Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 08/23/13

Game One Hundred Twenty-Eight: Cubs (54-73) vs. Padres (57-70)

  • Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Edwin Jackson (7-13, 4.89/1.42/3.58) vs. Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.72/1.62/4.05)

The Cubs begin a six-game road trip on the West Coast tonight with the first of three in San Diego against the Padres. The Cubs’ road trip concludes on Wednesday afternoon with the last of three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

The Cubs are probably glad to be hitting the road after finishing the homestand with a 2-8 record. The Cubs have really struggled at Wrigley this year, especially against their division rivals. The Cubs are 25-41 in their home park with only 15 games left on the schedule while on the road, Dale Sveum’s team is just three games under .500 (29-32).

The Cubs split the four-game series against the Padres during the second homestand of the season. The Cubs should have won three of four but ended up settling for a split.

After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face lefty Eric Stults on Saturday night. Chris Rusin faces Andrew Cashner in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs have a hard time winning games in San Diego and will face a challenge in Edinson Volquez tonight. Volquez seems to take his game to the next level when he faces the Cubs dating back to his time with the Reds.

The road trip and first game in San Diego all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off another rough outing and has reverted back to his early season form over his last three starts. Jackson might have only been charged with three runs, one earned, on six hits with six walks but Jackson struggled with his command, issued four walks and exited after six innings. The Cubs signed Jackson to eat innings and he simply cannot throw enough strikes to pitch deep in games.

In 24 starts this season, Jackson has pitched into the seventh inning three times, completed seven innings of work four times and has completed eight innings in a single start only one time.

Edwin Jackson is in the middle of his worst stretch of the season. Jackson is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP (nine walks, seven strikeouts and 22 hits in 16 innings) and will try to do something tonight that he’s never done before … beat the Padres.

Jackson is 0-4 in nine games, seven starts, against the Padres in his career with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP … and San Diego pounded him at Wrigley earlier this year to the tune of eight runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Jackson has pitched well at PETCO in four starts, 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Yonder Alonso – 5-for-9 with two doubles and a home run
  • Alexi Amarista – 0-for-2
  • Ronny Cedeno – 2-for-8 with a double
  • Chris Denorfia – 4-for-9 with a home run and a walk
  • Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Chase Headley – 4-for-14 with a double
  • Nick Hundley – 3-for-9 with a walk
  • Mark Kotsay – 3-for-11 with a double and four walks
  • Will Venable – 1-for-9 with a home run
  • Edinson Volquez – 1-for-5

Edinson Volquez has been Edinson Volquez this season, but he is facing the Cubs tonight and that always means a win for the former Rangers and Reds hurler. Volquez struggled in his last outing but still picked up the win against the Mets. Volquez lasted only five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Volquez has not completed more than six innings of work in his last 10 starts in large part due to the fact he cannot throw enough strikes. Volquez has big time stuff, but he usually will assist the other team while he is on the mound.

Edinson Volquez is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP and is 4-7 in 13 starts at PETCO Park with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Edinson Volquez beat the Cubs at Wrigley back on April 30 after allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Volquez is a perfect 5-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edinson Volquez

  • Darwin Barney (.232) – 5-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Brian Bogusevic (.326) – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo (.345) – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Starlin Castro (.289) – 4-for-15 with a double and a home run
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo (.254) – 2-for-3 with two doubles
  • Nate Schierholtz (.303) – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks

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  • Ripsnorter1

    2013 stats for YOU:

    #30 Team Batting Runners on: Chicago Cubs….230.
    This is good. Helps with the draft.

    #5 Team HRs with Runners On: Chicago Cubs with 61.
    This is bad. Hurts the draft prospects.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just went deep again … #17 with the Smokies

    • Ripsnorter1

      Can the Cubs keep him in the minors in 2014?

      • Tony_Hall

        Certain prospects tell you when they are ready….the only thing keeping him in the minors in 2014 is starting his clock early and Super 2 status. I hope he makes it extremely difficult in ST to send him down.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I would think so….

          670the Score was saying today that the Cubs are not worried about Castro…
          but are concerned about Rizzo.

          • Tony_Hall

            I would say they are concerned about both, but what I like about this FO is they are counting on both to be core players, but they are not trading the Baez, Alacantara, Lake, Vogelbach type players, they are keeping them as options behind them, and/or moving them to other positions. But if either fails, they have more options to replace them.

            JH would have traded them already to try and get those 2-3 players we were always away from winning.

          • Brp921

            Let’s wait and see what Rizzo can do when he’s not the other teams main focus in the line up before making any decisions on him.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            agree. rizzo seems like a good kid, but I am not sure he is comfortable being the big bat. He would be a nice #6 hitter if you can put some quality bats in front of him, and hopefully a competent bat or two behind him. During one of the broadcasts, they mentioned some obscure stat that Rizzo was near top of the league on hard-hit outs. Not sure how/who measures that, but I will take any kind of good news that helps me be optimistic he will bounce back next year. I am not as sold on Castro, due to the total lack of power and low OBP…if/when he gets hot for an extended stretch, I hope they look to unload him immediately after, when his value is back up.

          • Brp921

            I think Castro just needs to get back to what got him here. That’s being a guy who swings the bat and doesn’t worry about the count. It may not keep him on the Cubs with their new philosophy, but it will get him back to what he was as a rookie, a 200 hits a season guy.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I agree. I just think if they do that, and he finds some success, that they should trade him at that point, since, as you point out, he wouldn’t fit their philosophy. Hard to get others to buy into a way of doing things if you give certain players a pass. Maybe Dusty would take him…if I remember, he doesn’t like those high-OBP that clog the bases with walks.

          • John_CC
          • Tony_Hall

            Were you posting a link?

          • John_CC

            yeah sorry i edited it right after i clicked post. LOL! v for you!

          • SuzyS

            John, thanks for the post.

          • John_CC

            You bet. I think those guys do a great job over there. It’s different content than Neil et al post here so I thought it would be OK to link, with Neil’s approval.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            glad you are optimistic on all the guys on the farm, but the cubs sucked many years in the past and had high draft picks, and those didn’t always pan out. There were plenty of “can’t miss” prospects over the years, including Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Angel Guzman, Tyler Colvin, Hee Sop Choi, etc etc. Even Mark Prior was a #2 pick, and he justified the hype, but couldn’t stay healthy. I hope Baez is the next superstar, but he may also come up and we all find he can’t hit inside breaking balls and the rest of the league makes him look like 2013 Starlin Castro.
            It wasn’t too long ago that everyone referred to Rizzo, Castro, and SHARK as great young core pieces that were going to be stars. Now everyone is wondering if this year is who they are, of if they can revert back to last year or even ever improve. Who is to say Baez and the next crop will fare any better? Nothing is a sure thing. That is why the farm strategy isn’t to just expect these guys to all contribute…they are assets to get proven guys in their prime that the small markets of the world can no longer afford to hang onto.
            So I wouldn’t rip on Hendry too much…he took farm guys and turned them into the 2 best 3B and 1B the Cubs had in decades, in Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez, who both produced for years and contributed to division titles. I will take trades like those all day long.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not even worth reading….

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            nice attitude…but what else can you expect from a guy that thinks Shark is an Ace and Castro shouldn’t have been traded for Upton.

          • Tony_Hall

            Sorry, but most of your long posts are just not worth the time.

            I have NEVER stated Shark is an ACE. NEVER.

            And there was almost nobody who would have made that trade. For all the reasons explained before. But keep trolling through January’s articles to reply to now. Good use of your time.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Upton is hitting .270, .360 OBP, and 24 HRs…and he is 25. Castro is/was/always-will-be a singles hitter.
            But you are right on one thing…Shark will never be an Ace. And Cubs already have plenty of #4 and #5 types for the rotation…that is why they need to trade this guy before the rest of the league realizes he is a headcase and will put up 1 great game and then 4 stinkers…at least he is consistent about that.

          • Tony_Hall

            I love people who want to dump players when they struggle and keep them when they do well, and don’t understand Buy low, sell high.

            What would you do with this player?

            3rd season, 2nd full season
            216/274/321
            for an awful 595 OPS

            All 3 years his numbers have declined.

            Your are the genius GM…..what’s your call?

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I said earlier…as soon as Castro gets on an extended hot streak, sell. That would pretty much be selling high.
            I would never make a decision about a player based on numbers on paper alone. I understand your frustration…being wrong all the time must be tough. Luckily, I never experience that.

          • Tony_Hall

            Well I will leave you with this…

            The player is Yadier Molina and if guys like you were in charge of St. Louis you would have traded him away as soon as he started putting up better numbers, as he was nothing more than a singles hitter.

            Players don’t always just have better numbers year after year until they start to have declining numbers.

            Also, I enjoy most of the conversations on here, even when there are disagreements, but your conversations are just not fun or enjoyable in anyway. So go back in time and post all you want but I don’t want to talk to you.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Pretty sure I was making an opinion about Shark being overrated when you just had to bash my opinion a few months back…you haven’t looked too good since that debate.
            I will make you a deal: you stop disputing my commonsense and correct observations, and I won’t have to explain why you are wrong.

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

            I don’t understand who is giving Tony thumbs down? Why?

          • Dorasaga

            You got me there. I thought you meant Upton.

          • Dorasaga

            Yup. I wouldn’t. I kept Castro on my fantasy team as long as I need a Playoff spot (just yesterday).

            But I don’t think he’s trolling. You might just be over-reacting on this post.

      • Brp921

        I don’t think they can. Remember this past spring training when there was speculation he could force his way into the line up? I think we’ll see him in Chicago at sometime next year.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He will try to force the issue in the spring. We will find out. I think he will start the year in the minors.

  • Tony_Hall

    Who put both the Cubs and the Bears on at 9 pm? Of course on a day that I was out the door before 5 and have to be on a baseball field by 7 am tomorrow. That is where Neil’s game recaps come in handy.

    • triple

      It’s okay Tony, neither game really matters… well the Bears game matters to see what our starters will look like, but it doesn’t count anyway.

      • Tony_Hall

        If I had my way, I would watch every game for both teams, but I just don’t have the time to keep up with every game anymore.

        • triple

          I would love to be able to do that, but that does require a lot of time!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro with a RBI single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 3-run HR

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      seems like you type that every 4th game…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He’s had a very good season

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          so what is the guess with a guy like that. Is FO thinking he is a starter in the future, or a supersub #4 OF, or just an asset to flip next year? He seems streaky…but like announcers said the other day, it is short streaks…really hot one day, then a couple days of nothing. Can you roll with that inconsistency as a starter?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I think he is a stopgap that will be dealt next season prior to the deadline.

          • daverj

            You are probably right. And if he can keep hitting through next July, the Cubs may get a decent piece in exchange for him. I think there is a chance (though smaller than the chances of a trade) that the Cubs sign him to an extension next season. Schierholtz was a Top 5 prospect for a couple seasons with the Giants and was thought to be the type of guy who would develop into a .270-.280 with 15-20 HR type hitter. He never really got a an extended chance as a starter in San Fran without another player breathing down his neck (and being benched after a couple 0-fers in a row). It could be that is finally reaching his potential now that he has had an extended opportunity.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Good points

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

            He has been a real bright spot this year. Could help a team.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I told you Edison Volquez is awful. Even in Petco Park.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a 2-run triple

    • Ripsnorter1

      The DL helped this guy.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I agree, makes you wonder how long he was hurting.

    • daverj

      I like Bogusevic and think he may have a future as a 4th or 5th major league outfielder on a good team. He can hit a bit, run a bit and play all 3 outfield positions.

  • Brp921

    Damn fell asleep before it started and missed it all.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Normally in the past, it was the Cubs starting pitcher who is knocked out in the first inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Murphy is hit again … second time tonight in 2 at bats

    • CubbyDenCritic

      That is called RESPECT.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    You think the Padres second baseman was not teased about his name when he was in school……

  • CubbyDenCritic

    San Diego is a nice city to visit……not much to do there…unless you are the Mayor of San Diego.

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

      Are you crazy, or was that sarcasm? Ther is more to do in San Diego than any city in the country. Desert, beach, mountains, Mexico, LA, Vegas 4 hours away. Hiking, biking, surfing, skating, snowboarding (all in the county), little league baseball mecca, Chargers, Padres, shopping, restaurants, hotels, world class golf. I could go on an on.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Bears with 24…Cubs with 6.
    My advanced BOTPRAC stat puts this at 4:1 ratio…easily best for any NFL/MLB city tonight.
    Its the small victories that matter this time of year…

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Bears game does not count….Cubs game does.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        You demand too much, sir!

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Just realistic…….Da Coach was the one who demanded so much.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs turned their second 5-6-3 double play in three games. Excellent turn by Castro.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If anyone has a chance to visit San Diego, may I suggest to visit the Coronado Hotel and the San Diego Zoo………

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I see a Cat Fight going on here……..be nice boys.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Think of all the ex-Cubs who will be in the Playoffs this year………Dempster, Maholm, Johnson, Baker, Soto, Garza, DeJesus, ……..and Marmol.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lake, he sure is a Hot Dog out in the field…….

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I have no doubt that Schierholtz will be consider for the Silver Slugger’s award…….has to be the top RF hitters in the league.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Len Kasper wants to know why they serve Sour Dough bread in California with everything………I like to hear the old days when Harry Carey talked about which local bar had the bad women hanging out after the game.

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

      I wish they served sour dough here. It is the bomb. I’ve spoiled many an expensive meal by filling up on bread.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson serves up a three-run shot to Gyorko … Padres right back in the game

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Murphy’s throwing error opened the door … now the Cubs lead is down to one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Jackson gives up his sixth run … game tied at six.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Two excellent hustle plays by Junior Lake

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

    Hendricks throwing BB’s again. This kid is legit for next year.

  • Thomas D

    So trying ti get I ti this sabermetrics thing, I looked at Navarro and Castilli and compared them and now I can see why the FO is high on Castillo. Navarro is having a career year at the plate but every other year he has been below the league while in Castillo is above and his WAR this year is 3.5 has a higher dWAR than Navarro so I said a couple weeks back that Navarro was young enough to be our catcher but I now see Castillo is much better but you have to look at the advance stats to realize it. Man saber stats are fun to look at but boy are they confusing at first

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-6 to the Padres
    on Friday night – Edwin Jackson: 6R, 5ER, 10H, 0BB, 4K, 6+ IP (95 pitches, 64
    strikes)

    Schierholtz: 1-5, HR, 3RBI; Lake: 3-5, R; Bogusevic: 1-4, 3B, 2RBI;
    Castro: 1-5, R; Rizzo: 1-4, R, BB