Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 07/21/13

Game Ninety-Six: Cubs (43-52) vs. Rockies (47-51)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Coors Field, Denver

Edwin Jackson (6-10, 5.11/1.44) vs. Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 2.56/1.29)

The Cubs wrap up the series and season series with the Rockies this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs have won three of the first five against Colorado and a victory today would start the second half on a positive note as the team deals with the likelihood of several changes to the roster in the coming days.

The Cubs were originally scheduled to face Drew Pomeranz today but Walt Weiss decided to go with the red-hot Tyler Chatwood instead. The Cubs’ offense will face another challenge with Chatwood on the hill while Edwin Jackson faces an even bigger challenge, figuring out a way to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard.

Dale Sveum needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson this afternoon due to the short outing from Carlos Villanueva on Saturday night and the fact the Cubs do not have an off day until August 5. Jackson has struggled mightily in his career both against the Rockies and in Denver and he might have had a short leash today if not for the bullpen having to throw four innings on Saturday. Jackson is 1-2 in seven career starts against the Rockies with a 15.12 ERA and a 2.76 WHIP … and at Coors Field, 0-1 in four starts with a 17.40 ERA and a 2.93 WHIP.

Dale Sveum should run out a balanced lineup this afternoon. Righties and lefties hit just about the same against Tyler Chatwood.

Today all starts with Edwin Jackson

After just a miserable start to his season, Edwin Jackson has won his last three starts and the Cubs are 5-5 in his last 10 games. Jackson is coming off one of his best starts of the year. Jackson kept the Cardinals off the board for seven innings while allowing only three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. The key to Jackson’s success of late is limiting his walks while cutting down on his wild pitches. Jackson’s command has been much better of late and he must keep pounding the strike zone today.

Edwin Jackson is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 0.71 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP … one run allowed on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Jackson is 3-5 in nine road games this year with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Jackson did not face the Rockies at Wrigley earlier in the season and is 1-2 in seven career starts against Colorado with a 15.12 ERA and a 2.76 WHIP … and at Coors Field, 0-1 in four starts with a 17.40 ERA and a 2.93 WHIP.

Rockies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Michael Cuddyer – 5-for-9 with a triple, a home run and three walks
  • Dexter Fowler – 3-for-5
  • Carlos Gonzalez – 5-for-7 with two doubles and a triple
  • Todd Helton – 5-for-13 with two doubles and four walks
  • Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Yorvit Torrealba – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 4-for-5 with a double

The Cubs will get their first look at Tyler Chatwood in a regular season game this afternoon. Chatwood is coming off of back-to-back excellent outings against the Padres and Dodgers. Chatwood held the Padres to two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in San Diego then put together an eight-inning gem in Los Angeles. Chatwood limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts … but he lost the game because Zack Greinke shutout the Rockies.

Tyler Chatwood is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

The Cubs have not faced Tyler Chatwood in a regular season game and Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a home run) is the only player on the Cubs’ active roster that has faced him.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • Ripsnorter1

    It says right here that the Pirates are primed for another collapse. Their starters are averaging only 5.1 IP per start. That taxes a bullpen. And they have a lousy offense–#26 in MLB, and only 5 runs ahead of #29 Chicago White Sox.

    You spell it C-O-L-L-A-P-S-E.

    The only way to avoid a collapse is to trade for DeJesus, Schierholtz and Soriano–all in one deal.


    • raymondrobertkoenig

      They’re looking at Garza as well. Soriano wouldn’t be a fit.

      • Suzy S

        Yes, on the rumor mill….another site is reporting that Pittsburgh has entered the Garza sweepstakes…AND…that they want a bat as well…like Schierholtz. Pittsburgh has a nice system…it could get interesting.

        • Neil

          The Pirates have had interest in Schierholtz for quite some time. I have been reporting the rumors for a while. The Cubs are not looking to move him the way I understand it. Obviously, that could change.

          • daverj

            The Pirates system is loaded with talent now. From the various things I’ve read, the Pirates want to add an outfielder and perhaps a pitcher, but are not willing to deal their quality prospects. If the Pirates were to make an offer of one of their Top 12 or so prospects for Schierholtz or one of the their Top 5 guys for Schierholtz and Garza, I would think the Cubs might be interested.

          • cubtex

            Schierholtz is hitting .158 over the last month. I think you need to package him with another player like you said.

          • Suzy S

            Neil, I didn’t mean to overstep any bounds….yes, we knew they wanted a bat like Schierholtz…but it was news to me that the Pirates would be interested in a rental pitcher….it’s not their normal mo for a small market team.

          • Neil

            Suzy, you did not. If my post made you think so, I apologize.

  • Neil

    Good at bat by Castro

  • Neil

    Soriano misplayed that ball … and he knows it.

    • Tony_Hall

      Yes he did and it now has led to 2 runs. Here is where baseball stats don’t always tell the story. Lake received an error yesterday for allowing a guy to take an extra base, but in the end didn’t change the inning. Soriano doesn’t get an error and it has led to 2 runs.

      EJAX is getting hit, like he always does in Coors Field.

      • Neil

        Well put Tony. Jackson settled down after the first.

  • Neil

    Jackson missed his spot by at least 15″ on the single to Gonzalez

  • John_CC

    How many times will we hear during tomorrow’s game that “this is most likely Garza’s last start for the Cubs” by all the experts?

    • cubtex

      It is gambling. Theo waited last year till late July on Garza and we all know what happened. One thing about that rumored Ranger package of Sardinas,Olt,Ramirez and Edwards. The pitchers involved don’t have as high a probability of being solid mlb players as the position players. CJ Edwards was a 45? round pick and although he has dominated so far….there is a long way to go. Ramirez has had some shoulder issues in the past and that is something that could be career ending if it goes. Sardinas is my favorite player in this package and could be the steal if this trade happens. Olt would be a decent gamble and if he starts to make more contact and his vision issues are behind him could be a very good future trade chip.

      • Tony_Hall

        It is a gamble if you make a trade and a gamble if you don’t. You can’t force other teams to make a trade. I am sure they could have a deal done, if they accepted a lesser return.

        • cubtex

          You can’t predict a lesser return. They never got a better offer for Marmol or Dempster. Dempster was not their fault but sometimes you lose by holding out.

          • John_CC

            What? This is my point, how do you even pretend to know what the offers where for Marmol or even Dempster?

            I don’t recall ever reading or hearing quotes directly from Hoyer or Epstein detailing their discussions and what the offers where that they declined.

          • Tony_Hall

            It sure makes it easy to complain about them having waited too long and missed the timing of trades if you act like you know….

    • Neil

      Tomorrow? What about today?

    • J Daniel

      We heard the same nonsense last year as well.

  • Neil

    Valbuena has been really good at third today

  • Neil

    Rizzo with #14 … good to see him go to left

  • Neil

    Good AB by Barney, sac fly to left. Game tied at two

  • Neil

    Lake showed off his arm … and over threw everyone

    • paulcatanese

      Can’t get the game Neil, but that’s a classic.
      And what ballplayer sometime in his career hasn’t done that? I would think at least he didn’t throw it from behind his back:)

  • cubtex

    How about Castro? 4 hit game. Great to see.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Rockies
    on Sunday afternoon – Edwin Jackson: 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K in 7IP (93 pitches, 60

    Rizzo: 2-4, HR, BB; Castro: 4-5, 2B, R; Lake: 1-5; Soriano: 1-5,
    RBI; Barney: 0-2, SF RBI, BB; #Cubs offense: 0-9 RISP, 12 LOB

  • cubtex

    Martin Perez struggling early vs the O’s. Desperation time? Lets get this done now.

    • cubtex

      If they lose tonight the O’s would have swept them. 0-3 is not the way you want to start coming off the all star break.