Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 07/24/14

Game One Hundred – Cubs (41-58) vs. Padres (44-56)

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

Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61/1.56/4.27) vs. Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70/1.17/3.26)

The Cubs play game No. 100 on their schedule tonight and will look to wrap up the series with a win over the Padres behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs and Friars not only finish the three-game series but tonight is the last game of the year against San Diego. The two teams have split the first six games (3-3) of the season series.

Rick Renteria needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson tonight. The Cubs bullpen has struggled of late due to the lack of innings from the starting staff. Carlos Villanueva will not be available after pitching two innings of Wednesday’s game after Tsuyoshi Wada could not complete five innings. If Jackson is ineffective but has a low pitch count, he might have to take one for the team.

The offense will face a big challenge in Tyson Ross. The Padres’ All-Star right hander has been lights out of late and has dominated lefties this season. With the way the roster is currently constructed, Ross will likely face a Cubs lineup that will have only one right handed bat in Starlin Castro. And that will figure into one of Ross’ strengths. Lefties have managed a .206/.298/.254 slash line while right handers have hit .249/.295/.337 against him.

The last game of the season against the Padres all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off one of his better outings of the season and received high praise from his manager on a night scouts were in the stands watching him pitch. Jackson allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Jackson did not issue a free pass for the first time since May 6 against the White Sox.

PrintJackson is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 7.29 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP, but has pitched better at Wrigley (4-3 in nine starts with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP) this year than on the road (1-7 in 11 starts with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP). Jackson faces the Padres for the second time this season tonight.

The Padres rocked Edwin Jackson when they faced him at PETCO on May 23. Right around the time rumors suggested Jackson could be traded, along with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, he really started struggling and has not been nearly as effective as he was from April 19 – May 17. For his career, Jackson is 0-5 in 11 games, nine starts, against the Padres with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

Tyson Ross is a very good pitcher on a not-so-good team, and Ross could be the best starter the Cubs have faced in a while. The offensively challenged Cubs are going to have their hands full tonight.

Ross is coming off a seven-inning, four-hit shutout performance over the Mets. Ross walked three and struck out six. Ross has pitched a shutout in two of his last four starts and has allowed a total of three earned runs in his last four outings.

Tyson Ross is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 0.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. In his last 29 innings, Ross has allowed three runs on 19 hits with four walks and 30 strikeouts. Ross makes his first start against the Cubs tonight, and second career appearance. Tyson Ross is 3-5 in 10 road starts with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Those that follow the no-hit streak should be concerned.

Nate Schierholtz (0-for-2 with a walk), John Baker (0-for-2), Starlin Castro (one walk) and Luis Valbuena (0-for-1) are the only players on the Cubs active roster that have faced Tyson Ross in a regular season big league ballgame.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Alcantara 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Coghlan LF
    Valbuena 3B
    Sweeney RF
    Baker C
    Jackson P

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      last time Cubs had 2 switch-hitters in their lineup, let alone at the 1-2 spots?

      Hmmm…Bowa was a switch hitter. Was Zambrano a switch hitter? I seem to remember one of our better pitchers was a switch hitter.

      I know I am missing some folks, but not a lot of Cubs switch hitters comes to mind.

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

    Tom and or Neil…

    Do you think Zagunis will be promoted soon? Is Marra one level up? If so I assume he’d need to be promoted too. Thoughts?

    With regard to Stinett. Why isn’t he in system yet? Don’t like how long he’s taking. I read yesterday were it said that there was plenty on twitter of him to follow in AZ. I kind of thought it had a negative connotation. Has he been out pulling his best Johnny Manziel impersonation or something? I may hve read too much into the statement, much like my wife likes to do ;). I’m intrigued by him and that he could potentially be in MLB in a couple years. Hope he’s got his head on straight?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would not be concerned about Stinnett. After he was drafted McLeod said that there was a strong chance he would not pitch that much in the system this year due to the innings and pitches he threw in college, especially after the 100+ pitch outing in his last start.

      As for Zagunis and Marra, I know Tom will weigh in, but right now both players would need catchers above them to be promoted.

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

        Thank you much sir.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re more than welcome

      • Tom U

        Exactly right Neil. Both Will Remillard and Cael Brockmeyer are playing well at Kane Co., but it doesn’t look like either will be promoted soon. Boise would have Mark Malave take over at catcher, but neither Tyler Pearson, Alberto Mineo, nor Tyler Alamo are ready in the AZL. That would leave Boise down to Danny Canela as a back-up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s I-Cubs lineup:

    Szczur – CF
    Jackson – LF
    Baez – 2B
    Bryant – 3B
    Soler – RF
    Valaika – SS
    Olt – 1B
    Lopez – C
    Jokisch – P

    • Cubs_8

      with Olt at 1st, Bryant at 3rd, Soler in RF, Vitters will be sharing time with Jackson in LF, right? Not much PT left to offer Jackson and Vitters anymore. Plus Kalish is there.

      • BigJonLilJon

        don’t see how Vitters or Jackson fit into future, nor need playing time

    • SuzyS

      Neil…How mught we watch/listen to the I Cubs?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        MiLB.tv is the only way I know of to watch the game. You can listen on the web for free if I remember correctly

        http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t451

        • SuzyS

          Thanks Neil.

        • BigJonLilJon

          thanks bro

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Hey Neil,
      who is the normal 1B that Olt is displacing?

      Also – Ruggiano hurt? Thanks!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Lars Anderson was sent down to Double-A, he was playing there the last few days. Vitters played first as well as Valaika this year.

        Ruggiano is dealing with a sore groin …

  • Tom U

    More movement in the minors:

    Infielder Chesny Young promoted to Kane Co. from Boise, while OF Charcer Burks and INF Bryant Flete go to Boise from the AZL Cubs. INF/OF David Bote assigned to Boise from Kane Co.

  • paulcatanese

    The one big improvement on the North Side this year that I see is the Ivy. It’s full, even along the top and just beautiful on the telecast of the games. Ricketts must have something to do with that. That’s the best I have seen it look in many a year.

    • SuzyS

      Paul, as a horticulturist, I can categorically say Ricketts has nothing to do with it…it is more a function of how wild the weather in Chicago has been this year….Sorry to burst your enthusiastic bubble!!! :-)

    • BigJonLilJon

      Who cares about the ivy?? Is this all we got??

      • paulcatanese

        Yep:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Jackson gives up two runs after two outs and the bases were empty

    • SuzyS

      He’d look really good in the Yankee’s rotation right now:-)

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        They’re trying to move him.

        • BigJonLilJon

          But no takers

  • GaryLeeT

    I see Samardzija (so far) is providing the As what they had hoped to get from him in the trade. Hammels? Not so much. I think the trade was essentially Samardzija for Russell, and McKinney anyway. What’s strange is the the As had somebody better than Hammel already in the rotation in Tommy Milone.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      it seems our sign-and-flip reclamations don’t do much after we unload them (Feldman, Hammel, Malholm).

      Good thing we appear to be just about done with the annual Summer sell-offs, as teams may start questioning the value of our flips!

      • GaryLeeT

        Bosio is the new Dave Duncan. Although he failed miserably with Jackson, where Duncan didn’t.

        • Bredstik

          When the Cardinals let him go, I thought that was telling since he did so well him them. Duncan must have known that what they got out of EJax wasn’t sustainable. Whereas with another mediocre pitcher who overachieved for them in Kyle Lohse, they kept him for several years until they were going to have to overpay to keep him.

      • BigJonLilJon

        so true

    • paulcatanese

      I get the A’s and Giants to watch almost every day on West coast Comcast, but rarely watch either. Watched the Sharks first start and Hammel’s, and you are right about Hammel. Think the A’s also sent a pitcher down with a good record. Had to be about the Shark, only.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jorge Soler takes a 4-pitch walk in his first Triple-A at bat

    • GaryLeeT

      With the bases empty? Wow he’s getting the roided Bonds treatment. Impressive.

      • Tom U

        Bryant on third as he reached on an error, stole second, and went to third on an error.

        • GaryLeeT

          Thanks, I see that now. Still, that’s a lot of respect, especially for the minors.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Will be up soon enough. On the 40 and no payroll issues. I think he’ll be just fine. Barring the injuries

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    John Baker with the Cubs first hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jorge Soler with a single to center in his second Triple-A
    at bat. Soler is 1-1 with a BB in 2 plate appearances

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler’s 1st AAA hit. Liner back up the box. https://vine.co/v/M07LuLEiHDU

    • GaryLeeT

      Even his singles produce a loud crack of the bat.

  • GaryLeeT

    Olt clears the loaded bases. Good for him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mike Olt doubled in three runs in his second at bat of the
    night. Olt is 1-2, 2B, 3RBI in 2 at bats

    • Rational Logic

      Hey @Theboardrider:disqus you ready to call him back up!? In all seriousness, I think you’re spot on with his abilities (clearly the FO agrees), however given the depth, I think Olt’s a case of too little too late – but not a bad piece – if he dominates AAA – in a trade for a big time arm. He’s clearly not a .250, 25 HR guy that many of us thought he would (not to say he can’t – but it won’t be with this club) but if he keeps it up maybe somebody else may think he is.

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

        I don’t think the book is closed on him by any means. I would t be a bit surprised to see him as a productive big leaguer at some point. Probably not with the Cubs but if he can take at AAA someone will likely want a chance to get him going in MLB.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez with a solo shot to left in the fifth inning.
    No. 17 on the year for Baez

  • Bredstik

    Once again the Cubs get EJax a run, and he gives it right back.

    • RynoTiger

      my secret spies at Wrigley have informed me that after that inning ended that Rizzo went into the clubhouse and smashed EJax’s boombox

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jorge Soler worked a walk in 3rd at bat after down 1-2 in
    the count. Soler saw 8 pitches, 1-1, R, 2BB in 3 plate appearances

    • Rational Logic

      I think it’s great that you’re reporting Soler’s AB’s on the big league team’s thread(s). And I mean that with 100% sincerity, thank you. I think everyone on here is more curious about those exact tweets and posts that about anything else. Keep up the great work. Here’s to one day seeing the same posts about Soler, Bryant, Baez, Russell, Almora, Schwarber, etc on the big league squad!

      • DWalker

        yeah, I am paying more attention to the blowout in IA than the one on tv.

  • GaryLeeT

    Rizzo leads the League in being hit by pitches he swung and missed. That pitch definitely hit his shoe.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwin Jackson has been lifted from the game in the sixth inning with an injury. Jackson and Cubs trainer P.J. Mainville were looking at his right hand

  • RynoTiger

    each time I see Schlitter..well…he just tends to look horrible

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Schlitter has been used way to much. Renteria likes him.

      They are going to have to use piggybacks. The starters are going to cause a lot of arm injuries to these relievers.

      • RynoTiger

        the french have a good phrase that could describe his performance…”he stinks”….well it’s not really french..but I think if a french person said it that it would sound cool

        • GaryLeeT

          If I had a last name like Schlitter, there is no way I would ever be horrible.

    • MN Cub

      I just don’t understand why a major league player can stand on a base defensively expecting a throw on a force out with both feet parallel shoulder width apart and then watch the ball short hop him and eat him up?!

      How about putting non glove foot on bag and extending glove hand out to maybe catch it clean before it eats you up?? Jon Baker disagrees I guess.I hate poor fundamentals when teams are already lacking in talent.

      Now that SD has batted around in the time it took me to post this it doesn’t matter too much. Did Steve Garvey just score?

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    that got out of hand quickly…

    • GaryLeeT

      Might I suggest that you Gameday the I Cubs instead?

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        3 starters on AAA lineup tonight that may be starters by May for big-league club next year.

        My guess is current Cubs roster has 4 starters now that will stick next year as starters: rizzo, castro, castillo, and Alcantara.

        Add in Baez, Bryant, and Soler, and you only have 1 starting spot open (saved for future use by Russell) that will probably be covered by a Coghlan or Valbuena type guy for 2015.

        Pretty amazing to think half your team worth watching is on a different field right now.

        • GaryLeeT

          On paper it looks good, but when you have that many young guys with a lot of them being rookies, all dumped onto the team at once, I worry about the lack of veteran and clubhouse presence. Especially when the growing pains come.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            over-rated I think…but I respect the logic. Ricky and the coaches are there to provide that leadership I feel, otherwise they are overpaid guys wearing uniforms for no apparent reason.

            Rizzo and Castro are young, but also with a couple years experience (and all-star cred) under their belts. I think the 4th OF and utility spots will be where we add veteran types or keep Ruggiano/Coghlan types.

            On the staff, a lot of young guys, and not sure Ejax is the ideal veteran mentor…so using some FA dollars that we have been rolling over for this offseason could yield 1 or 2 veteran pitchers.

          • GaryLeeT

            “over-rated I think…but I respect the logic.”

            OK convert me to your side by finding that all 28 and under team that won it all? They might obey their captain because they have to, but it’s the guys that have been in the trenches that are looked up to and respected the most. I think history has proven that the best teams have a blend of all types.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SFG/2012.shtml

            2012 SF Giants. I am guessing their success wasn’t due to the sage leadership of Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan, the only 2 guys over 30 that played regularly.

            and 3 of their SP were 28 and under.

          • GaryLeeT

            OK. So now the Cubs will have 3 or 4 more years to get to that point. And what about the pitching? SF had lots, and lots of great pitching.

          • Tony_H

            The Cubs won’t be an ALL 28 and under team next year.

            Not that all these guys will still be here but many could be. Next years age.

            Pitchers
            Arrieta 29
            E Jackson 31
            Russell 29
            Schlitter 29
            Strop 30
            Wright 30
            Fujikawa 35

            Batters
            Baker 34
            Valbuena 29
            Coghlan 30
            Ruggiano 33
            Sweeney 30

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

            True. But we’ve got depth. Plenty of other prospects to take spots . That’s the good thing now. We’ve got depth at every spot almost with project able guys.

  • Eugene Debs

    Looking good.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson left the game with cramping in his right hand

    • BigJonLilJon

      Probably a good thing

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Javier Baez with a 2-run single in the sixth. Baez 2-4, HR,
    3RBI in 4 at bats tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler grounded out to second in his fourth at bat tonight

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    ex-Cub update: Matt Garza is an enigma…guy goes 0.1 inning last start on my CCO fantasy team for a poor -14 showing, and follows that up with 8 inning gem so far tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Josh Vitters hit a 2-run homer in the 7th. Iowa is up 11-2 over New Orleans in the 8th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jim Bowden: Yankees & Padres discussing deal that would send Ian Kennedy to Yankees in exchange for Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin according to a source

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

    The past two nights are making Hendricks performance look that much more better.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      way more better…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Heyman: yankees are interested in kennedy but not in clarkin plus jagielo for kennedy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Heyman: theres nothing hot at all with kennedy and yankees at moment. theyd like a SP but no match to date on Ian K.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I-Cubs beat New Orleans 11-2 on Thursday night … Eric
    Jokisch picked up the win

    Baez: 2-5, HR, 3RBI; Bryant: 1-4, 2R, SB; Soler:
    1-3, R, 2BB; Olt: 2-5, 2B, 3RBI, 2R; Vitters: 1-1, HR, 2RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 13-3 to Padres on Thursday night … Edwin Jackson:
    5R, 4ER, 7H, 1 BB, 2 WP, 4K, 5+ IP (87 pitches, 54 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 2-4, RBI, BB; Arismendy Alcantara: 2-5, R, SB; Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, BB, 2R