Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 06/14/14

Game Sixty-Six – Cubs (27-38) vs. Phillies (28-37)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.70/1.46/3.54) vs. David Buchanan (1-3, 6.08/1.35/4.56)

The Cubs will shoot to make it two wins in a row in Philly this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. If the Cubs can win one of the next two games, the Cubs will accomplish two things that have not been done in a while. The Cubs have not won a series on the road since last September in Cincinnati. And there has not been a Cubs team that won a three-game series in Philadelphia since 2001.

The offense is stuck in a rut and has scored runs in only one inning over the last two games (18 innings). After a 0-for-8 with RISP performance on Thursday night, the Cubs were 0-for-2 last night and over the last two games, the Cubs have left 11 men on base.

Rick Renteria has not been constructing his lineups lately based on numbers. If the Cubs’ skipper takes a look at the numbers, he will see right handers have hit .293/.317/.525 at the big league level against David Buchanan while lefties have managed a .275/.326/.326 slash line.

Today all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson had an Edwin Jackson outing his last time out. Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings to the Pirates. Jackson was very good and mediocre, once again, all in the same outing. Jackson is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Jackson has allowed eight runs, five earned, on 12 hits with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.

Like a majority of his teammates, Edwin Jackson has struggled outside of Wrigley this year. Jackson is 1-5 in seven road starts with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. And Jackson missed the Phillies earlier this year at Wrigley.

For his career, Edwin Jackson is 1-5 in six starts against the Phillies with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. At Citizens Bank Park, Jackson owns a 0-4 record in four career starts with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

The Cubs will get their first look at rookie right hander David Buchanan. Buchanan won his big league debut on May 24 after he held the Dodgers to two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in five innings. And he really struggled after his debut. Buchanan gave up four runs, three earned, in 6 2/3 innings to the Mets, seven runs on 10 hits in six innings to the Nationals and four runs on six hits to the Reds his last time out. Buchanan has limited the free passes to only four over his first four starts which has kept his lines from looking at lot worse.

The 25-year old right hander is 1-1 in two starts at Citizens Bank with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

David Buchanan was not on any of the Phillies’ prospect lists and no one on the Cubs’ active roster has faced him during a regular season big league game.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Lake CF
    Ruggiano LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 2B
    Schierholtz RF
    Olt 3B
    Whiteside C
    Jackson P

  • Tony_H

    As we approach trading season, we should look at what happens when we trade away a player about to be a free agent or has one year left. Let’s look at the pitching staff. We traded Sean Marshall, Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Matt Garza and Scott Feldman. If we had extended all of them instead, mlost likely 3 season, they would anchor our rotation today with Samardzija. Would this group have us a closer to the playoffs in 2014. I don’t think so.

    2014 stats
    Sean Marshall 15 gms – 14 IP – 7.71 ERA 2.50 WHIP
    Ryan Dempster – out of baseball
    Paul Maholm – 17 gms, 7 GS – 48.1 IP – 4.84 ERA – 1.697 WHIP
    Matt Garza – 14 GS – 86.1 IP – 4.17 ERA – 1.332 WHIP
    Scott Feldman – 11 GS – 61 IP – 3.98 ERA – 1.311 WHIP

    By not extending these guys, we received the following players back in return (FA year)

    Travis Wood (2017)
    Jake Arrieta (2018)
    Justin Grimm (2020)
    Neil Ramirez (2021)
    Pedro Strop (2018)
    Aroyds Vizcaino (2019)

    And in the minors with 6 full years of control.
    Kyle Hendricks, Christian Villanueva, CJ Edwards

    This seems like they have been very good moves, not only in the long term but even the first years.

    Also add in Hector Rondon as a cost controlled pitcher who isn’t a free agent until the 2019 season.

    So after we most likely see Samardzjia and Hammel traded, what will the return be and will either of these guys be one that we wish we had kept. If so, it may be the first we regret trading away.

    • triple

      I can just see the headline in the Chicago Tribune now…

      “Boy Wonder walks across Lake Michigan!”

    • GaryLeeT

      Wake me up when those guys make a difference, and the games matter.

      • Tony_H

        Does that mean you will stay away until then? Just asking.

        • GaryLeeT

          I am sure you would love it if only your point of view, or ones just like it, were the the only ones put forth.

          • Tony_H

            Yeah, I don’t love a good debate. I wish we all just agreed with each other.

          • GaryLeeT

            Like when someone suggests Ruggiano could hit 2nd? Great debating style. Insulting people, and making their eyes glaze over with endless Sabermetric statistics, is not my idea of a debate.

          • Tony_H

            Debating doesn’t work with someone who is using negative sarcasm every step of the way. Not sure about the insults either, not saying I haven’t had my bad day, but I take many more insults from you and others without giving any back over and over.

            Sorry, but I still don’t see Ruggiano as a 2 hole hitter.

          • GaryLeeT

            “Sorry, but I still don’t see Ruggiano as a 2 hole hitter.”
            Gee, if only Renteria, and I were as smart as you. <–Sarcasm
            Anyway, I use sarcasm, when I am trying to make light of a situation. I often use cynicism when referring to moves (or lack there of) made by the Cubs, or the lack of production from the players. I make no apologies for my cynical view, because it has been earned by devoting my loyalty, time, and hard earned money, to the losingest franchise in professional sports. And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, that losingest team is now breaking franchise records for losses in consecutive years. Sorry, but taking 5-7 years to rebuild a major market team is simply unacceptable, and us fans deserve better.

          • Tony_H

            We will never agree on much of how they are rebuilding this organization, but we should be able to agree that Theo and Jed have only been here 2 and 1/2 years. No one knows what the time frame until this team turns the corner and is at least competitive again (I think next year), but I don’t see where you get 5-7 years.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It’s a solo jOlt … #10

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Too many hanging breaking balls from Jackson today.

  • Tony_H

    Lake misplays that ball hit right at him in Centerfield from a single into a double (single and an error)

  • Tony_H

    Ruggiano with a solo shot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis with a solo homer

    • Tony_H

      That one was way up there! More height than distance I think.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson walks a rookie pitcher with no career hits on five pitches

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    There is #2235 for Rollins

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson gave up a 3-run shot to Brown and he’s pulled before he can complete five innings.

  • BosephHeyden

    At this point in time, is it safe to say the Cubs need to always score 8+ runs to win Edwin Jackson games?

    • Tony_H

      Not really

      Runs scored off of Jackson (not ER)
      2,6,4,2,3,4,1,3,0,8,2,4,4,7

      14 starts – 50 Runs – AVG 3.57

      • Tony_H

        In comparison, Justin Verlander has given up 55 runs in 14 starts

        3.93/Game

        • cubtex

          Good comparison. Verlander and EJax. Both are pretty similar and have has the same amount of success in this game. Most GM’s would have a hard time choosing one over the other.

          • Tony_H

            I am glad you wrote the words for the reason why I used Verlander, while being completely clueless that you were doing it.

    • GaryLeeT

      It just seems daunting. The Cub’s offense is so bad, it feels like there is very little chance they will score 5 or more runs, which is what’s needed to win in over half of his starts.

      • BosephHeyden

        I’m just really happy to see that at least one person didn’t try to create an unnecessary debate with stats. Edwin Jackson is bad, the offense is bad, and it’s not a good combination.

        Sincerely, thank you for getting it.

  • Tony_H

    Got to like making the pitcher dance on a line drive at his legs. Valbuena with another hit and 2nd RBI of the day.

  • Tony_H

    That is really close at 1B but I think Schierholtz was safe.

    • Tony_H

      We will soon have rules on what constitutes a catch in baseball. When is the time that the catch is made, as it sure seemed like that ball was still moving into Howard’s glove when Schierholtz touched the base.

      • Sonate

        I agree. However, I believe that if the ump called Schierholtz safe, that would have been upheld too. The evidence should be clear and convincing.

  • GaryLeeT

    Schierholtz has had many chances to do some damage in recent games, but has been brutally bad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to Phillies on Saturday afternoon … Edwin Jackson: 7R, 6ER, 8H (2 HR), 2BB, 2K, 4.2 IP (91 pitches, 56 strikes)

    Olt:1-4, HR; Valbuena: 2-4, HR, 2RBI; Ruggiano: 2-3, HR, BB; Rizzo: 2-4, R; Castro: 1-3, BB