Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 04/08/14

Game Seven: Cubs (2-4) vs. Pirates (4-2)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (0-0, 1.69/1.13/4.04) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00/0.83/2.10)

The Cubs season resumes tonight with the first of three against the Pirates. The first night game of the year at Wrigley Field features a rematch from the second game of the season that ended up going 16 innings. The Pirates took two of three from the Cubs last week in Pittsburgh and the Pirates will look to build on a solid start to the year over the next three days. The Pirates enter play tonight tied for first in the NL Central with the Brewers while the Cubs have a half game edge on the Reds for fourth place in the division.

MLBAutismAwarenessAfter tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Charlie Morton, Jason Hammel and Wandy Rodriguez square off on Wednesday night. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Gerrit Cole in the finale on Thursday afternoon.

Look for Rick Renteria to fill his lineup with as many lefties as possible tonight. Left handed hitters hit .312/.425/.338 against Charlie Morton last season while right handers managed a .250/.314/.305 line. Morton has struggled against lefties through his career (.327/.409/.423) but has done his job against right handed hitters (.250/.314/.305).

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson makes his second start of the season tonight. Jackson was okay in his last outing but the four walks he issued kept him from completing six innings. Jackson was signed to eat innings and he really has to start limiting his walks so he can go deeper in the game. Jackson gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits with four walks. a HBP and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings to the Pirates the first time out.

After struggling at his new home park early last season, Jackson ended up posting a 4-8 record in 13 starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP at Wrigley. From July 11 through the end of the year, Jackson recorded a quality start in in four of his last five games at Wrigley Field.

Jackson owns a 6-2 record in 11 career starts against the Pirates with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Andrew McCutchen: 8-for-21 with two doubles, two home runs and five walks
  • Neil Walker: 3-for-17 with one double and three walks
  • Russell Martin: 2-for-17 with one walk
  • Pedro Alvarez: 2-for-17 with one home run
  • Clint Barmes: 4-for-16
  • Starling Marte: 5-for-12 with one walk
  • Jose Tabata: 0-for-7 with one walk
  • Travis Ishikawa: 2-for-7 with one double and one walk
  • Charlie Morton: 0-for-6
  • Gaby Sanchez: 0-for-5 with one walk
  • Jordy Mercer: 1-for-4
  • Josh Harrison: 1-for-3 with one double

Charlie Morton was very good against the Cubs’ offense the first time out this season. Morton allowed just four hits over six shutout innings with one walk and six strikeouts. The Cubs made it easy on Morton and will hopefully have a new game plan in place for him tonight.

For as good as Morton was a year ago, he did struggle a little on the road. Morton was 5-2 in 11 starts with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Charlie Morton is 2-4 in 10 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-3 in five career starts with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Charlie Morton

  • Nate Schierholtz: 6-for-18 with one double, one triple and one walk
  • Starlin Castro: 6-for-18
  • Darwin Barney: 1-for-10 with one walk
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 4-for-12
  • Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-10 with one double and one walk
  • Luis Valbuena: 3-for-11 with one walk
  • Edwin Jackson: 2-for-8
  • John Baker: 3-for-8 with two doubles
  • Ryan Sweeney: 0-for-5 with one walk
  • Welington Castillo: 2-for-4 with one double and one walk
  • Ryan Kalish: 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Tom U

    Good evening, tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa: Chris Rusin (0-1, 12.27)
    Kane County: Jen-Ho Tseng

    Tennessee has the night off. Daytona’s game has been postponed, and will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader.

    Incidentally, the Cougars’ opponent, the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, has one of my favorite logos. Its a picture of an angry-looking apple with a pot on his head.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Everything is up … Pirates already leading 2-0.

  • brent carmona

    Edwin missing his spots, velocity is down..welp!

  • JasonPen

    Has the game started yet? Or did the Pirates hire Jackson to throw batting practice tonight?

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    So there goes one of my hopes for this season, Jackson pitching reasonably well and getting traded.

  • GaryLeeT

    The over before it started game…..my favorite.
    Although, Morton could be a pitcher they can get to.

    • GaryLeeT

      Or, could not.

  • EqDoc

    Warm up the bull pen. Jackson just blows…

    • GaryLeeT

      I just don’t understand how his pin straight, belt high, 90 mph fastball isn’t getting anybody out.

      • JasonPen

        Maybe hes used to pitching to Cubs hitters…

  • brent carmona

    Well Jen-Ho Tseng has 3 scoreless so far in his debut, allowed a few hits but hasn’t been hit particularly hard according to the radio

  • JasonPen

    I love MLB.TV. I just figured out how to watch the game but listen to Pat Hughes and WGN radio through my TV.
    I just can’t stand Casper for some reason. Hes just annoying.
    Like earlier, he said Bonnifacio did not win player of the week, and then mentioned it 2 more times without telling us who actually won player of the week. He just leaves too much dead air and doesnt really have any good back stories or anything actually entertaining to talk about.

    • No Baseball In Indiana

      Casper is horrible….”Cubssssssh”
      *Mute*

    • cc002600

      i could not agree more.
      He just bores the hell out of me.

  • Roland Bowman

    If Jackson could have gotten the bunt down, that would have been two runs.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cubs are still in this game. Charlie Morton looks just awful.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a 3-run shot … game tied at 4

  • CerranoReadyNow

    I think Starlin is starting to heat up. What a swing!

    • brent carmona

      He really admired that one right after he hit it..I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do that before

  • brent carmona

    Starlin bfkahrkwodnehqij !!!!!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jen-Ho Tseng allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks in his pro debut tonight. All three runs scored in the fifth inning.

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

      Great debut! Congrats Jen-Ho.

  • GaryLeeT

    So, even after Castro’s big 3 run shot, is it wrong for me to still be annoyed that Jackson didn’t get is bunt down?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No, not at all.

    • brent carmona

      Not at all if it costs us a run you have a right to be annoyed. Looking for some fire in the cubs though and complete the comeback

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

      I agree, it’s like game 1 when Shark couldn’t get it down.

  • cubtex

    Typical EJax. Castro hits a 3 run shot to tie game and he proceeds to walk 2 guys next inning and a McCutchen base hit and gives lead right back. He’s brutal!

    • brent carmona

      That run to put them up really hurts..we started to get some momentum then we give the lead right back

      • cubtex

        Exactly.

        • brent carmona

          *sigh* another run!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Would you rather Chris Rusin be up here getting knocked around? This is more entertaining, don’t you think?

      • cubtex

        Can’t stand EJax. No heart! I would rather see Grimm start.

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

          Totally agree. Seen a lot of good from Grimm in short opportunities this season.

          • cubtex

            And he wants to be a starter and sees himself as one.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yeah, but my scouting reports on him are rather pedestrian.

            BTW Cubtex, I am sending Neil a note asking for your email. It looks like I might stop in Texas in July, and a ball game might be just the thing to make my trip right. : )

          • cubtex

            Definitely. Let’s do it

          • GaryLeeT

            What if he’s goin to San Antone, and you’re in Arlen?

          • cubtex

            I will be in Chicago with the family the week of the 4th of July.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Not sure what week in July I’ll be through Texas. But thanks for the heads up. Maybe we can connect in Chicago. Get Tony Hall to go with us to tell us how great Edwin Jackson is.

            LOL

          • Tony_H

            Cmon Rip, I have never stated EJAX is great. I have called him what he is, a pitcher with great stuff (ranked in Top 10 for stuff last year) who has never had his results reach his potential. He is 3/4 at best and that his durability may be his best trait right now.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are best known for being one of the top PR men in all of the world.

            If Jed had your skills, EJax would be traded straight up for Wil Meyers.

      • Tom U

        Final line tonight for Chris Rusin: 6.0 IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 5K, 86 pitches, 68 strikes.

        • Ripsnorter1

          No BBs?

          Excellent strikes to balls ratio.

          • Tom U

            Double checked that for you: no walks.

      • cubtex

        Rip. You would love what the mlb tv guys were saying after they showed Castro’s HR. Reynolds and Mike Lowell were saying leave the kid alone. He gets 200 hits and they messed with his swing? They said Sveum messed with him for 2 years.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Thanks for the info.

          I knew that they messed with him for two years. As soon as I posted it, I was shouted down.

          Glad to see him connect tonight. I was/am concerned that the damage was permanent.

          BTW I think this is why Moreland is on unemployment compensation. He spoke against it last year, and suddenly…..he’s not here anymore. Shades of Steve Stone and Dusty comments.

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

            Listening to Moreland was like watching paint dry. I don’t think Theo gives any thought to what an announcer says about him on any station.

        • gary3411

          Reynolds is an idiot. period

  • texcubnut

    Starlin!!!!!

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

    Anybody think we might go after Hanrahan? Bullpen has been a strength but I would give him Schlitter’s spot.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Not unless he’ll come for less than $1 million. I don’t see the Cubs signing this guy for any reason.

    • coachdon

      Schlitter has been great so far. He should be closing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another really bad outing for Edwin Jackson … and the book is not closed yet. Schlitter on in the fifth with two on and two down.

    • cubtex

      Throw this game down the Schlitter :)

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Jackson definitely flushed it down one.

      • GaryLeeT

        The nick names in school must have been endless. Hopefully one day, he can show them all up with a decent MLB career, and multimillion dollar payday .

    • Larry Schwimmer

      I agree Neil that this is another bad start for Jackson. One of the toughest thing for a GM to do is to not only “admit” he made a bad signing (as in Jackson’s case), but to do something about it. IMHO, what Theo should do – is insist that Jackson be the “long man” in the bullpen. He does not deserve to be a starter. I would give Grimm a chance. There is a reason why Jackson has been with so many teams. Only the Theo (with his bad judgment) was stupid enough to give him a 4 year contract. Who else was even talking to Jackson about a 3 year contract? If Theo wants to correct his mistake…he can make sure that Jackson earns his way back to the starting rotation. But to continue to pitch him every 5th day is denying the reality that Jackson is not a starter at this point in his career.

  • GaryLeeT

    Nice call by Renteria. Jackson’s pitch count was not very high, and it’s still fairly early, but he wasn’t going to let this game get away from him.

    • JasonPen

      He seems like he makes a lot of good decisions. Sveum on the other hand…

  • JasonPen

    Great play just now at 3B to get Marte!

  • JasonPen

    Excellent play by Castro!

  • Eugene Debs

    Good to see Edwin Jackson is in midseason form.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Here’s a positive comment for ya….

    Brian Schlitter has pitched very well thus far in 2014.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with another home run

    • JasonPen

      Hes finally locked in!

    • cubtex

      And just like that he is hitting over .300!

      • cubtex

        .321 Nice to see that number 3 in front of Castro’s average again!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Grimm….you got what you asked for.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good recovery by Grimm

  • GaryLeeT

    For us Blackhawk enthusiasts, I see the Blues are getting whacked at home by the Caps. Heading into the playoffs, is the best time to go into a tailspin, don’t you think?

  • Tom U

    An Exclusive for the CCO. Duane Underwood directly Tweeted me and said that he is in town and will be added to the Kane County Cougars roster.

    • Richard Hood

      wow that is about 3 months before I thought he would be there. I figured he would start off in Boise this year after EXTST.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo delivers … game tied at 6.

    • GaryLeeT

      THAT, was a professional hit.

    • Richard Hood

      I think that Pitt woke up Rizzo with all the HBP last time they got together.

  • texcubnut

    Rizzo!!!

    • brent carmona

      That’s what I’m talking about rizzo

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

    Rizzo with a hit off a lefty with RISP. Nice…

  • Eugene Debs

    Nice job on the sacrifice from Kalish. Big hit for Rizzo.

  • cubtex

    I like the sac bunt call. Glad to see Renteria using it and he didn’t even have a bunt contest in ST :) Rizzo is looking a hell of a lot better this early season. He’s going the other way more often and not trying to pull everything

    • GaryLeeT

      He’s been beating a shift by guiding the ball to where he wants it to go, a very good sign.

      • cubtex

        Yea. He is actually trying to go the other way which we didn’t see much of that last year.

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

      I like the way Renteria calls a game. Not afraid to make strategic calls.

      • cubtex

        At least you sense he is thinking about situations and doing what he feels gives the team the best chance

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

          In one week he’s made more risky but strategic calls than Sveum did in two seasons. Renteria is managing to win, I can support that.

          • cubtex

            Look at Castro and Rizzo as well. Good riddance to Sveum

      • JasonPen

        I hate it how he always seems to walk the batter with 1st base open. Its not always the best idea. Try pitching for a strikeout and if you get behind just pitch around the batter. It especially doesnt work when you walk the guy to set up the force… And then proceed to walk the next guy too to load the bases!

        You basically gave them that run on the sac-fly!

    • Tony_H

      Year 3, my friend, year 3.

      • cubtex

        He’s changing his approach. Has nothing to do with year.

        • Tony_H

          That is a part of being around a few years and having the experience and the ability to make changes in their approach.

  • Eugene Debs

    Team is showing a lot of fight tonight.

  • Tom U

    For those who are interested, Gerardo Concepcion was much better in his second appearance of the season. Concepcion pitched three scoreless innings for Kane County, allowing one hit and no walks with three strikeouts.

  • cubtex

    Strop will drive you nuts.

  • cubtex

    Load the bases without a hit!

  • GaryLeeT

    Russell is my 2nd least favorite arm out of the pen.

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

    Don’t like Russell being left in to face Martin at all.

    • GaryLeeT

      Or any right handed batter……period!

  • Tom U

    The Fort Wayne Tin Caps’ pitching coach is former Cub Burt Hooten

  • JasonPen

    Once again… Walking a guy for a lefty lefty matchup backfires… That strategy doesnt ever work if the lefty you bring in walks the guy! Now its bases loaded lefty vs eighty!

  • Eugene Debs

    I am predicting a Wellington Castillo dinger in the 8th.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Renteria ejected in the 9th inning

    First ejection in baseball all season.

    • JasonPen

      It was a ball, but I like the spot he picked to go out and argue. Hopefully it fires up the bats!

    • JasonPen

      Pinch hitter, then the top of the lineup!
      I’m smelling a walk-off win!

  • GaryLeeT

    And Veras puts a bit of a dent in that 16.20 ERA

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-6 to Pirates on Tuesday night … Edwin Jackson: 6R, 9H, 4BB (IBB), HBP, 4K, 4.2 IP (85
    pitches, 52 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 3-4, 2 HR, 4RBI; Emilio Bonifacio: 3-5,
    RBI, R, SB; Anthony Rizzo: 2-3, RBI, BB, R

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      great to see Castro and Rizzo at .300 or above…bodes well for rest of their seasons.

      and can’t believe Bonifacio is still raking like this…amazing.

      Want to see more of Olt, Lake, and Kalish. Let’s keep this youth movement going!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    still early…but really wishing we didn’t let Dioner Navarro sign elsewhere. Castillo feels very Geo Soto-ish to me…

    • Tony_H

      No one let Navarro sign elsewhere, he did it himself when he got a team to let him be the starter, something not many teams were offering and for good reason.

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

    You can’t stop the Cubs offense, only hope to contain them ;)