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petco parkThe Cubs hopped a plane out West, and they’ll start a three-game set in San Diego tonight, with Edwin Jackson on the mound.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (54-73) at San Diego Padres (57-70), 9:10 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.

Due to travels, no Series Preview this time. Many apologies.

Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (7-13, 4.89 ERA, 3.59 FIP)

versus

Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.72 ERA, 4.05 FIP)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Will Venable, RF

2. Chris Denorfia, LF

3. Yonder Alonso, 1B

4. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

5. Chase Headley, 3B

6. Alexei Amarista, CF

7. Logan Forsythe, SS

8. Nick Hundley, C

9. Edinson Volquez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Starlin Castro, SS

2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

3. Dioner Navarro, C

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Junior Lake, CF

6. Donnie Murphy, 3B

7. Brian Bogusevic, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P

  • willis

    I love west coast baseball start times. Can go out grab dinner get half in the bag then settle in to watch the game. Lovely.

    • TWC

      You know what’s even better? Easy Coast day games. Nothing like a 10:15 AM start. Makes the workday just fly by.

      • willis

        True. Anything to help work go by. I’m central time so the games that start at 12 or 1 are perfect. Get your shit done in the morning, kick your feet up, pretend you’re working and follow the game in the afternoon. It’s lovely.

      • J.F.Edwards

        Amen. I love living in San Diego–baseball and coffee were supposed to go together.

        Also…EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUS!

        Thank you, Carlos V., for all things mustache plus the eephus pitch. You’re the official hipster of major league baseball.

  • Jason

    Living in Ohahu, NFL games started 6 a.m.

    • willis

      Whenever I’m in Vegas I get freaked out that I’m eating breakfast watching the NFL games. Not to mention I feel like I have to get cooked during the games so I’m against the wall by 3ish. Not good, because I end up at a table. I can’t imagine Hawaii.

  • willis

    LOL Edwards with 8 ks through 4 innings. Then was yanked. Watching his innings I’m sure but dude is a K machine.

  • Cheese Chad

    Baez with a strikeout. I mean he hit a homer and stole a base too, but they should probably send him back down until he longer k’s at all.

  • Corey

    Dejesus just made a great catch for the Rays. Glad to see him succeed for the Rays and than come back next season!

    http://mlb.mlb.com/shared/components/gameday/gdapp/release/R8/gdapp.jsp?gid=2013_08_23_nyamlb_tbamlb_1&mode=gameday&c_id=mlb&env=prod&

  • Josh

    Man I would give anything to see VOgelback steal a base in person

  • cub2014

    Spank you very much!

  • Jason P

    After the top of the first, Castro is on pace to go 0-18 this game… I know 6 run top of the first and I point out the only negative. I can’t help myself :).

    On a brighter note, Schierholtz has been incredible this year. Building our 2014 lineup will be a lot easier with him penciled in as our 4/5 hitter. I’m so glad we didn’t give him up for a fringe pitching prospect.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Encarnacion lighting up for Boise, 4-4, HR, 2B…time to pack your bags…might want to skip KC, though would like him to make a KC stop so I can see him there in person.

  • willis

    Edwin Jackson, lord have mercy.

    Get spotted a 6 run lead, you are supposed to protect it.

    • Jason P

      When we got him last offseason, he was supposed to, at a minimum, be an innings eater. Even if the ERA was low-to-mid 4′s, he was signed to consistently get through 7 innings.

      As of before this outing, he’s averaging fewer than 6 innings per start. Simply not acceptable.

  • ripitrizzo

    Donnie murphy looks like donnie walberg!

  • willis

    James Russell giving up a home run? That’s weird?

    He’s spent and hopefully gone soon.

  • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

    Damn why didn’t we pull the trigger on the first Garza/Russell deal to Texas? That deal was a lot better then the final garza trade. Included top SS prospect Sardinas for Russell!! I get why we didn’t bc of the questions about Neil Ramirez’s healthy but wow shoulda-woulda-coulda I bet theo and Jed are thinking. They completely overvalued James Russell

  • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

    Can’t we the cubs please higher Rudy jarimillio to be Castro’s personal hitting coach please? Don’t let Castro or jarimillio talk anyone else to give/recieve any hitting advice lol. I kid (kinda). I just don’t think rowson or deer fits the philosophy Castro needs to take to have any success. He never going to be a big OBP guy ever, just let the kid collect his close 200 hits and call if a day. He was a perfect fit for jarimillio’s aggressive mindset

  • willis

    It’s really unbelievable. A tied game, and the manager puts in a guy that has been lit up almost every one of his last appearances. He just won’t learn.

    Whenever the hell this team is ready to not lose 100 games, God willing there is another man at the helm.

  • willis

    Another loss on the mismanagement of the pitching staff. That’s probably 10-12 this year based on bad decisions.

    Arguably Russell is the worst arm in that pen, yet he continues to be put into critical situations. Insanity.

    • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

      I think Sveum does some great stuff (ex: defensive shifts) but his pitching management I can’t explain

      • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

        To be honest I think Sveum is just keeping the seat warm for another manager in 2015 when we’ll be good or hopefully beginning to contend and show signs of team that has life.

        My guess theo/Jed want to find their own joe madden. Guy who is great with veterans and veterans and they think make better decisions. I don’t think Sveum bad but I think he has some definite flaws

    • BT

      I’d guess no manager has cost his team 12 losses in one season possibly in the history of baseball.

      Players lose games. Players win games. Managers win or lose on the margins. Not on over 10 percent of the teams losses.

      • mjhurdle

        The HoF manager Whitey Herzog said at most managers effect 10 games a year +/-.
        Always cracks me up hearing people say “this manager has lost us X number of games this year!! OMG!!!’

  • Reality Check

    well……….jed and theo have wasted 80M on Jackson, stewart (twice), baker, fujikawa, concepcion kid, and 1/2 season on hairston. ouch! the Jackson move looks really bad….

    looks like dale quade is hell bent on making a run at 100 loses……..hope he has only a 3 yr lease in chitown.

    but………its all about the draft pick so its all good………

    • Losing makes u better 62-100 > 75-87

      Edwin Jackson isn’t a complete waste of money. If you tacked off $10M from his contract it be hell of a lot better looking and fair. But he hasn’t been great. I thinking he’ll have better seasons on the next 3 yrs that are left on the deal.

      They FO definitely overpaid for him but I think he still will bring value to the team but maybe just not this season

      • willis

        I do think EJax will come around and be a decent #5. But that’s not what he was signed for this offseason. He’s definitely been disappointing and I was on his bandwagon in the offseason. Wrong about that one.

        Saying that, Russell is over. He’s throwing batting practice every time he’s out there lately. Thankfully the Cubs have Rosscup and some other LH arms to fill BP spots next season and beyond. But they need to cut ties with Russell.

    • BWA

      Can’t blame them for fujikawa getting hurt and Hairsten netted us a pretty damn good prospect. Can’t complain about either of those deals. They also have been quite successful with their Feldman and Schierholtz signings.

      • Dustin S

        Agreed, the talent level on this team still has a long way to go…but people picking out the relatively few front office flops and bashing on that is grasping at straws. There have been far more hits than misses in front office moves.

        I do have to admit though that this part of the season through the next 5 weeks is pretty difficult to watch. It’s kind of a AAAA roster with the call-ups, and other teams also out of it will be doing the same. So while we say we’re taking a look at players for 2014, it’s sort of a skewed view. It’s easy to end up with Tyler Colvin/Matt Murton kind of guys that tear it up for a month against other AAAA rosters, so we pencil them in for the next year thinking they’ll do it for a whole season. But they can’t do it and by the time their stats return to Earth a couple months into the following season the team is kind of shafted. Many a Cub season has gone bad this way. So it’s made me a bit cautious about these late season looks.

  • Moises Canchola

    The Managing is bad, hitting is god awful and pitching is pretty good only to fall apart in mid to later innings. Russell is a really good pitcher but when you get thrown out there everyday which causes fatigue by the end of the season and since he isnt overpowering just means he will get hit like a punching bag. I think not hiring Sandberg was a totally bad move. He develops young guys well and now with Baez, Almora, Bryant, Soler and others i just hope Dale doesnt go mocking this up if he is even still here next year.

  • http://Jplgxk AlwaysNextYear

    Well good news is the team on the south side might pass us in the standings to move us to 3rd overall pick. And honestly Miami is not that far out of reach.

  • MichiganGoat

    What I feel like doing after waking up and seeing the box score
    [img]http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/395184/smashing-head-o.gif[/img]

    • RY

      This video is awesome and this team is nothing but a fucking disgrace. Great shit-job again Edwin, complete trash, cant wait til this season is over.

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