As we watched the Cubs lacking for a hit well into the territory in which you can say, “the Cubs are currently getting no-hit,” for the third consecutive day against the Pirates, it really didn’t seem like they had any shot of winning. Instead, it looked like the kind of day where you could say, “well, at least Edwin Jackson finally had his first great start.”

And he did. But then the Cubs came through late, Carlos Marmol pitched a great inning in relief, and Kevin Gregg got the save. Le what?

Jackson’s day was dominant, and the pitching staff recorded 12 strikeouts while walking just one. It was awesome. So was this guy …

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  • corey costello

    Jeff Baker was…….good?


    • Drew7

      Pretty much his entire career against LHP.

    • Brandon S

      Well Baker is having a great year right now…

      .329/.400/.697 with 8 HRs and 14 RBIs.

      Id say he is donig well in Texas.

  • corey costello

    when was Jeff Baker ……good?

  • caryatid62

    The Cubs are a top-10 team in baseball in terms of 3B OPS. That is all.

  • Die hard

    Castro line ugly

    • MichiganGoat

      oh joy… we now your daily game insight on Castro every bad game. Oh JOY!

      • DarthHater

        Come on, Goat, at least he’s factually accurate for once…

        • Die hard

          Darth defending me against Goat … The enemy of my enemy is my friend?

  • Kenster

    Hey check out Baker’s stats now lol.. you might not say that now. in his limited playing time i think he was hititng .300 last i checked and already hit 8 HRs with 4 in his last 10 games.

  • PaducahCubFan

    So, what is the current “flip list”?
    1. Feldman
    2. Gregg
    3. Schierholtz
    4. Ransom
    5. Villanueva

    • Kenster

      you can possibly add Navarro too

      • Kenster

        and dont forget DeJesus

        • nkniacc13

          maybe Garza and soriano

    • hansman1982

      1. Garza
      2. Soriano
      3. Feldman
      4. Barney
      5. DeJesus

      • hansman1982

        Shit, forgot Gregg, slot him after Feldman.

  • Mysterious4th

    Ahahahaha I had the same thought….Baker good? He had his moments. But, Ransom has been solid.

  • Kenster

    Also, I know Welington Castillo is young and should be getting more starts than Navarro, but I’m just saying with Navarro heating up and taking better ABs than Castillo do you think they might start giving him more and more starts in order to get other teams interested in him and try to squeeze out the best possible return they can manage out of another team?
    (longest sentence ever, btw)

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Yeah, I stopped reading after “…manage out of another…”

    • Rcleven

      Don’t think either would draw interest on their own.

    • CubsFaninMS

      I can’t imagine them putting Navarro on the list unless Clevenger comes back and proves he’s fully recovered from injury. As it stands, Navarro is our only backup catcher and we really have no solid options in the minors.

  • mudge

    I don’t think they’re looking to move Navarro. They don’t have a competent back-up without him. Valbuena might be a very attractive player if a contender’s third baseman goes down.

  • Pepitone’s Toupee

    Clevenger’s coming.

    • mudge

      right! forgot clevenger. still, thin. unless you trade for one.

      • kenster

        Ya in a lost season like this clevenger is fine and you can usually find a 3rd catcher somewhere

  • Coal

    Navarro had a pretty amazing throw to nail McCutchen late – probably biggest single play of the game after than Ransom’s dinger.

    • baldtaxguy

      Yes, that was a very nice throw to get McCutchen. I’m sure Navarro was as surprised as everyone that McCutchen would try and take a base in that situation, made that throw all the better.

  • Patrick G

    Impressive the Cubs took 7 walks today, miserable when only one of them scored

  • Cub Style

    Cody Ransom is now untouchable.

  • SirCub

    What’s with all this baker hate? Dude was really good… you know, when he was good.

    • Brett

      Yeah. I’m not sure what part of that was unclear. Baker was good when he was good.

  • Mike

    Jeff Baker is currently and has always been better than Cody Ransom.

  • Rizzo44

    Jeff Baker has 8 Homers in 76 AB.. hes still “good”

    • kenster

      My point exactly lol that’s what I said. Other than last season his few seasons before that weren’t as bad as people make it seem. Also plays more positions than ransom

  • http://Isa Voice of reason

    You know your team sucks when the big debate on the message board is who is better and the two choices are utility infielders.

    • wvcubsfan

      Well it would have to be really bad or really good. Most normal teams wouldn’t be too concerned with which journeyman utility infielder had 0.1 more career WAR.

  • Rich H

    Ransom and Baker are pretty similar. The key to both is giving them enough AB’s to keep them sharp but not so many as to over expose them. Winning teams always seem to have guys like this that just contribute every time they are in the line up. But lets be realistic neither is a key to winning clubs.

  • willis

    Great to get a win today, and Jackson was just outstanding. But, damn it’s hard to smile knowing what’s going on with Castro. He’ll get it figured out, but it’s tough to watch right now.

  • Bsteady

    He owed us that after getting picked off!

  • 5412


    Where the hell is Bryant when we need him.


  • Tim

    Does anybody know where Paul Blackburn and Duane underwood are and what they’re doing in the system now?

    • Brett

      We’re awaiting short season assignments this week. They might repeat rookie ball, or they might head to Boise. They’ve been playing in extended Spring Training.

      • Kyle

        There’s unofficially a “Boise group” and a “Arizona group” at EXST. Arizona Phil did a good job of keeping track of who was going where. IIRC, both were going to Boise.