Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 08/20/14

Game One Hundred Twenty-Six – Cubs (55-70) vs. Giants (65-59)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74/1.58/4.25) vs. Jake Peavy (1-3, 3.86/1.21/3.64)

Weather permitting … The Cubs and Giants will try to play a full nine innings tonight and with the final out coming within four hours after first pitch. The Giants were not happy with Tuesday’s outcome, for obvious reasons, and will look to get back on track behind Jake Peavy.

With the writing on the wall that Matt Cain would not be able to pitch again this season, the Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox on July 26 for Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar. Peavy has done his job in the short time with the Giants. The Cubs beat him at Fenway earlier this season and will shoot to hand Peavy another loss tonight.

The Cubs hand the ball to Edwin Jackson to extend the team’s winning streak to four games. The Cubs have not posted four straight victories since the end of June into the first week of July (June 30-July 2, July 4). Outside of the ugly game in Flushing last Saturday, the Cubs have played better ball of late and are 10-8 in August and 15-16 since the break.

Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson takes the hill tonight in search of a good outing. Jackson posted back-to-back quality starts before his last game against the Brewers. Jackson was not very good once again and was believed to have put his status in the rotation in jeopardy. Jackson gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. The Cubs were put in an early hole in another one of Jackson’s starts and could not dig out.

PrintWhat is very troublesome about Edwin Jackson is that he is seemingly getting worse every time out. Jackson is 1-3 in his last six starts with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP while teams have hit .307 against him.

Tonight is Jackson’s 14th start of the season at Wrigley. Jackson is 4-6 in the first 13 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP and he faces the Giants for the second time on the season.

Edwin Jackson lost to the Giants in late May after allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. For his career, Jackson is 2-3 in eight games, seven starts, against the Giants with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Giants Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

Jake Peavy has been more than serviceable in his short time with the Giants. Peavy is coming off an excellent outing against the White Sox in which he limited his old mates to one run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. Peavy has pitched into the sixth inning in each of his four starts back in the National League.

Peavy has allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 23 hits with eight walks and 15 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings in a Giants uniform.

The Cubs beat Peavy at the end of June at Fenway Park when he was still in the rotation of the World Champs. The Cubs scored two runs on five hits against Peavy in six innings while he walked two and struck out seven. Peavy was outpitched by Jake Arrieta.

Jake Peavy has been very good in his career against the Cubs (7-5 in 15 starts with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP) and at Wrigley Field (3-3 in eight starts with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP). If the Cubs make Peavy work, he might be able to hear his favorite song at the end of the night.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy

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  • Neil

    The Giants won the protest, the game that was called Wednesday morning will resume Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm CDT

    • DWalker

      Will the teams be allowed an extra pitcher as a double header? Any word on bringing someone up for Castro, since it seems like at minimum if he has to go home hes out a few days.

      • Neil

        By rule, they should not be able to. While I agree with the game being resumed, the rules were bent for the protest so the two teams could be allowed to add a player.

        As for Castro, it is unknown what the emergency is. He would have to be removed from the active roster in order for his spot to be filled.

    • triple

      While unfortunate for the cubs I do agree with that decision. And is it really surprising that MLB didn’t follow suit compared to how the Yankees game got handled? That and the major discrepancy happening with the catcher blocking home plate rule? I’d say the MLB front office is right on par with all their screwed up rulings on many issues this season.

  • Neil

    Starlin Castro has been scratched from tonight’s lineup due to a family emergency

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup

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

  • Larry Schwimmer

    I see that Jeff Samardzidja gave up 7 runs today in today’s 8-5 OAKLAND loss. (He’s now 3-3). He continues to be the talented bur highly inconsistent pitcher he was with the CUBS. But his performance with OAKLAND proves out why he was never worth the ridiculous amount of money he wanted — to remain a CUB. I’m so happy that the THEO gave him a fair offer (most likely $16 mil/yr for 5 or 6 years) and when Jeff passed, he said, “Fine…see
    ya!” and traded him for Russell and the other players in the deal.

    IMHO, I think Jeff is a greedy and egotistical guy who wanted to be paid based on a potential he’s never lived up to — instead of the reality of his performance. If you recall, he pitched well last season and then “caved” in the 2nd half of the season.

    But what bothered me the most about him was that (just before he was traded) he was on the radio telling people: “Personally, numbers and money don’t really drive me. What does drive me is protecting and setting up the players behind me, the future generations, so that I’m not signing any of these crummy early deals for seven or eight years.” (Unlike Castro and Rizzo who clearly took “crummy early deals.” :)

    That is the most hypocritical statement I’ve heard from a ballplayer in a long time. I would have had more respect for him if he had just been more truthful with a comment like: “I really want to play for a team in contention instead of waiting 2-3 years for the CUBS to contend.”

    • Vivid_Reality

      That was also the exact moment Shark took the last ounce of respect I had for him. Couldn’t have wished him shipped out any sooner!

      • Larry Schwimmer

        I agree 100% Vivid. Jeff got $10 mil for signing and did poorly almost from the start. He finally started pitching well in a relief roll. But he went to school to learn to pitch while on the CUBS. To me: He owes the CUBS something more than trivializing the contract offer that they made to CASTRO and RIZZO.

        The quote I referred to made me think that he thought CUB fans were stupid and unable to see through his really agenda.

        • J Daniel

          Agree with most of what was said except for when he initially came up. I thought he was good out of the pen in his first stint. They also bounced back and forth with him on what he was going to do as far as start or relieve.

          But IMO it will turn out to be a REALLY good trade for the Cubs and he had to go.

  • Neil

    Valaika with his first longball of the season, a two-run shot to left

    • Larry Schwimmer

      Yeaaah! I was waiting for Valaika to show some of his power because he hit some long balls in Spring Training! Good for him!

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    How much longer can you continue to start Jackson. Even though this year was over in April there clearly are other guys who should be getting a look.

    • Neil

      Based on the public comments made by the front office after his last outing, I would think one more until the roster expands unless they can talk Jackson in to going on the DL.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      I agree. The money has already been spent for Jackson. I would think that the CUBS would either send him to the bullpen or DFd him. The important point is that they should use the remaining time in the season to allow our better pitchers and prospects to pitch.

      I have a suspicion that THEO is hoping that if Jackson can have a couple of decent outings that he can make a deal for him with some desperate club in need of pitching. But at some point I hope THEO will just accept that Jackson’s presence is detrimental and taking valuable time away from pitchers who should take his place in the rotation.

  • GaryLeeT

    Went to the MLB scoreboard before I came hear, and instantly knew this game was a Jackson start.

  • Vivid_Reality

    We can’t afford to keep running Jackson out there every week. He needs to be demoted to long relief or have a mysterious calf strain. I think moving to a 6 man rotation in addition to that would be the right call as well. It allows Arrieta to take a breather without shutting him down and we could get looks at Turner, Straily, and Doubront in the rotation. Knowing if we have anything in those three will make some of the decisions easier in the offseason.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Levine: Source Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro may miss up to a week dealing with the death of a relative & three friends in car crash (Dominican)

    • John_CC

      That sucks. He should take his time.

      How does the bereavement list work?

      • Neil

        I hope it’s okay that I give you this link … he will have 3-7 days, if longer he would have to be placed on the restricted list

        • John_CC

          Why wouldnt it be okay?

          I’m sorry that we ask you so many tedious questions and not just looking for myself. I guess I assume you just know every rule! :)

          Thanks for the link. Considering that the restricted list isn’t a good option maybe they wait a day or two then put him on the bereavement list?

          • Neil

            You can ask all you want, I do my best to answer all of them. I did not want you to think I was just pushing you off.

            You’re more than welcome.

            With what is now a doubleheader, I don’t see how they can avoid making a roster move.

  • Neil

    Luis Luis with a solo home run … #11

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 8-3 to the Giants on Wednesday night … Edwin Jackson: 7R, 8H (HR), 2BB, 2 WP, 2K in 2.2 IP (61 pitches, 37 strikes)

    Valbuena: 3-4, HR, 3B, 2R; Valaika: 1-3, HR, 2RBI; Baez: 1-4; Rizzo: 1-4; Baker: 2-3