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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)

versus

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

  • SirCub

    Ha. Wow. Jackson’s xFIP is actually better than Corbin’s. That’s awesome.

  • Jeff

    We are facing a lefty, we will suck today…just sayin

    Never seen a team that can suck so bad against lefties

    • SirCub

      With Soriano and Hairston starting to turn it around, I’m not so sure.

  • ruby2626

    Front office needs to get another righty plattoon OF. We know DeJesus and Shierholz are horrible against lefties, something tells me Sweeney and Borbon aren’t much better. 4 is too many lefty OF on a roster. Castro surprisingly at .213 for season against lefties and also Soriano surprisingly at .333, doesn’t seem that high. Hairston only at .145 in 55 at bats really has been the killer, he’s starting to improve however.

    • Kyle

      Still strongly dislike sending down Sappelt in favor of half-a-dozen lefty outfielders.

    • another JP

      Don’t need another right handed OF as much as we need to unload a lefty. With the acquisition of Sweeney, the Cubs should be looking to deal Schierholtz- Sweeney’s a better OBP guy and has played all positions in the OF. Conceivably the Cubs could deal our entire starting OF of Sori, DDJ, Schierholtz, replace them with Hairston, Sweeney, Bogusevic, and still not lose much in production.

  • cubmig

    I remain having a problem with Starlin Castro batting second. He’s not showing (and hasn’t shown) he’s asserting discipline (instinctive or perceptual) at the plate. I’m very o.k. with him being a free swinger, but even that must follow sound intuitive judgment.

    • Kyle

      I understand why they won’t, but I wouldn’t complain one bit if Castro and 3b or LF flipped in the batting order.

    • another JP

      Yup. Castro should be batting 7th and Valbuena 2nd- until the Cubs put the two best OBP guys at the top of the order the offense won’t be as productive as it could be.

      • Dynastyin2017

        Castro should be hitting 7th (at this point, anyway), but I can’t see Dale having his first three hitters lefthanders.

        • Kyle

          That’s actually a really good point. NM.

  • David

    The cubs have exactly zero guys batting above .270 starting today.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      BA isn’t everything, but it definitely matters. And that’s an “oof.”

    • KidCubbie

      I was just thinking the same thing.

  • Jeff

    This is why we suck so bad, thanks Bourbon, watch Jackson melt down now

  • Kyle

    Oh look, BABIP is flipping off Edwin Jackson again.

    • Jeff

      Jackson won’t make 5 innings today

  • Dynastyin2017

    You all can laugh all you want, but Jackson really doesn’t have ‘TWTW’.

    • Kyle

      I will laugh all I want.

      • Dynastyin2017

        Still laughing, Kyle?

        • Kyle

          Yes.

  • Ryan

    Ever since parra hit a hr against shark, the cubs have been scared to throw him strikes, it’s embarrassing, the guy is an average hitter at best and these guys are basically trying to pitch around him!

    • Beardface

      The first two innings have been embarrassing. Absolutely no excuse for those runs.

  • ruby2626

    Ump squeezing the heck out of Jackson. Seems like every borderline strike 3 that isn’t called a line single follows.

    Soriano is simply an embarrassment. A hit by pitch against Castro and a 4 pitch walk to Rizzo. The first pitch he takes for a ball and then helps out the struggling pitcher by going after 2 straight pitches just above the dirt.

    Navarro might be the worst catcher I’ve ever seen blocking pitches.

    • Jeff

      The Ump isn’t squeezing anything, Jackson plain sucks and isn’t making quality pitches.

      He’s pitching scared shitless, might as well bring up a AAA guy for that matter.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    I liked that bunt from Borbon, even if I didn’t like the flyball drop.

  • Jeff

    Edwin Jackson is the biggest waste of 14M and doesn’t make our front office look too bright.

    • Bric

      Agreed, the Cubs have done a really good job the last two years bringing in cheap, short contract vets (Feldman, Maholm, Newhouse) which was their plan to get the salaries back to manageable. As soon as they broke out their own strategy bad things happen. This is own they probably already wish they could have back.

  • Crockett

    Hairston has the worst RF arm I can remember. Holy crap.

  • Kyle

    I know it’s a broken record, but Jackson is getting destroyed by luck today. After groundball and medium-depth pop-fly is either perfectly placed or dropped by a fielder.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      In part: but EJax has also given up some walks. Really, getting outwalked is the one place where the Cubs have been a bad team, and EJax has not helped here.

      • SirCub

        And he hasn’t helped himself with any strikeouts really. He’s had some bad luck with balls falling in for hits, but I think he’s actually been pretty lucky as far as stranding base runners.

    • Jeff

      Jackson has more problems than bad luck. He’s not locating his fastball early in counts, he’s falling behind by trying to nipple outside the zone, he throws too many sliders, too many for balls and walks way to many batters.

      His pitch counts are too high, his performances will hurt the bullpen over the course of the season.

      Throw strikes and get ahead of hitters, patient hitting teams will wear his ass out, cause he’s pitching scared.

      • Scotti

        Always nipple inside, never nipple outside…

  • mudge

    Rizzo’s got to turn it up.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    Fairly certain it isn’t just me, but I have to ask: when you make a new comment and press submit, is it taking an inordinately long time for the comment/page to reload thereafter?

    • Kyle

      Test.

      • Kyle

        No, seems cool.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Oh, really? Well that’s interesting. So you click submit, and it reloads within a couple seconds? (For me, right now, it’s taking upwards of 10 seconds.)

          Can I ask browser info?

          • Kyle

            Google Chrome Version 27.0.1453.94 m

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Doesn’t seem to be browser-related for me, anyway – happening in all of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

              It timed out on me earlier today, but I’ve been fine lately.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                Although submitting that one took about 8-12 seconds.

          • Bric

            Yes, it’s about 10 seconds.

            • Bric

              I counted 14 Mississippis.

          • Rcleven

            Seems to be more of a flash player problem for me. Keeps crashing.
            Firefox 21.

            • Bric

              Zombie Apocalypse.

    • MichiganGoat

      Idk

      • MichiganGoat

        It was a little bit longer I just figured it was my 3G service

        • MichiganGoat

          iPhone on safari 3g

  • Jeff

    Kyle, that last pitch to Nieves wasn’t bad luck, it was bad pitching.

    • Kyle

      Those aren’t mutually exclusive.

      • Jeff

        Agreed, but if we were to judge Mr. Jackson by Lady Justice, are you arguing that the scale of bad luck would out weigh the scale of poor pitch selection???

        • Kyle

          Today? yes.

  • Jeff

    It looks like the only thing Navarro can catch if it was skipped to him is a rib, chicken leg or maybe a beer

  • Kyle

    I think I want two new catchers next year.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    HAIRSTON! Boo-yah, bail out Jackson!

  • mudge

    fascinating ballgame.

    • SirCub

      Baseball? Yea, it’s okay I guess.

  • Kyle

    Also, Platoons are the greatest thing in history and foo on everyone who doubted them.

    • Blublud

      Platoons don’t usually work, because they guys that platoon are usually not good players and the good players usually aren’t platooning.

      • Kyle

        Evidence?

  • Blublud

    I’m at a point where this fkin guy needs to go to the pen, or to the minors. Please take him out. JACKSON SUCKS

  • Jeff

    I love that Dale Sveum sits there in the dugout with that same stupid look on his face while his pitcher begins to unravel after hitting his pitch limits….what a sad excuse for a manager.

    Another can of corn Navarro can’t catch.

    • mudge

      It’s starting to be funny.

    • Blublud

      I agree. This is half Jackson’s fault, half Sveum’s fault. In fack, it more Sveum. Jackson should have never come back out in the 6th. This is where my fire sveum chant officislly begins.

  • RY34

    3 plus more years of this worthless shit, dude is worthless

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

    Kane County is also playing right now, and tied 2-2 in the top of the 8th. Almora is 1-2 with a BB. Vogelbach has a double and a HR. Both should get one more AB.

  • Kyle

    BIP hit, BIP hit, BIP hit, stupid IBB, BIP hit.

    • SirCub

      All on balls out in the middle of the plate, or elevated, that were very sharply hit. It’s bad luck that one of them wasn’t hit at somebody, but the BABIP on line drives is pretty high.

      • Kyle

        Fangraphs lists Jackson with 5 line drives allowed today, 19.2% of his balls in play.

        He gave up 17 ground balls and four fly balls.

        And yet 12 of those 26 BIP ended up as hits. That’s very unlucky. And you could see it during the game, too.

        Would it have been nice if a few of those five line drives went at fielders? Yes. But there were also a ton of ground balls and bloops.

        • Jeff

          Kyle, you can sit there all day long and say that a certain percentage of hits were bloopers and bad luck, but they wouldn’t be bad luck pitches if they weren’t hit in the first place. News Alert to Mr. Jackson: START MISSING BATS!!!!!

          • Kyle

            He has an 8.59 K/9 for the season.

        • SirCub

          Also would’ve been nice if he’d struck out more than 12% of the batters he faced. That would’ve helped matters a lot.

  • SirCub

    Talk about BABIP luck all you want, dude was getting shelled there.

    • Kyle

      I will, and he wasn’t.

      • wvcubsfan

        sure he was??, he was getting killed all day long, granted it was death by paper cut.

      • SirCub

        He was throwing hittable pitches, and they were hit hard. Some of them may not have been classified as line drives, but the last 4 hits he gave up were hit very hard.

        • Jeff

          His best pitch was his slider, but he didn’t use it effectively much of the game and Navarro couldn’t catch it half of the time, the rest of his pitch selection and choices was a complete mess. He looked like he absolutely had no game plan going out there and as usual as it is in most games, it didn’t appear that Sveum or Bosio have any ideas or clues to help him figure it out.

          We have the dumbest managerial staff in all of baseball!!!

    • Dynastyin2017

      SirCub, isn’t it funny how pitchers that get shelled have worse BABIP luck?

  • RY34

    Might wanna take him out now you stupid ass dale

  • Jeff

    Dale Sveum must hate Jackson and want him to hit a 7.00 era, what a sad excuse for a manager.

    He sits there and waits for it to go bad before he makes a move, this guy is no big league manager and has no business managing the Cubs.

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