Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 09/03/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight: Cubs (58-79) vs. Marlins (51-85)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90/1.42/3.72) vs. Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.72/1.41/4.27)

The Cubs will try to even the series with the Marlins tonight behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs struggles at Wrigley Field continued on Monday and Jackson will look to keep the Marlins off the board while the Cubs’ offense tries to figure out Tom Koehler.

The key tonight will be to make Koehler work. The Cubs were extremely aggressive against Henderson Alvarez on Monday and made it rather easy on the rookie right hander. Koehler struggles with his command and will issue free passes. It will be up to Dale Sveum’s lineup to take advantage of their opportunities.

The Cubs’ clubhouse should be a little more crowded today than it was yesterday. The Cubs are expected to add catcher J.C. Boscan to the active roster along with three to four other players. Brooks Raley is expected to join James Russell in the pen and give Dale Sveum another lefty reliever. Justin Grimm is also expected to be called up and added to the roster. According to reports, the Cubs had planned on activating Rafael Dolis from the DL but he left Monday’s game in Kane County with an apparent arm injury and his status is unknown at this point. Bruce Miles reported that a player not currently on the 40-man roster could be called-up this week, but he did not mention which player, but Miles did say it would not be Javier Baez.

Updated 3:37 CDT – The Cubs called up RHP Justin Grimm, C J.C. Boscan, LHP Zac Rosscup and LHP Brooks Raley on Monday afternoon. Dave Sappelt was designated for assignment.

Tonight all begins with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson picked up a quality start after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits to the Dodgers in 6 2/3 innings his last time out. Jackson’s own error led to the two unearned runs and while he pitched better, it was not necessarily a quality start. Jackson walked two and struck out five.

After a tremendous July in which Jackson posted a 3-1 record in five starts with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, Jackson had a horrible August and has to be glad the calendar flipped to a new month. Jackson was 0-3 in five starts last month with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson is 4-6 in 11 starts at Wrigley this season with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP and will make his second start of the season against the Fish tonight. Jackson received a no decision on April 25 in Miami after allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Jackson is 1-6 in nine games, eight starts, against the Marlins with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

Marlins Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Juan Pierre – 4-for-15 with a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 2-for-13 with three walks
  • Greg Dobbs – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Jeff Mathis – 2-for-7 with two walks
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Chris Coghlan – 3-for-7 with a double
  • Logan Morrison – 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Donovan Solano – 2-for-4 with a walk

Tom Koehler is coming off a rough outing against the Nationals. Koehler lasted just five innings and gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks. Koehler will get himself into trouble with free passes, the Cubs just have to cash those free baserunners into runs.

Koehler has struggled over his last eight starts. Koehler is 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Teams have hit .302 against him during that span. Over his last 45 1/3 innings, Koehler has given up 55 hits with 21 walks and 37 strikeouts.

Tom Koehler has faced the Cubs for one inning in his career, and that perfect inning was on April 26 of this season. Koehler will make his first career start against the Cubs tonight . Starlin Castro (0-for-1) is the only player on the Cubs active roster that has faced Koehler in a big league ballgame.

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Murphy 2B
    Bogusevic LF
    Castillo C
    Jackson P

  • cubtex

    Just watched the story on Matt Szcur on E-60. What a wonderful kid and unselfish gift he gave to a family he didn’t even know from another country! He saved a little girl’s life! It makes me want to root for Szcur to make it even more now! I recommend watching this story to anyone who might have missed it.

    • Tony_Hall

      WOW! Szczur says that anyone would have done the same if they were put in the same situation. I don’t believe it, he is true hero and I agree, I want to see him make it to the majors and have a long career.

      Here is the link to the video.

      • SuzyS

        Tony, Fantastic Link!!! Thanks so much for providing it as I don’t have espn on my cable.
        I’ve already been rooting for Szczur…but now even more….I have to believe that he’ll be rewarded in whatever he does…He’s a special type of person…kind of like the next “Mr. Cub”.
        Thank you Jim Hendry for signing him!!!

  • Dorasaga

    Grimm in his Wrigley debut, no?

    • Neil

      Grimm would be making his Wrigley debut when he pitches, He was scheduled to start the game for the Rangers earlier this year that was rained out.

  • Neil

    Excellent catch by Sweeney

  • CubbyDenCritic

    2014 Chicago Cubs Starting Pitching Candidates…..
    Samardzija… bait or long term contract?
    Jackson……..In…but a July trade candidate
    Arrieta………..too early to tell
    Raley…………Bullpen or back to Iowa
    Vilanueva……Bullpen / spot starter
    Vizcaino……..innings will be limited
    Cabrera………same as Vizcaino
    Hendricks……Dark Horse, good bet
    S. Baker……..only will resign if he is in the rotation
    N.Ramirez…..why not, maybe by June
    C. Coleman….if so, we are in trouble.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Mr Thumbs Down…you did it in less than 10 seconds!….now go back to your shine box.

    • Tony_Hall

      I’ll give you some feedback on this.

      Samardzija, Wood, Jackson (baring a trade which is not likely)

      Will have a chance in ST
      Rusin, Arrieta, Grimm

      I expect to be in the bullpen
      Villanueva, Cabrera

      Iowa bound
      Raley, Hendricks

      Too long of a shot to be listed
      Ramirez, Coleman

      I fully expect them to sign or trade for 2 vets to plug in like they have done the last 2 years. Baker is almost for sure going to be one of them. Then Rusin and Arrieta will be used to fill their spots once guys are traded or guys get hurt. As much as both look capable of being in the rotation, I don’t think they will go into ST counting on them as 4 and 5.

      • Ripsnorter1

        tonight’s starting lineup might very well be the Cubs’ opening day starting lineup.

        • John_CC

          You do not believe that.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yes I do. Castro at SS. Rizzo at 1B. Sweeney in CF. Bogusevic in LF. Schierholtz in RF. Murphy to supplant Barney at 2B. Valbuena–the love story continues–at 3B and Castillo catching. What’s so hard to believe about this?

  • Dorasaga

    “As advertised” and Sweeney hooked for a strikeout… I must say this analyst has a wicked sense of humor, if it’s of any help to get through this terrible season… Murph’s linedrive Basehit!

    • Dorasaga

      of course, another inning ending double play. If they were the Orphans back in 19’o’s, the writers would be spilling poems over this.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    you know, these Marlins road jerseys are kind of want me to get one…similar to those old Padres, A’s, Astros jerseys from the 70’s….

  • Neil

    Bogusevic goes oppo … #3

  • Neil

    Very good at bat by Lake, from 0-2 to a walk

  • Neil

    That was not strike three on Castro

  • John_CC

    What happened to Jackson? He was cruising when checked the first time, 3 innings 4 Ks 0 BB….next time I look, blat!

    • Neil

      He really wasn’t cruising, sorry. The Marlins put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. The Marlins were squaring him up with a lot of loud outs.

      Jackson was not good again tonight.

      • John_CC

        Thanks Neil. The box score looked great! Its why I don’t watch the games.

        • Neil

          You’re welcome

  • Neil

    Good at bat by Rizzo … sac fly off a lefty. Looked better off the bat.

  • Neil

    Here comes Rosscup

  • Neil

    Rosscup strikes out Coghlan … #1 for the kid

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just plain, simple embarrassing….

  • CubbyDenCritic

    sometimes I think the Cubs & Dale are making strides……then they take three steps backwards.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I hope the Cubs send messages out to someone like Angles manager Mike Scoscia that he is needed here in Chicago.

    • Neil

      I know you are frustrated, but you do realize that Sveum is not going anywhere. I am hearing they will pickup his option this winter and possibly extend him.

  • Neil

    Parker started nibbling again when he got ahead in the count. He can’t do that, cost his team three runs.

  • Denver Mike

    Good night so far for some of the better known Cubs prospects in Daytona’s playoff game tonight:

    Black 5IP 0R 7K 1BB
    Bryant 2-3 2RBI
    Vogelbach 0-3 RBI, R

    Bryant just continues to hit, gotta admit he and Vogelbach look pretty good batting together in the order.

    I have also been pretty impressed with Corey Black since he came over in the Soriano deal. 25IP 2.88ERA 1.28WHIP 10.1K/9 2.8K/BB

    Considering he was a 4th round pick in 2012 right out of high school, and his respectable numbers over 160IP in the minors, I don’t see how so many thought the Soriano deal was such a terrible trade. He is still a ways off, but if Black continues to progress and realize his potential (as a 4th rd HS draft pick I have to imagine the ceiling is pretty high), then we may very well be saying “we ONLY gave up 1 year of 38 yr old Soriano for this kid!”

    Gotta find some rays of sunshine somewhere!

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 6-2 to the Marlins on Tuesday night – Edwin Jackson; 3R, 7H, 2BB, 4K, 5IP (104 pitches, 63

    Bogusevic: 1-4, HR; Castillo: 1-3, 2B, BB, R; Castro: 1-4; Rizzo: 0-3, SF RBI; Parker: 3R, 4H, 0BB, 2K, 1IP