wrigley field from right bleachersToday’s game is an opportunity for the Cubs to bounce back from last night’s ugly loss, and to still take this series against the first place Diamondbacks. Edwin Jackson will look to have the kind of start it looked like he was going to have against the White Sox last week when he was rained out, unfortunately.

Game Info

Arizona Diamondbacks (31-24) at Chicago Cubs (23-31), 1:20 CT on WGN.

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

Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71 ERA, 3.69 xFIP)


Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA, 3.67 xFIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Gerardo Parra, CF

2. Didi Gregorius, SS

3. Martin Prado, 3B

4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

5. Jason Kubel, LF

6. Cody Ross, RF

7. Will Nieves, C

8. Cliff Pennington, 2B

9. Patrick Corbin, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Julio Borbon, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Cody Ransom, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • Ryan

    Maybe we should also blame the front office for giving him the big contract, only big contract they have handed out to a free agent since they have taken over and it is to the possible worst starting pitcher in baseball!

    • wvcubsfan

      hyperbole much??

  • Ryan

    Numbers don’t lie, numbers say he is one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball this year! Will that change the rest of year? I hope so but i don’t know!

    • wvcubsfan

      Numbers lie all the time, it just depends on which ones you are looking at and how you try to twist them to match your point of view.

      • Ryan

        So what are numbers telling you about Edwin Jackson? That he’s good?!?!?! Please interpret his numbers some way to prove he hasn’t been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this year!

        • SirCub

          Above average rate of striking batters out. Above average rate of inducing ground balls. Above average rate of suppressing home runs.

          What he’s been really, really bad at, is stranding base runners.

        • Kyle

          He has a 3.73 xFIP for the season.

          • Jeff

            You guys with your newfangled statistics….here’s a statistic I can understand, He has a 6.29 era and hasn’t pitched past the 6th inning once, you know what those statistics tell me without even bothering to look to compare them to others??

            He sucks and hasn’t won many games…

            • SirCub

              Ha. What about strikeouts, home runs, and ground balls?

              Are those newfangled stats?

              • jt

                Wind was blowing in pretty hard today; no HR vs. Jackson.
                Seems to be a spring kind of thing. 5 given up in April-May.
                Around 20 is normal for him for 200 IP. He is now just under 60 IP.
                He is in the ballpark for that rate when the weather is considered.
                not counting today’s game he K’d 52 batters 10 of which were hitting in the 9 hole (mostly the pitcher). But more than that, guys are aware he his not hitting his spots and are forcing him to throw strikes thus going deeper into the count. A batter who is hitting deeper into the count will K more and he will walk more. Yes, his BB rate is also up.
                Ground balls can also be hit hard.
                I would guess that somewhere in fangraphs there will be an indication that Jackson still has good stuff but that his command sucks.

            • Kyle

              I believe you.

            • MichiganGoat

              Yup W/L the only stat that matters, it tells you everything. smh

  • Rebuilding

    Who cut off Rizzo’s pants?

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    What do we have to do to get Marmol DFA’d? It’s like nobody inside the Cubs’ organization is able to react to and comprehend the fact that he’s struggling.

    The guy can’t throw strikes. Ever. That alone should put him off the team.

    • Dynastyin2017

      At the very least, a 60 day DL stint should be in order.

      • Jeff

        I’d be okay with a 120 day DL trip, that way we wouldn’t have worry anymore…lol :)

        • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

          Meh that would put him back around September 1st. Maybe a 150 day trip.

          • Willie Smith

            just remember Marmol was traded for Haren; who was to be hurt. But, he has not missed a start since spring trianing. Jed can’t figure out injured players; baker, Vizcaino, Stewart, all hurt but we traded or signed them. Throw in Fujikawa who was hurt in spring training but they made him pitch to blow out his elbow and the injured-but-not-injured Haren and this seems to be a trend; not a few idle instances.

            Theo may be the best thing since sliced bread for some cubs fans; but with all the injured players plus 78M wasted on EJax, baker, stewart, vizcaino, Fujikawa, & Concepcion and I’m not seeing the bread sliced very well so far……….most like it’s been hacked to slices.

  • SirCub

    I really don’t like hearing these boo’s. I mean, I get it, but I don’t like it.

  • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

    Another thing to consider: how in the world did Marmol make it all the way through our minor league system, control problems and all, and not have his mechanics altered by any of our coaches?

    • wvcubsfan

      He was better at missing bats than most pitchers. Problem was that the league finally figured out if they didn’t swing he’d walk them.

      • SirCub

        Actually that’s not really it. Batters swing at more of his pitches now than they have at any other point in his career (and have much better contact rates). He simply just doesn’t throw as many pitches in the strike zone as he used to.

        It’s not really that the league has “figured him out.” That probably took about a week’s worth of scouting. He’s just not as good of a pitcher.

        • MichiganGoat

          His slider use to break and hit an outside corner regularly so batters had to swing at it now they sit and wait for the fastball- any spin = do not swing

          • SirCub

            He used to have borderline good control of his fastball, too. And he threw it a lot more than he does now.

  • Michael

    Do you think Jesse Biddle and Brody Colvin are reasonable for Garza?

  • Dynastyin2017

    Better news…
    Almora finished his day 3-4, 1BB.
    Baez and Soler with RBI singles in the first inning for Daytona.
    B Jax did NOT strike out today….

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    KC ends up winning 3-2 on a walk off walk by Rock Shoulders. Almora set up the game winner with a 1 out double. He ended the game 3-4 with a double, and a BB. Vogelbach ended up 2-4 with a double, homerun, and an IBB. Candelario also had a nice game going 3-5 with 3 singles.

    Daytona is also off to a nice start up 3-0 in the top of the 2nd. Baez and Soler both started off the game with RBI singles.

  • ruby2626

    First comment on Jackson, might help to throw a pitch at the knees or slightly below, way too many pitches right at the belt.

    Navarro is probably the worst defensive catcher I have ever seen as far as blocking balls. His technique is just awful. Just cause the guys been around a while is no excuse not to work with him. He just backhanded a ball right over the heart of the plate. Please team of supposed great coaching, try coaching this guy up a bit.

    • mudge

      This is a funny bullpen. One lefty, and nobody’s allowed to go more than an inning. Blake Parker did well in his, so even with an off day tomorrow we remove him so Marmol can concentrate on getting his WHIP up to two. Starters ideally go 9, relievers ideally go 1. Same basic body shape, etc. Don’t get it.

      • Dynastyin2017

        I can see the reasoning behind Parker. He threw yesterday, and didn’t have many back-to-back appearances in the minors, so no reason to burn him out in this game. On another note, the Cubs may want to get rid of Borbon and replacing him with another reliever. Apparently we need more than 7.

        • mudge

          What happened to the guy who can throw three or four innings to keep a game close?