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Edwin Jackson put together what was his best start in a Cubs uniform, and he did it against the Cardinals. That’s just swell.

Starlin Castro had three hits, and Anthony Rizzo did some damage. It was a nice night for “the core,” and hopefully a glimpse into what things will be like in years to come.

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  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Can’t wait for these games to be for the division again.

    • hansman1982

      Yes, when we can piss pound them out of the divisional race as we storm to the top.

    • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

      [img]http://24.media.tumblr.com/620221e6241a296537193740d4466954/tumblr_mpt1a57s5f1qg6htao1_500.jpg[/img]

      • DarthHater

        Very impressive.

      • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

        From a good Cubs tumblr

        http://bleacherbummed.tumblr.com/

      • Dylan

        You’re welcome guys. I just had to throw this together, haha

  • hansman1982

    Castro starting to rebound, been looking much better in July.

    • Whiteflag

      He sucks. No belly-fire.

      • DarthHater

        You’re quite the Negative Nancy lately… :-P

    • Jeffrey Wilson

      Yeah, Huge Rebound: .275 With 2 Extra Base Hits, 2BBs. I’m Thoroughly Impressed. But, I Hope You’re Right. Sorry About The Caps.

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        I believe that hansman said “starting to rebound”, which to my mind (and I agree with him) that, watching his at bats recently, he’s been looking a bit better. Hopefully it’s the start of a rebound.

        I don’t see anything in his post that declares Castro has rebounded, or much less, as you sarcastically (always a sign of sophisticated internet commentary – oh crap I just did it) put it, has had a “huge rebound”.

        I’m mostly annoyed with your response because I, like hansman, think I detect in the last few games a more relaxed Castro at the plate and perhaps in the field. I think Castro needs to be loose and “not thinking” when he plays (which is different from paying attention). I’m hoping someone has told him to forget everything they’ve being trying to get him to think about and just go out and play, and that we are starting to see the “old” Castro coming back.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Or, what he has been thinking about while playing is now becoming second nature to him and he doesn’t have to think about it. That would be even better.

          • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

            Yes it would!

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Castro did well today.

  • LWeb23

    Didn’t see the game but sounds like a “Oh noooo, here we go” type of 9th inning. Gregg with a walk and an error on a “missed catch”??

    • hansman1982

      Ya, he was rushing the catch at first (Rizzo with an amazing diving stop) and didn’t open his glove open enough.

    • Funn Dave

      Good thing you didn’t see the eighth, either.

      • LWeb23

        yea lol. 3 pitchers for 3 outs?

    • Mvandy524

      Eighth was a little shakey but the pitching changes were based on matchups not performance. Also Gregg did let a few on but you never got the sense he was gonna lose it. His stuff was pretty good tonight

  • A.J.

    A Cardinal beatin’ is always a good thing; the core doing awesome is just the cherry topper.

  • Mr. B. Patient

    And in other news:

    Gallardo is pitching great tonight (dang)

    Arizona is looking like they REALLY need a good pitcher. (yeah)

    Yasiel Puig is hitting under .400 (the bum!).

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Oh, I know it’s only in the Arizona League, but Juan Paniagua 3 IP, 0 R, 4 k. Welcome to America, sir!

      • Deacon

        Given his history can we call Paniagua the player to be named later??

        • HackAttack

          Don’t forget to tip your waiters and waitresses.

    • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

      Gallardo wasn’t that great, 3 earned in 6 ip.

  • Jon

    The Core is playing in Geneva and Tennessee right now.

  • hansman1982

    Cards post-game showing more of Matheny’s hissy fit. Bordered around the Adams called third strike.

    Whiney babies.

    • ssckelley

      It was a good pitch.

      • hansman1982

        Ya, with 2 strikes you DO NOT take that pitch and you certainly do not throw a temper tantrum afterwards.

        • willis

          Is that what Matheny was pissing about? He went ballistic. Entertaining at least.

          BTW, f off Cardinals.

          • DarthHater

            Take a nap, morans! :-P

          • hansman1982

            It sounds like he was more pissed the ump shooed Adams off the field after the call.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I was kind of surprised that Matheny waited until the Soriano catch to the end the game to go after an umpire so hard he had to be restrained and bodily dragged away. He had plenty of much more realistic chances to go ballistic before that.

      • Seth

        I think it was just the icing on the cake for him. Probably just can’t stand to lose.

      • hansman1982

        Apparently Adams got ejected for arguing that strike. Matheny jawed at him the rest of the inning and then went ballistic after the game.

        Sounds like Matheny was protecting Adams.

        Cards post-game showed replay of the ump…he shooed Adams off the field.

        THAT.IS.AWESOME.

        Now the Cards post-game crew is saying that Adams would kick the umps ass.

        • DarthHater

          Oh, yeah? Well let us describe for you what the Wrigley Field coyotes do to rally squirrels…

  • Jon

    btw who was that bum of an ump behind home tonight? He was squeezing the Cubs big time.

  • Tennessee Cub

    E JAX looked AWESOME tonight….his ball had a lot of sink to it, wish he could pitch like that more often.. Does anybody think that we will sign some free agents that could helps us win now in order to bridge the gap to the minor league talent that is coming? If we keep Shark, Garza, E JaX, Wood, and sign a free agent as well as get an offensive 2nd baseman, and a lil more pop in the outfield and a better bull pen…we can win now

    • MoneyBoy

      Scott Baker

  • ScottK

    I think the Cards are going to crash at some point – not like down to .500, but fighting for the playoffs by the end. Hitting has always been streaky and there are too many anomalies happening there. It’s also weird to me that they only have 3 pitchers over 100 innings by ASB and then it drops to 75 and then 55. Then again it’s the Cardinals – they could take 9 random DFAs and turn them into all-stars for the seasons they are in Stl.

    Anyone know how tough their schedule is in the second half?

  • HackAttack

    Some guy named Brett Taylor is coming up on the Score 670 AM Chicago in moments. Nah, probably not the same guy.

    • hansman1982

      Couldn’t be, he’s too busy tweeting about being on the Score…

      Brett Taylor ‏@BleacherNation 12m
      Gonna be on AM 670 the Score in about 10 minutes. Tune in or listen online: http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/670-the-score … Hot renovation action!

      • cubchymyst

        The most informative thing of that whole piece was that Sharknado is being replayed at midnight. Definitely recording it to watch later.

  • willis

    How good was EJax tonight? I asked for it and we got it. What an amazing performance from him. Hell on the Cards broadcast (kill myself) he was the player of the game. And trust me with those homers, that’s a hell of an honor. He was just dominating. So great to see.

    Great win.

    • DarthHater

      Okay, everybody thank Willis for this win!

      • hansman1982

        Geez, if he didn’t spend so much time whining about the Cubs and more time asking for good performances, we’d be above .500.

        • willis

          Worst thing about that comment, well saddest, is that they could be as well as they have played. Makes me a little ill thinking about the games blown.

          But tonight, we’re all smiles.

      • willis

        HAHAHA, I did say in the pregamin’ here’s to EJax being awesome. My best wishes worked dammit!

        I’ll do the same for Villanueva tomorrow afternoon. No worries.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Better specify which one. Otherwise the Cubs might get shelled while the other C. Villanueva hits 6 grand slams in a single game for the Smokies.

          • willis

            Well, I’ll be at the DH tomorrow in Jackson, so if he did that…I’d be ok seeing it :) 6 grandies in a double header, tough but not impossible.

            I’ll give my best to both.

  • hansman1982

    Holliday has a “tight hamstring”. Please let this be a 60-day DL thing.

    • willis

      Or death.

  • Whiteflag

    Brett sounds so smart. :)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha, well thanks. I tried not to pontificate on politics too much, because it’s not my expertise. Hopefully I didn’t say anything that turns out to be stupid.

      • HackAttack

        Like recommending Sharknado?

        • King Jeff

          Don’t knock it, until you watch it along with a bunch of people on twitter.

      • Whiteflag

        Didn’t sound like it to me, but then again I’m not an expert in politics. You sounded really natural. It’s been awesome watching this website grow. Good to see hard work pay off and dreams workout.

      • DarthHater

        You mean you didn’t spend half the time talking about Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and your health? :-P

  • Ivy Walls

    Cubs again 8 games below see-level AKA .500, like to see them end ASB at 7 games which would mean they are playing .500 ball since April 21-22….cut

  • Jon

    Baez really struggling in AA. Anyone else think they rushed that promotion?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Players often take time to adjust when first bumped up a level, and the jump to Double A is the roughest in the game. This is normal. I doubt the Cubs are concerned yet.

      • hansman1982

        We are talking about 20-ish AB. Once we hit 100 we can start looking at K rates and see if he is overmatched or just damn unlucky.

        • willis

          Right, he’s facing a whole new level of talent. Nothing like he’s every seen. Reports are he’s hitting the ball hard and his talent will take over eventually. But it will be rough for awhile.

          Saying that, this was a needed promotion. He needs to be challenged and firm his approach out. He’ll be more than fine.

          Saying that he’ll go 0-6 with 5 Ks tomorrow, but at least I’ll see Villanueva hit 6 grand slams.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Yes…but he’ll figure it out (said with fingers crossed).

    • AlwaysNextYear

      Good points AA is really the level where you face the most obstacles and players tend to start off slow but he will pick it up. He is very young still to be in AA

    • Josh

      Miguel sano isn’t exactly tearing up AA either. Just give him some time…..it may take until next season, but he is cutting his teeth right now.

  • willis

    Speaking of good, Cabrera with another great start tonight. 7 IP 3H 1BB 3K.

  • http://JUICEDMOTORSPORTS.COM JUICED1

    Cabera looked good for AA and Johnson looked good again for Daytona. Wonder if he might start the season in AA next year.

    • willis

      I don’t think there’s any doubt if he keeps mowing guys down he’ll be in AA next season.

  • another JP

    Shark with a real clunker last night but EJax certainly redeemed himself and the Cubs tonight against the Cards. Bullpen all came through and what about the minor league pitching?!… Cabrera, Zych, Rosscup, Johnson, Paniagua with great performances. Awesome day all around.

    • DocShock

      Cabrera was good but to dominant, many hard hit balls and one great outfield play saved him. Lots of groundball outs though. Zych was dominant. Rosscup struggled, going 3 ball counts several times and bailed out b poor batting by Generals. Was a game tonight. Baez struggled but his one hit sounded so different than the other guys hits.

      • DocShock

        *not too dominate
        *bailed out by poor batting of Generals
        *was at game tonight

        Need an edit button

  • bryan

    what are castros july stats? seems like he is slowly working out of that slump. Good for him, he is gonna be very important when we win the Series

    • Billy boycott

      Yeah no doubt, winning a 4 game set against the Cards is never easy, even at Wrigley.. Tonights win was a great start though!

      • bryan

        I was talking about the world series were gonna win. im gonna guess ’16. I have a 500$ bet with my roommate that the cubs will win in the next 5 years. This year is the first… so im really REALLY hoping they win it soon hahah

  • dave neeley

    We can make the playoffs this year, with this team! We need 1 starter a&some relief help. Rizzo, Barney & Castro are coming around. Soriano is carrying us on his back as the face of the Cubs. DeJesus & Sweeney are retuning.
    Please Theo LET THEM PLAY !

  • AlwaysNextYear

    Really liking the way the bullpen is being put together right now. If we can go into next season with Russell, Strop, Parker and Villanueva that’s a really good start and who ever is given the closer role could make that a really good group for the season.

  • bryan

    I think Vizcaino is gonna be the closer of the future. he is as tough as a china doll but has some incredible stuff.
    Question: Who of these four is going to be the best pro?
    Hendricks, Cabrera, Johnson, Paniagua

    My opinion is Hendricks.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Right now I’d rank them:

      Johnson, Paniagua, Cabrera, Hendricks

      But it is awfully early for this. That list is defensible in just about any order.

  • AlwaysNextYear

    Can’t answer that it’s to soon to guess. If I was a betting man I would say Johnson

  • Adam

    Beginning to think Cubs should stiff teams at the deadline and make them give up a draft pick to sign Garza. Of the teams with the 10 worst records in baseball, only San Francisco would be a real threat to sign Garza. Also, its pretty crazy to think at this point, this team is a shouldn’t have kept Carlos Marmol away from being .500 in the toughest division in baseball.

  • cubsin

    Adam, it doesn’t matter to the Cubs which team signs Garza if he signs as a free agent as a Cub. They’d receive draft slot #32 (assuming Toronto doesn’t sign their #1 pick and Garza is the top free agent). Under the new CBA, the team losing a free agent gets a supplemental first round pick before the “competitive” picks for the smaller franchises. Only the team signing the free agent is impacted by whether or not they have a top 10 pick.

  • sven-erik312

    Great win last night. Yeah, a 4 game sweep would be great but don’t loose tbis karma if they loose tomorrow. The Cubs have perhaps the best administration they have ever had, at least it’s the best since Dallas Green was GM. It would be great to see them get hot like the ’83 NC State NCAA basketball champs, but if it doesn’t happen, the future is looking good. What I worry about is if they can create a minor league system with good teaching that can sustain good baseball on the major league level with plus .500 seasons each year.

  • Tommy

    More walks the k’s. Love it.

    • MoneyBoy

      Sometimes the W’s and K’s has to do with the pitcher. Westbrook is a sinker ball pitcher who gets a lot of ground balls. He typically (I believe) pitches to contact.

      4 walks and 2 strikeouts is a bit out of the norm. 11/8 ground outs to fly outs. 7 hits, 1 for extra bases

  • BluBlud

    In his last 3 games, EJax has pitched 18.2 innings, giving up just 14 hits, 3BB, 4 Runs, a .944 Whip and and 1.94 ERA. Even more important, all Wins. Hopefully this means he’s coming around.

    • BluBlud

      1.98 ERA

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