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nationals parkEdwin Jackson tries to win his first game with the Cubs, and he’ll do it at his old stomping grounds. Of course, with Jackson, you can say that about half the time he takes the ball on the road.

The Cubs get to face one of the two faces of the Nationals today, as Bryce Harper is still out with an ingrown toenail thing, but Stephen Strasburg gets the start.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (13-22) at Washington Nationals (20-15), 3:05 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (0-5, 6.39 ERA, 2.17 K/BB)

versus

Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.35 ERA, 3.38 K/BB)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Roger Bernadina, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Tyler Moore, LF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Stephen Strasburg, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • Cubes

    watch barney go 4-4 today and prove baseball makes no sense

  • cubmig

    Brett: any comment on Appel’s bad showing against Oregon? Does it mean anything in your opinion on his draft appeal for the Cubs?.

    • cjdubbya

      Small sample size?

      • cubmig

        Good impressions at draft time can’t afford showing weaknesses (even potential signals) that undermine the standing he’s established going in. I would think scouts seeing such a bad outing scratch their heads and wonder if they’re missing something in evaluating him.

        Just wondering.

        • Edwin

          I’m sure they’d take into consideration, but in the long run it’s just one start out of 41 that he’s made in his college career. Unless this bad start confirms a mechancial flaw, or something of that nature, I don’t think it moves the needle much on how the Cubs (or other teams) value Appel.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Considering that the Cubs have publicly stated their attendance at all of Appel and Gray’s starts, I’m guessing they had boots on the ground to see whether he showed any flaws or was just hit harder than usual.

  • DarthHater

    If you make it in the show, you can let your toenails grow as long as you want and the press’ll think you’re colorful.

    • jt

      are you selling sandals?

  • CBP

    If we want to win we have to score early on Strasburg. After the first inning he cruises the next 5.

    • cubmig

      My optimism knows no bounds. I say the Cubs win today’s game convincingly. How’s that for “pie-in-the-sky” thinking?

      • Kirbs414

        Haha ^^^

    • Patrick W.

      I think it is hilarious that 1) they scored 4 runs in the 5th and 2) they won convincingly.

    • arta

      did he win?

  • http://Isa Voice of reason

    The cubs have so many pieces to trade away this season that I would like to see them start making moves right now.

    For starters it’s tough to juggle three to six trades at the deadline.

    And, second, I want them to trade guys before they get injured.

    Villanueva makes sense for the angels who are struggling and obviously need a starter.

    Dejesus makes sense for a lot of teams including the royals who could use a veteran outfielder.

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      You know, call me nuts by I actually agree with you for once. Pretend this never happened.

    • MIkeL

      You might be right to say it is difficult to juggle 3 to 6 trades at the deadline but you are likely to get a lot more in return if you make the trade closer to the deadline.

      • Edwin

        Not always. If you make the trade at the deadline, the player traded will appear in less games with his new team. So in that sense, a player traded now has more value because he’ll be able to make a bigger impact with his new team.

        I think the players the Cubs are trying to trade are ok, but I don’t see them being valuable enough that a team feels they need to get into a bidding war. It’s not like a ton of teams are dying to add Carlos Villanueva to their roster.

    • Rich H

      You do realize that you can not move a signed Free Agent until they have been with the team 6 months right? June is the earliest that any of the pitching we signed on these flippable contracts can be moved.

  • Voice of Reason

    Dejesus is what he is. His value isn’t going up that much if at all. And I’d like to see more Bourbon.

    • DarthHater

      I think we all could use more Bourbon at this point.

  • Edwin

    My goal for today is for the Cubs to draw 4 or more walks.

    • Dynastyin2017

      How about 4 or more baserunners?

  • DarthHater

    Okay, come on, now Rizzo…

    • DarthHater

      Why the f___ would you run yourself out of an inning when you have a super-tough pitcher on the ropes and a runner on third? 😀🔫

  • DarthHater

    Woohoo!

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Nationals broadcasters are terrible. Biggest homers ever

  • Craig

    Is Valuenaba injured? They took him out after that awkward slide. Could this mean Ian Stewart will be back??? That could be fun on here if that happens

    • Rcleven

      Jambed right pinkie.

  • Greenroom

    At the game. Awesome! Go Cubs!

  • KidCubbie

    Why the hell is Sveum pulling Jackson with a 7 run lead? This makes no sense.

    • Rcleven

      Just had a 22 pitch inning and only one out.. 88 total.
      Good move to pull him.
      Bad move to bring in Camp.

    • DarthHater

      Hmmm. Maybe because he loaded the bases? Perhaps he was showing signs of tiring or said something that indicated it was time to take him out? There could be lots of valid reasons, so it’s pretty presumptuous to just assume that it makes no sense.

      • KidCubbie

        Its a 7 run lead and we have one of the worst bullpens. I’m sure there was a reason but his pitch count was low enough to leave him in. He was one DP ball away from getting out of it. Just saying it would have been nice to let him give out of it and stay out of the bullpen.

        • Rcleven

          Bull pen was inevitable. Jackson was gassed. One extra base hit scores three as much as waiting for the DP.
          Pen is bad but you were going to see them any way.

          • KidCubbie

            Yeah just wish we could prolong the agony.

  • DarthHater

    Going too long with Camp now?

  • DarthHater

    Wooohooo!

  • cubmig

    While the Cubs’ pitching was not without its worry moments, it did its job. It kept the Nats hitters in check. The Cubs had a lucky day for offense today and the pitching protected it to the end. Credit to Sveum for his managing the relief corps. All the pieces and decisions fell in place today for a “convincing” win.

  • Rcleven

    Well pitched game today. That includes the pen.

  • corey costello

    Well, now that jackson is starting to pitch well (I know, only 1 game) maybe the cubs should go with a man rotation?

    It’s good for two reasons, increased rest and you get to show off everyone that you wanna trade.

  • cas-castro

    The man rotation doesn’t work. They need 5 good starters. Just kidding. I think you meant to say 6 man rotation, which is not a good idea. You want your best pitcher to get at least. 32-35 starts.

    • corey costello

      I understand that, but in a down season, why not throw 6 out there? WE already know Jeff/wood aren’t going anywhere.

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