Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 08/06/13

Game One Hundred Twelve: Cubs (49-62) vs. Phillies (50-61)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65/1.35) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29/1.32)

The Cubs begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three in Philadelphia. The road trip wraps on Sunday in St. Louis.

Thanks to the schedule makers, the Cubs will see the Phillies for the first time this season and a very familiar face in their third base coaches box. Ryne Sandberg was added to Charlie Manuel’s staff last off-season. Sandberg and the Phillies make their annual trip to Wrigley at the end of the month (August 30 – September 1).

The Phillies are not having a good season and start play tonight with just one more victory than the Cubs. Dale Sveum’s team won two of the six games (2-4) against Philly a year ago.

The Cubs will turn to Edwin Jackson tonight to end their four-game losing streak. But it will not matter if the offense doesn’t wake-up and put a few runs on the board. The Cubs did not scored a single run over the last 23 innings of the Dodgers’ series and managed only two runs on 29 hits over the last three games. After being blanked on back-to-back days, the Cubs have been shutout eight times this season. While the offense will not be compared to the ’27 Yankees anytime soon, the offense is better than the one that suited up at Wrigley for eight games.

Dale Sveum has his team playing better on the road this season that at Wrigley, especially after the last homestand. The Cubs enter play tonight 26-29 outside of Wrigley this year and are 23-33 at the old ballyard after the recently completed 1-7 homestand.

After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Kyle Kendrick, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Cole Hamels on Wednesday night. Jeff Samardzija squares off against Ethan Martin in the finale on Thursday afternoon.

Thomas Neal is expected to be added to the active roster before the game tonight.

Pat Hughes is taking the next three games off and will rejoin the Cubs in St. Louis on Friday night. Dave Eanet will join Keith Moreland and Judd Sirott in the booth for the series in Philadelphia.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson was on the hill the last time the Cubs won a ballgame. Jackson came back out after a one hour, six minute delay and ended up with one of his better outings of the season. Jackson limited the Brewers to one run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Jackson has really turned his season around after a rough start.

Edwin Jackson posted a 3-1 record in four starts last month with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. The key to Jackson’s success has been limiting the free passes. Over his last 34 1/3 innings, Jackson has walked only six batters while striking out 22.

Edwin Jackson is 3-6 in 11 starts on the road this year with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Tonight will be Edwin Jackson’s sixth career start against the Phillies. Jackson is 1-4 in the first five with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP … at Citizens Bank Park, Jackson is 0-3 in three starts with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Jackson made four starts against Philly last season and was 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Kevin Frandsen – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Kyle Kendrick – 1-for-1 with a double
  • Michael Martinez – 0-for-3
  • John Mayberry Jr. – 2-for-6
  • John McDonald – 5-for-15 with a double and a walk
  • Laynce Nix – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Jimmy Rollins – 4-for-6 with two home runs and a walk
  • Darin Ruf – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Carlos Ruiz – 6-for-9 with three doubles
  • Chase Utley – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Delmon Young – 1-for-4
  • Michael Young – 6-for-22 with two double and two walks

Kyle Kendrick has been typically inconsistent this season. One start Kendrick will look like a top of the rotation starter, and the next he will get pummeled. Kendrick is coming off a miserable outing against the Giants in which he gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with a walk and no strikeouts in two innings.

Kyle Kendrick was 2-3 in five starts last month with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.

Kyle Kendrick has put together very good outings against the Cubs during his career. In four games, three starts, Kendrick is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.75 WHP (five runs, three earned, on 11 hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings).

The Cubs must make Kendrick work tonight and avoid swinging at his pitches.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-6
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-6
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Edwin Jackson – 1-for-2
  • Donnie Murphy – 2-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Cody Ransom – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-2 with three walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • 07GreyDigger

      Chris Rusin last pitched August 1st, did they skip his turn in the rotation on purpose?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Sveum wanted to split up the lefties. Rusin is scheduled to start the opener in St. Louis

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

    I’m interested to see Jackson tonight. He has looked worth every penny of his contract in his last few starts. If he can keep it up I will feel very good about him going forward. He has looked like a number 2, but realistically he is more suited as a solid number 3. I would feel great about the EJax from July someday taking the hill in a 5 game playoff series.

    • Tony_Hall

      I will feel better when he is the #4 and that is only because the #5 is a young hard throwing rookie named Johnson.

      • Brp921

        If and when that happens we’ll have a pretty darn good starting five.:)

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

          Is that assuming Hendricks as the 3? I believe he will be in our rotation, possibly next year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good at bat by Castro, worked the count, got the runner over

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Stop the presses … the Cubs scored a run

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Donnie Murphy with a home run, a three-run shot

    • 07GreyDigger

      Stop the presses there.

  • Brp921

    As Jack Brickhouse used to say “HEY HEY”

  • Brp921

    Can we jump out on a limb and say Jackson gets a win tonight?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with No. 18

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent relay to cut down Ruf. Edwin looks like the April-May version of himself tonight.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I see that Dave Parker has Parkinson disease….talk about a guy who had the five tools in baseball…..between 1975 to 1980, he was a Beast……had a few more good years in the mid 80’s……….made a great throw in the All Star game one year……those 70’s Pirate teams had some really big guys.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Will Theo expose any players like Gregg or Navarro to the waiver wire this month? I doubt either one resigns with us for next season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus is having another rough night in the outfield

  • Tom U

    From MiLB

    NO-HITTER ALERT: Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch is through six innings for the Smokies. Watch LIVE: http://atmilb.com/19MdRkk

  • cubtex

    This is typical Edwin Jackson. Will look great for several starts and then absolutely awful for several starts. That is why he has a career 1.5 WHIP. Stats….right Tony? :)

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually career 1.43

      Exactly why I want him for the BOR.

      • cubtex

        Even if you wanted him to be more….he isn’t capable. He is what he is.

        • Tony_Hall

          Potential is what he has, and that is from people who just use their eyes to evaluate as he has good stuff….but the stats say he is a BOR starter.

          • Dorasaga

            What’s a BOR? Born Of Relief?

          • Tony_Hall

            Bottom of the rotation

            TOR – top of the rotation

          • Dorasaga

            Which begs the question, what’s a #3 among the 5-man rotation? MOR?

          • Tony_Hall

            I guess, but avg players don’t get cool acronyms.

  • Tom U

    NO HITTER!!!

    Eric Jokisch get two diving catches from Christian Villaneuva and Javier Baez to help perserve the no-hit bid in the ninth. Jokisch struck out 8 and walked 4 as the Smokles won 10-0.

    • Tom U

      On a side note, Jokisch was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a BB and an RBI

  • cubtex

    Former NU Wildcat Eric Jokish with a no no. Congratulations!

  • Brp921

    Well, I just got back to the game after taking care of some household chores. I think now I was closer to being right when I contemplated that we could have a prolonged losing streak this month rather than getting a win tonight. My guy Jackson has let us down this year, maybe I was wrong about him too. The good news is that we can compete for pitching in next years draft.

    • cubtex

      One thing is we will have alot of time to do chores and not care about missing games. I painted one room at my office last Saturday. Will do another this weekend. It will keep me away from watching this team do a repeat of last year.

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

        It could be interestig at call-up time. I want to see who comes up.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Anyone hear why Pat Hughes is not doing the radio broadcast tonight?

    • GaryLeeT

      No, but he has contract goodies like no other broadcaster I know of.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Pat is off until Friday, scheduled time off.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Just so you know, I always try to post when Pat is not going to be calling the games.

  • GaryLeeT

    A Bowden appearance would not be complete without an earned run.

  • cubtex

    Just saw highlight of Soriano stealing second and then scored from 2nd on a wild pitch. Just like the old days :))

    • paulcatanese

      And two good catches in left. One a diving shoestring bit.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        And he struck out swinging to end the game.

        • Suzy S

          Yep…just like the good ole days :-)

    • Tony_Hall

      Since you brought him up…..

      212/235/333 in 33 AB’s
      9 k’s and only 1 BBb

      Yep, just like the old days outside of his couple of hot streaks a year.

      • cubtex

        How many AB’s? Lmao

        • Tony_Hall

          You brought him up….and if he had a line of 320/385/625 you would have been all over it, but instead you bring up that he stole a base.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 9-8 to the Phillies
    on Tuesday night – Edwin Jackson: 7R, 10H, 2BB, 2K, WP in 5IP (92 pitches, 51
    strikes)

    Castillo: 3-4, RBI, R, BB; Schierholtz: 3-5, 2B, 2RBI, 2R; Murphy:
    1-4, HR, 3RBI; Rizzo: 1-5, HR; Watkins: 1-2, R

  • Baron_S

    87
    91
    101
    90 (?)

    this could be 4 straight seasons of ~90+ losses…

    it is just painful.

    • Suzy S

      Yes…and we might as well go for broke this season…and lose the rest of the games.
      Next season…go for 80 plus wins and the season after to the 90 + win plateau.

      • cubtex

        Yea. The only thing they have to worry about to go for 80 wins next year is to add a TOR starter, a #4 hitter, 3 more members to the bullpen and 80 wins should be a realistic goal :)