Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 08/11/13

Game One Hundred Seventeen: Cubs (52-64) vs. Cardinals (66-50)

  • Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 89/844
  • Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Edwin Jackson (7-12, 4.96/1.39) vs. Joe Kelly (3-3, 2.98/1.37)

If the Cardinals were looking past the Cubs and to the series with the Pirates that begins on Tuesday, Saturday night’s loss might have gotten their attention. The Cubs have already won a series against the Redbirds that St. Louis was counting as three easy victories before the series began on Friday night. The Cubs have now split the 12 games (6-6) with St. Louis this season and a victory today would give the Cubs a 4-2 road trip over the six games through Philadelphia and St. Louis.

The Cubs improved approach at the plate really paid dividends over the first two games against the Cardinals. The Cubs have been working deeper counts and running up pitch counts for several weeks but have had little to show for it in terms of walks. The Cubs have walked 13 times over the last two games and must keep with the game plan today against Joe Kelly. Teams have had trouble scoring against Kelly of late but he has issued more than his share of free passes.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out a similar lineup this afternoon as to the one he used on Saturday night. Dioner Navarro is not ready to start yet, the Cubs are targeting Monday night against the Reds, plus Welington Castillo is 11-for-26 with two doubles, a home run, eight walks, two HBP and five strikeouts in his last 10 games.

This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson took several steps back in his last start and put together a performance that was reminiscent of the starts that he made in April. Jackson had very little command of his fastball and when he got it over the dish, the Phillies hit him very hard. Jackson gave up seven runs on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Jackson was on a roll prior to his start in Philly, can he get back on track this afternoon?

Thanks to his last outing, Jackson is 1-2 over his last four starts with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson faces the Cardinals for the third time this season. Jackson has been pretty good against one of his old teams. Jackson is 1-1 in two starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Jackson beat the Redbirds at Wrigley back on July 11 in what was likely his best start of the season. Jackson tossed seven innings of three-hit shutout ball. The Cardinals beat Jackson in St. Louis on June 19 after touching him up for four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Which Edwin Jackson will show up today?

Cardinals Numbers against Edwin Jackson in 2013

  • Matt Adams – 0-for-1
  • Carlos Beltran – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Matt Carpenter – 2-for-6
  • Allen Craig – 3-for-6 with a double
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-2
  • David Freese – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 1-for-5
  • Jon Jay – 0-for-4
  • Pete Kozma – 0-for-4

Joe Kelly picked up his first win of the year at the Cubs’ expense on July 12 at Wrigley. Kelly gave up one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Since facing the Cubs, Kelly has posted two victories and the Redbirds are 2-1 in his last three starts.

Joe Kelly has held three very good teams in check the last three times he’s taken the ball. After beating the Cubs, Kelly tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in Atlanta then threw six innings of shutout baseball against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Kelly then limited the Dodgers to one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Since July 12, Joe Kelly has allowed two runs on 19 hits with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts in 23 innings … and since the break, Kelly is 2-0 in three starts with a 0.51 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Joe Kelly makes his third career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Kelly is 1-2 in four games, two starts, against the Cubs with a 3.14 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Joe Kelly

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-6 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-4
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

    • paulcatanese

      Nice to see the same lineup (except Ransom) being trotted out there.
      Ransom by the way has really been struggling with his swing lately, does not look very good at all.
      And Lake, well, he is doing well. I just hope he doesn’t get looked at as a power hitter. He does have power, but would hate to see him alter his approach, he looks very comfortable the way he is right now. Sometimes a player with his size, the expectations are for the long ball, and right now he is just a good hitter, hope he stays that way.

  • cubtex

    Tom or Neil. Is Corey Black hurt? He had one start on August 2nd and hasn’t pitched since. He only went 4 IP and gave up 4 ER. He did strike out 8 but walked 3.

    • cubtex

      Never mind. He is starting tonight.

      • Tom U

        Daytona has also been plagued by rainouts.

        • cubtex

          Thanks Tom. That explains the 9 days in between starts.

  • Tom U

    Minor League Notes:

    Today may be the last day for Kris Bryant with the Boise Hawks writes the Idaho Statesman:

    http://bit.ly/17GRerw

    If Bryant land with the Daytona Cubs and Dan Vogelbach does not get a promotion, expect the front office to send a struggling bat like Rock Shoulders to Boise to compensate for Bryant as the Hawks are in a drive for the playoffs.

    The playoffs may also be why Brett Jackson doesn’t see Iowa again this season. Tennessee is desperately clinging to their second half lead and Jackson is slowly starting to come around offensively. With about three weeks left in the season and Iowa out of the playoff hunt, there shouldn’t be any urgency to bring Jackson back up.

    Kane County may an influx of pitching in the final weeks, as the organization would like to see pitchers such as Rob Zastryzny, Tyler Skulina, Sam Wilson, Scott Frazier, Trey Masek, Zach Godley and Michael Wagner begin at Daytona next season.

    The front office may be robbing Peter to pay Paul with their incessant rehab assignments with the AZL Cubs. More established players than I have ever seen have been through Arizona recently, taking away much needed playing time away from players such as Kevin Brown, Garrett Schlecht, Charcer Burks, Jeffrey Baez and pitchers Erick Leal, Daury Torrez, and Carlos Rodriguez to name a few.

  • Tom U

    Courtesy of Wayne Randazzo

    Here’s the audio from Friday night when a skunk ran on the field at the Kane County Cougars game.

    http://kccougars.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/theres-a-skunk-on-the-field/

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano notched his 2000th hit a short time ago … a HR off Justin Verlander.

    • paulcatanese

      And A-Rod just got his HR tying Musial for extra base hits. That ones a bummer, not even in the same class as Musial.

      • cubtex

        I bet they don’t acknowledge that Paul. ARod will probably be stripped from all the all time lists.

        • paulcatanese

          I would hope so. But I do think that A-Rod thing will go on into the middle of next year. Hope not.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson’s command is really bad right now. Missing his spots by feet, not inches.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson is behind to every batter as well … good pickoff to nail Jay at first.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Holliday losses a high fly in the sun … good to see DeJesus and Lake run it out.

  • cubtex

    Take em any way you can get em

  • cubtex

    Nice play by Murphy. As slow as EJax is working he is making it hard on the infield which makes that play even more impressive.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs first two walks of the day have now scored

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs have walked 15 times over the two-plus games and six of those free passes have scored

  • cubtex

    Great AAA debut for Rosscup! He looks like he should be part of the bullpen next year.

    • cubtex

      In AA this year, Rosscup threw 17.2 IP vs LH and struck out 32. Vs RH 25.2 IP and struck out 34. He looks like he can be more than a LOOGY. They need that since that is all Russell is.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro and Barney with RBI singles in the sixth … game tied at four.

    • cubtex

      bottom of the lineup coming through today.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Talk about how bad Barney has been this year….lousy 35 RBI….
    but consider Castro has 32 RBI, and he didn’t miss DL time like Barney has…..

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Castro has not been very good this year. With that said, you do realize that RBI are the worst stat to gauge a player’s performance. RBI are a team generated stat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Darnell McDonald is the 50th different player used by the Cubs this season, most in baseball, and just three short of the 53 players they used a year ago

  • Tom U

    Kris Bryant now has 14 game hit streak and Jae-Hoon Ha has a 13 game hit streak.

    • cubtex

      Tom. What is your opinion on Ha? I see they are working him at CF. Do you think he will get a September callup and IF(I really hope they pick up an OF for next year) they don’t pickup a CF do you think he could be the RH platoon there next year with DeJesus?

      • Tom U

        In a world that is righteous, H

        • cubtex

          Do you think he can he play CF at the major league level?

          • cubtex

            He doesn’t seem to have enough pop to play the corners. He looks like he could be a solid future 4th or 5th outfielder

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Ha has a chance to be a fourth or fifth outfielder in the majors, I do not see him as a starter. As for a Sept call-up, they would have to clear a spot on the 40-man. He will have to be added in the off-season to avoid the Rule 5 draft so they could let Sappelt go and add him in September.

          • cubtex

            that’s what I was thinking. Thanks for the reply.

          • Tom U

            He can play centerfield better than anyone the Cubs have. He’s got gold glove potential

  • cubtex

    That’s just a lazy play by Castillo

    • cubtex

      Castillo has really improved on the offensive side and to some extent….defensively as well but he needs to block balls much better. Compare him to Molina. I know Yady is considered the best in the NL but look at the difference.

      Molina
      16 WP and 2 PB in 95 games

      Wellington Castillo
      27 WP and 7 PB in 86 games

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        How many of those wild pitches have come from relievers and Edwin Jackson?

        For instance, today’s passed ball was charged to Castillo and he was obviously not on the right page with Jackson. When I see that it means to me that the pitcher did not throw what was called.

        • cubtex

          I didn’t see the PB today but anytime a ball is in the dirt it is always called a WP. Castillo is below average at blocking pitches in the dirt….Wouldn’t you agree? That WP today that Rondon threw….the Cards had runners on 1st and 2nd and Castillo didn’t drop down on his knees. The ball was right down the middle of the plate. That should never happen with runners on base.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            From someone that has watched just about every inning he has caught, Castillo has made strides with his defense this season.

            On the wild pitch you are talking about, it appeared to me that he thought the ball would bounce up, it did not, went flat and right under him. I would not call him below average at blocking pitches this year.

          • cubtex

            I appreciate that and like I said…I don’t know how you do it. I agree that he thought the ball would bounce up but as a catcher you are taught to drop to your knees anytime the ball is in the dirt with a RISP. I think Castillo has made great strides and I am encouraged about his future. I had some concerns about him earlier in the year but he is playing with much more confidence these days.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            You are exactly right, he assumed the ball would bounce and that is not the correct way to handle balls in the dirt.

            He seems to be getting it. I really would have liked for Boscan to remain with the team for Castillo’s sake instead of calling up another position player. I saw Castillo and Boscan work very hard together on his defense in the spring with Franklin Font. Castillo seemed to soak up what Boscan was teaching him.

  • cubtex

    Good game for Castro.

  • GaryLeeT

    I despise rule 5 players. The team gets to a point of no return, and they feel like they have to continue to put up with his mediocrity just to keep him. For every Hamilton there are 100 Rondons.

    • cubtex

      very few Rule 5 pitchers work out.

    • Tom U

      Rondon should have gotten “hurt” around the fourth of July and the club should have been planning for his return when the rosters expand.

  • cubtex

    Tony mentioned the 40 man roster the other day. It will be pretty easy to drop some of these bullpen arms like Rondon and Bowden off of it. They really need to address the bullpen for next year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-4 to the Cardinals
    on Sunday afternoon – Edwin Jackson: 4R, 6H, 3BB, 2K in 5IP (84 pitches, 47 for
    strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 3-4, 2B, RBI; Darwin Barney: 2-4, 2RBI; Welington Castillo:
    1-4, BB, 2R; #Cubs pen: 4R, 7H, 3BB, 1K in 3IP