Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 09/10/13

Game One Hundred Forty-Four: Cubs (61-82) vs. Reds (82-63)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Edwin Jackson (7-15, 4.91/1.43/3.70) vs. Tony Cingrani (7-3, 2.80/1.08/3.66)

The Cubs will try to play spoiler for the second day in a row in Cincinnati as Edwin Jackson tries to pick up where Travis Wood left off on Monday night. The Cubs surprised Dusty Baker’s team on Monday and beat the Reds for just the fourth time this season (4-13).

The Cubs offense will have their hands full tonight with Tony Cingrani on the hill. The Cubs have had very little success against the southpaw this season in three tries. Look for Dale Sveum to run out his right-handed lineup tonight with Donnie Murphy at third, Welington Castillo behind the plate, Junior Lake in center and Darnell McDonald in left. Cingrani has been just as good against right handers this season as lefties and Sveum might be better off defensively with Ryan Sweeney in center flanked by Lake and McDonald.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off another rough outing. Jackson lasted just five innings against the Marlins after surrendering three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Jackson just has not done what the Cubs signed him to do, eat innings, and he will hopefully come back next season prepared to compete in his second season with the Cubs.

Edwin Jackson has not posted a win since the end of July, the last time he put together a good outing. The Cubs are 3-7 in Jackson’s last 10 starts and 0-5 in his previous five games.

Edwin Jackson faces the Reds for just the second time tonight. Jackson lost the game back on May 5 at Wrigley Field. Jackson allowed four runs on eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. For his career, Jackson is 1-1 in four starts against the Reds with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP … at one start at Great American Ball Park, Jackson allowed three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings (5.40 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP).

Reds Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Shin-Soo Choo – 10-for-25 with three doubles and four walks
  • Cesar Izturis – 0-for-12 with a walk
  • Ryan Ludwick – 2-for-11 with a double and a walk
  • Joey Votto – 4-for-13 with a double
  • Jay Bruce – 1-for-11 with a double
  • Brandon Phillips – 4-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Zack Cozart – 0-for-6
  • Chris Heisey – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-4 with a walk
  • Jack Hannahan – 1-for-5
  • Devin Mesoraco – 0-for-5
  • Todd Frazier – 2-for-4
  • Xavier Paul – 1-for-2 with a walk

Tony Cingrani is coming off an excellent start against the Cardinals after missing 10 days with a lower back strain. Cingrani held the Cardinals to two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Cingrani walked three and struck out seven batters. Cingrani has been very good for the Reds this season in between dealing with injuries.

Cingrani is a spectacular 4-2 in seven starts since the break with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Cingrani has allowed only 22 hits with 16 walks in his last 39 big league innings. Over that span, the talented southpaw has struck out 42 batters.

The Cubs will get their fourth look of the season at Cingrani tonight. Cingrani is 1-0 in his first three starts against the Cubs with a 3.60 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP. In 20 innings, Cingrani has given up 12 hits with two walks and 19 strikeouts.

Cubs Numbers against Tony Cingrani in 2013

  • Starlin Castro (.284) – 0-for-9
  • Anthony Rizzo (.255) – 2-for-8 with a double
  • Welington Castillo (.353) – 0-for-7
  • Darwin Barney (.227) – 0-for-7
  • Ryan Sweeney (.320) – 1-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

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

  • 07GreyDigger

    I know everyone hates EJax, but here’s a positive I came up with to his crummy season. At least he’ll be well rested for next year.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I don’t hate Jackson……..now Mel Rojas is another matter.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cingrini has held the league to a .192 BAA. His 2.80 ERA is due to
    the fact that he walks a few too many. He’s been a pretty tough customer,
    but the Cubs have fared better than most against him: 3.60 ERA.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      If you look at the numbers, Cody Ransom hit two home runs against him.

  • Ripsnorter1

    MLBTR has rated the top FA starting pitchers.
    Rated at #1…..Mr. Matt Garza. You can view them all here: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    Frankly, I’d resign Baker to a two year contract and be pretty happy about it.
    Wood, Baker, Shark and EJax, and ….hmmmmm. Maybe we could sign two more to
    go with Baker……

    The 2013 Cubs are 7th in all of MLB in BAA, 10th in quality starts, and (ahem) 20th in ERA.
    How did they do that????

    • 07GreyDigger

      Bullpen. Duh. I would give Arrieta and Hendricks a chance in the rotation next season.

      • Ripsnorter1

        The bullpen is 26th in MLB with a 4.15 relief ERA.
        22nd in relief BAA at .250. Amazing, isn’t it?
        24th in BB with 181.
        28th in OBP.
        Slug is 29th at .415. Only Houston has a worst bullpen for giving up the
        extra base hit.
        OPS is 28th.

        That’s the Cubs’ 2013 Bullpen.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        So far, the line up for 2014 starting pithing is this…..
        Samardzija
        Wood
        Jackson
        Rusin
        Arrieta
        Villanueva……July trade bait
        Cabrera…bullpen bound
        Vizcaino….Iowa until May
        Baker (if he resigns)
        Hendricks….Iowa until July
        And will Theo go after an Asian free agent pitcher?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      The pressure is on the Rangers FO to resign Garza after this season……it is not that Garza is the best pitcher, it is the fact there are few quality starting pitchers on the market…….so other teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Angles will look to sign Garza.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      easy…when they were bad (ala Shark) they were really bad. makes the era puffy when you lose your cool and let the bad games get really out of hand.
      Wood has been outstanding…nothing flashy, but love the consistency. Think he needs to work on his endurance…seems to tire late in games quickly.
      Ejax will come back to his career norms.
      Shark will probably continue to pitch half good games and half crap games…but we can hope for more consistency.
      Baker is interesting…no guarantee he signs even if we want him to, no matter how much he feels he “owes” the Cubs. This is a tough spot…the better he pitches the rest of the year, the more we are also letting other teams drive interest in him. Then again, maybe that is what Theo is hoping for…resign him to a 2 yr deal, and then you have a tradable asset under control at the trade deadline and can get the Angels or Dodgers or Yankees to pay up.
      I think Rusin has earned an extended look. Similar to Wood, he has that Buerhle consistency…would like to see if he can do it a whole year. Worse case, he can be a trade chip at deadline next year, or perhaps we try and make him a lefty out of the pen?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a shot by Welington … 470′, third longest at Great American this season

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Chicks dig the long ball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Donnie Murphy strikes again … two-run shot, #10

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s had a fantastic year as a Cub.
      109 AB….10 HR…slug .624!…..979 OPS!!!

      • Tom U

        High praise indeed!

        • Ripsnorter1

          He’s hitting nearly as much as Miguel Cabrera:
          .667 slug vs. .624 Murphy
          1.113 OPS vs. .979

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake is 2-for-2, just scored his second run.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    McDonald with a RBI, first run of the series for the Cubs that did not score on a homer

  • TheWrongGuy

    Hopefully EJAX can settle in and throw more strikes now.

    • RynoTiger

      you jinxed him

      • TheWrongGuy

        It doesn’t take much to jinx him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent job by Rizzo to start the 3-6-3 double play

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Leon Durham would have thrown that ball into left field.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I love watch Dusty getting pissed as he watched the Cubs beating his Reds.

    • Ripsnorter1

      This Chicago Cubs buzz saw is just cutting his divisional championship
      hopes into little pieces.

      Mr. Baker could find himself–and his team–in a one game playoff hoping and
      praying that they’ll win so they can go on in the playoffs.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Castro going the other way these days…….

    • TheWrongGuy

      Its a good thing =)

      • CubbyDenCritic

        use to do that earlier in his career…..Castro needs to go with the pitch….not pull everything.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I think Dusty Baker could raise allot of money to a local charities if he raffle off those tooth picks he chews on.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Hearing old 70′s music in the back ground of the stadium sound system……do they celebrate “WKRP” nights in Cincy?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Jackson was safe…..go sit down Dusty.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cubs need to add three more runs to insure a Jackson victory.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    There must be Reds fan on this site tonight……WOW…Hot Babes with Cubs hats on in the stands.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    At least rizzo got a hit! (By pitch, but still…progress).

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Going to listen to our Leader…..will be back…..meantime, discuss if we should sign Josh Johnson this offseason to a one year incentive filled contract.

    • daverj

      I don’t want the cubs to pay what it will cost for josh Johnson.

  • SuzyS

    Hey Neil, how does Jackson look.? I see he’s pitching a shut out so far….Does he look good?

    I still expect him to put together one great season out of his 4 year contract…He’s always had the stuff…just maddeningly inconsistent….

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Jackson is okay tonight. Pitched his way out of jams, good slider, pitching ahead for the most part. Better than he has been to this point.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Is he good that good tonight …or Reds that bad lately?…….I want to say Reds bats are weak.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          With the way he’s pitched this season, it doesn’t really matter. A positive outing, is a positive outing.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He did a good job pitching out of the jam in the fifth. Castro turned in another good play in the field.

      • SuzyS

        Thanks, Neil. I’d like to see the guy do better the next few seasons.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    okay…nothing new from our Leader tonight……the B-52″s are still loading up.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Two more HR’s for A***** S******

  • cubtex

    2 more HR’s tonight! 32 HR’s with 98 RBI on the year!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      don’t forget those stolen base totals also!…….
      don’t worry….
      Corey Black will get the last out when the Cubs win the World Series

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Let’s move on from this. Thank you.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder if the Reds TV announcers are still mocking the Cubs these days?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    That pitch was up…..I doubt if Dusty wants to waste anymore pitchers tonight.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I remember a month ago at another Cubs site where I read “so called experts” saying Lake would not be hitting above 300 now.

    • daverj

      Still a small sample size. Lake is not a .300 hitter at this point in his career. But maybe his plate discipline will improve in the future.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Chris Archer had another bad outing last night……while CJ Edwards celebrated a Championship.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I think Jackson has one more inning left in him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dusty has emptied his bench

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo goes deep again … first career multi-homer game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwin Jackson with a home run … #2 of his career.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I leave the room to do laundry…come back and miss 2 Cubs HR’s………maybe I should do the ironing also!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    okay…I notice the Mr Thumbs Down Guy got a hold of his mom’s laptop and adding more thumbs down on me……….kid, go to bed, you have school tomorrow.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Corky Miller looks like the guy in “Major League” who hit HR’s off of Charlie Sheen.

  • Ripsnorter1

    27 HR out of the Cubs’ 3B in 2013.
    That’s good enough to be #4 in all of MLB.

    Just #25 in BA with a low .232.
    Lousy 64 RBI.that’s just #18…but I digress.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Olt will hit 30 HR alone next season.

      • Ripsnorter1

        For Daytona, or Tennessee?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          if that is so, then Vilanuava will hit 40 HR….and Olt & Vitters could talk about the best interstate restaurants while they ride the bus.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Billy Hamilton’s first big league at bat

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I will cherish this moment then.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Reminds me of a Mookie Wilson swing.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Well Jackson had a good game…….

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I am an ejax fan…I think he is just being intuitively and subliminally strategic by having his worst year of his 4 yr deal in a year that doesnt matter. Jmo…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    J.C. Boscan is in the game

  • John_CC

    Wow, look at all that offense!

    O BB in 7 innings for Jackson is great to see. Was he pitching to contact tonight?

    Great to see Beef find his power stroke. I just read a very good, critical article on him. Castillo has the makings to be a top tier catcher. I’ll try to find it.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He pitched a pretty good game, made the big pitch when he needed to. The defense turned two double plays behind him in the first five innings.

      • John_CC

        Thanks, a lot to be said for building a strong defense. Pitchers learn that they don’t have to be perfect and can relax and pitch.
        Good game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Reds 9-1 on Tuesday night – Edwin Jackson: 1R, 9H, 0BB, 4K, 7IP (98 pitches, 68 strikes); 1-4, HR, 2R

    Castillo: 3-5, 2 HR, 3RBI; Murphy: 2-5, HR, 2B, 3RBI; Lake: 2-4, 2B, 2R, SB; Castro: 2-5; Barney: 1-2, SF RBI, 2BB, 2R

  • John_CC

    That was easy to find, the only two sites I go to for Cubs info is this one and Cubs Den.
    Great read on Welington Castillo, http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/09/welington-castillo-emerging-as-long-term-answer-at-catcher/

  • Rick Barkan

    Wouldn’t have been great if the Cubs played this way more often.

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