent injury

    • J Daniel

      Paul, you are happy he left with an injury? Why the arrow up?

      • paulcatanese

        No, not unhappy, but agreeing with the post, I read it the opposite as not happy he left with an injury. Guess when that happens there is some confusion as how to post the arrows. Probably should not touch the arrows at all in those posts. Never happy with an injury.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch in his second at bat. Swung at an inside pitch that was ball four.

  • Tom U

    Baez strikes out in second at bat. Worked a full count but saw nothing but breaking pitches.

    • paulcatanese

      That’s probably all he will see until he shows that he can hit them. Seems as though the breaking ball is the great equalizer with most young players, but I think he will, and when he does, look out.

  • Tom U

    Baez fly out to left on a 3-1 pitch

  • Tom U

    Baez with a roller to third is now 1-4 for the evening

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks Tom

      • Tom U

        Your welcome Neil. Rough night.

  • J Daniel

    Neil and Tom,
    Great job with all of the updates and no problem requiring registration!