Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/03/14

Game One Hundred Ten – Cubs (46-63) vs. Dodgers (63-48)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
  • Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79/1.59/4.25) vs. Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74/1.13/4.29)

The Cubs send Edwin Jackson to the hill for the finale of the three-game series with the Dodgers. The Cubs picked up a win behind Kyle Hendricks in the opener but could not string together any hits Saturday night in support of Tsuyoshi Wada. And turn to Jackson today in the rubber game.

Rick Renteria needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson. The bullpen is spent due to the lack of quality starts from the rotation and the three extra-inning games in five days. Carlos Villanueva should be available after throwing only one pitch in Saturday’s game and Chris Rusin should be able to provide Renteria with innings if Jackson struggles again. But Pedro Strop, Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter are probably unavailable today.

Monday is an off day, the Cubs only break in a 34-game stretch. The Cubs open a three-game series at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

Today all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson gets the start today in need of a good outing. Jackson is coming off a bad outing and a horrible month and if nothing else with the stretch of games coming up for the Cubs it would be good to see him complete at least six innings.

Jed Hoyer said Saturday that Edwin Jackson is in the middle of his worst stretch as a big league pitcher and they are trying to get him on track. Jackson is coming off an outing in which he topped the 100-pitch mark by the fourth inning and turned the game over to the bullpen. And that ended up being the longest game, in terms of time, in franchise history. Jackson allowed three runs on six hits in four innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

PrintEdwin Jackson has not completed at least six innings in a start since July 7 in Cincinnati and he finished July with a 0-3 record in six starts with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Jackson has allowed 25 runs on 40 hits with 14 walks and 23 strikeouts in 30 innings.

The Dodgers selected Edwin Jackson in the sixth round of the 2001 draft and he is 3-2 in six career starts against the organization that drafted him with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … last year, 0-1 in one start with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP (four runs, two earned on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings).

Dodgers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

The Cubs face an old nemesis in Josh Beckett today. Beckett is coming off back-to-back rough outings. The Braves scored four times on nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts against Beckett in 4 1/3 innings in his last start. And the Pirates knock Beckett out of the game after four runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Josh Beckett struggled almost as much as Edwin Jackson in July and he posted a 1-1 record in his last four starts with a 6.50 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. Beckett is 1-4 in 11 starts at Dodger Stadium with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP this season.

Josh Beckett is 1-3 in four career regular season starts against the Cubs with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP and he’s not faced the Cubs since August 28, 2005. Beckett lost 14-3 to Carlos Zambrano and a Cubs lineup that featured Derrek Lee, Jeromy Burnitz, Nomar Garciaparra, Todd Hollandsworth and Todd Walker.

Cubs Career Numbers against Josh Beckett

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup, without Starlin Castro:

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

    • John_CC

      A day off might do him good.

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  • Tony_H

    Coghlan just keeps impressing!

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

      I thought he could get form back but even the most rose colored pair of goggles (me I guess:) wouldn’t have seen this coming. The man is a really good baseball player.

      • Tony_H

        The best part is he is not a FA until 2017. He could be a nice player to fill an OF spot the next 2 years, likely a starter for now and eventually as a 4th OF.

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

          I think with an offseason of feeling good about himself and confidence. Coming back next year building off this year. He’ll be what, 28? I think there is an above average chance he can go .300/15HR. Him, Castro, Rizzo, Alcantara, Castillo, Bryant, Soler, Baez. The last 3 are wild cards, but to me, that looks like a lineup that can win a bunch of games. If we can sign Lester or Price, I think we could easily compete for wild card berth next season.

          • Tony_H

            I never should have sent you that concentrated Cubbie Blue Kool-Aide without instructions! It may never wear off :)

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

            You don’t honestly think that if that’s our lineup and staff we wouldn’t be in the race? I mean there are some if’s in there but if they happen I think were over .500, and with that anything can happen?

          • Tony_H

            No, I think we could be competitive next year. It’s all the forecasts of stats, Coghhan?? 300/15 Wow that’s a projections.

            Also, he is 29 right now. You would never make it at the carnivals in the age guessing tent!

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

            I was almost going to go higher than that, but pulled back. I don’t think .300 and 15 is that much of a stretch at all. Shoot, he could pull that off this season if he stays hot and hits some bombs…

          • Tony_H

            He is nearing the end of a hot streak. I think his numbers are as high as they are going to go. Over a full season, I just don’t think he can do that. He might hit 15 HR’s, but he has never even hit 10 (he might get there this year though).

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

            I guess we’ll just agree to disagree on it. I think he’s reaching a level of play that he’s always been capable of and had in his ROY campaign. I believe he’ll sustain it for the next year or two as long as he doesn’t get hurt.

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

            I think we’re seeing the real Chris Coghlan…

          • Tony_H

            I agree I think he can be a productive player, but the numbers you are talking about are All-Star type and I don’t see it. But I would throw a 2 or even 3 year contract at him for $2-$3M/year just in case. Avoid arbitration with him for the next 2 years and if he does reach your predictions, he would be locked in at a very good rate.

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

            You said what I think I was really getting at. I think he is an all-star caliber player. I do believe that he is capable of that. I think it’s really who he is. He had success as a rookie, Had some position change issues, managerial changes, just a variety of successive factors that he didn’t handle certainly well. When confident, comfortable and healthy I think the guy we see right now is who he is. At 29 now, I could see him being that .300/15HR guy until he is 32 or so.

          • Tony_H

            I was going to say we should get his HOF speech ready, but figured you already had it done :)

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

            Not a HOF’er. Just an all-star caliber guy, when healthy and confident and comfortable…

  • Scott McMeekan

    Luis really chased that one.

  • Scott McMeekan

    That hurt. I think we’re going to need as many runs as we can possibly get.

    • Bredstik

      Needed to get more, especially since Jackson always gives any runs scored for him immediately back.

  • MN Cub

    I’m not sure who gives more dirty looks to umpires, Valbuena or Castillo?? Both feel like they’ve earned a Joe Mauer zone. I don’t like it.

  • Scott McMeekan

    Jackson looking like his typical terrible self.

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

      Spoke too soon there ;))). Surprised te heck outta me. I would has posted your comment before first pitch! We need innings from a starter but I’ll feel better when he turns it over to the BP.

  • Scott McMeekan

    wow great effort there…Puig looks lame?

  • Scott McMeekan

    Oh boy. This is really getting ugly early. Board, we need ya bro!

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

      I’m here! I sent positive voodoo through the screen man!

  • GaryLeeT

    So Jackson isn’t going to even change it up a little, and surprise us with a 2nd inning implosion instead of a1st?

    • Scott McMeekan

      Haha. With the DP he’s all set for inning number two…

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

    Chesny Young with another good game. And Catarini 2-5!

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

    Man, there is a lot of Kid Rock in the commercials on WGN during games…

    • Bredstik

      Better than that Bud Light Margarita commercial that they showed over and over and over the other night in that 16 inning game…

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

        True Dat! I miss “I’m a Cubs fan, and I’m a Bud man…”

        • Bredstik

          “Holy Cow! We’ll win the series before we’re through…Cub fans this Bud’s for you!”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a play by Alcantara

    • Bredstik

      As much as I liked Barney’s glove at 2B, he never would have made that play.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed

  • Bredstik

    I feel like there’s a ball like that over Coghlan’s head in LF every single game. Bad route to the ball, bad jump. I know he’s hitting but he doesn’t look comfortable in LF to me.

  • MN Cub

    Coughlan, put the glasses on! I’m sure Edwin appreciates getting top of order instead of pitcher leading off 3rd!

  • BillyFinT

    I just read that Jim Thome retired. The former Chicago Suckie and brilliant Clevelander was the best disciplined AND pure power hitter of my generation. Always a pleasing and fan-friendly guy, Thome is one of my few favorite players, which includes Ernie Banks. I had the priviledge of watching him play at US Cell. few years ago.

    The sabermetric concept of T.T.O has no better interpreter than the beautiful swings of Thomey and his 22 years of excellency. Here are a few comments on his career from baseball researcher Bill James last year:

    http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131123/NEWS/131129752/11132/NEWS

    • John_CC

      He was still playing?

      • Tony_H

        Hadn’t played MLB since 2012.

      • BillyFinT

        He signed an honorary contract with the Cleveland Indians then officially retired a day plus a few hours ago.

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

      Well said! He was a great pro and I hope gets the call…

  • Tony_H

    2 Run HR for Coghlan after a 2B by EJAX!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Coghlan with a 2-run shot, #6 on the season

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez with No. 22, a solo shot in the first inning. Russell homered earlier.

  • Tony_H

    Nice outing by EJAX! 6 IP 7 H 0 BB 6 K 2 ER

    • Tony_H

      Didn’t think that would happen after Hendricks and Wada both pitched so well. Thought the Dodgers would hit EJAX.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a play by Rizzo …

  • BillyFinT

    “Castro the Wonder Kid.”–Vin Scully.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a two-run pinch-hit single

  • GaryLeeT

    I can understand why League is having a hard time. It must be pretty tough to concentrate with a face full of gnats buzzing around.

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

    Russell with another longball! He’s really pushing for Iowa.

    Almora had no hits, no BB and scored 3 runs. Guess a couple fielders choice’s got him on base? Or a dropped 3rd strike?

    • John_CC

      It could work out quite nicely, Baez will get called up before September 1 I think and Russell will fill his slot in Iowa.

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

        I think that’s the scenario too…

  • BillyFinT

    That was a bad play by Rizzo.

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

      The RBI? The high throw?

      • BillyFinT

        Miscatch. Bloop.

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

    Seems like Gleyber Torres is really excelling in Arizona, Eloy having more trouble adjusting. There has to be a lot of factors in guys like that who are new to the US and don’t speak English. I could see a huge part of the success or lack thereof right now simply being how comfortable they are here. Gleyber could be really enjoying it and feeling at home, where Eloy is missing his family and not progressing as fast where that’s concerned.

    I look forward to both of them next season after they’ve gone through a full year of living here and of pro ball. I’d imagine next season would be when both can start just playing baseball and letting their natural ability shine. Rather than having a million things going on in their heads and lives. Shoot, they are both just 17 years old! When I was 17 I was living at my parents and ditching english to engage in elicit activities! Couldn’t imagine what it’s like.

    That would be a really interesting article. About the process for a new foreign player signed by the Cubs. Especially a 16 or 17 year old. Do they get assigned a surrogate family or just live in a dorm with all the other players? Who teaches them about bank accounts and expenses and how to order food at a restaurant? Got to be a ton of support and logistical stuff that goes on in Arizona for the young guys.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis with #10

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

    Luis, Luis!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Dodgers 7-3 on Sunday afternoon … Edwin Jackson: 2R, 7H, 0BB, 6K, 6IP (104 pitches, 63 strikes)

    Coghlan: 2-3, HR, 2B, 2BB, 2R, 2RBI; Castro: 1-1, 2RBI; Rizzo: 1-4, 2B, RBI; Valbuena: 1-3, HR, 2BB; Jackson: 2-2, 2B, R

    • Scott McMeekan

      Wow, had to make a Mexican Feast for my family and only caught the 9th! Great game for EJax!

  • Craig York

    I’ve been patient but I think Baez, is ready now. Two more homers tonight!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      And a walk.

      • Craig York

        Thanks Neil! Failed to see that when I checked the box score.