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U.G.L.Y. You ain't got no right to cry. Pads 13 Cubs 7

U.G.L.Y. You ain't got no right to cry. Pads 13 Cubs 7

The Cubs bent over for the proverbial soap tonight as the Padres broke out for 17 hits and 13 runs as they defeated the Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson was truly awful as Padre batter after Padre batter just smacked his pitches all over the field. Jedd Gyorko got the Padres on the board  in the second with a double that scored two. The annoying Carlos Quentin would add one in the third. And the Padres would end it pretty much for good in the 5th Headly doubled, Quentin doubled, Yader Alonso homered. Kotsay walked Nick Hundley singled and when Pitcher Edison Volquez knocked in Kotsay, Jackson's night was done and basically so were the Cubs. The Cubs would get Home runs from Valbuena, and Castro, and later Dejesus, but it never felt like a rally. Especially with the Padres continuing to pile on runs, including a Home run by Nick Hundly that was going to single handedly level the BudWeiser building before it ran into a pole. Anyway, let's get this over and turn our heads and cough.

THE WORST IS NOT SO LONG AS WE CAN SAY, THIS IS THE WORST.

Edwin Jackson was a deep deep deep shade of awful tonight. Four and two third innings, 11 hits, eight runs all earned. He struck out six if that does anything for ya....yeah, me neither. Again the problem seems to be command. When he doesn't have it he gets wild and in order to get strikes he has to take something off. And by "something" I basically mean everything. Everyone was squaring him up. Dale tried to muscle him through the fifth with the bottom half of the order, but even they went Juggernaut on him. Just bad. Kameron Loe ran in circles for awhile. Then Hector Rondon came on and got some dirt kicked in his face too.

I WAS BORN TO RUN. I WAS BORN TO DREAM

Anthony Rizzo continues his rise up the batting average scale as he was a hitting machine. # for four tonight with two doubles and an RBI. Rizzo is hitting lefties as well as righties lately. The key now is to not be streaky and be more consistent. The way this kid works, I see that becoming a reality. 

THE POWER STATION

The Cubs hit three more home runs tonight. That gives them 27 for April. Pretty impressive when you consider their cleanup hitter only has one and the first two weeks were played in Ice Age conditions. It's the third most home runs in April by a Cubs team. It's not like you're going to turn them down. But some consistent hitting to go with the newfound power would really be a plus.

This one was over early. And I'd like to point to the Cubs still battling and getting 7 runs even though they were down 8-0 as a positive and an acknowledgement of a team that doesn't quit. And there's some truth to that. But when you pitch poorly and don't hit when it counts you're gonna get smacked. And that's just what the Cubs done did. Get smacked. Well, every team is due one of these so hopefully it's just one of those games. Andrew Cashner returns to Wrigley Field against Scott FELDMAN!!!!!!!!! What's the world got in store for us? Well Jeff Tweedy might know, but for the rest of us, we'll have to tune in. Until then.

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  • You always have great stuff! very accurate with a good change up and some curveballs, Wish I could say the same for Edwin Jackson...

    I still am having trouble to why the Cubs even signed this guy unless they thought they could end up bringing in prospects for him in a yr or 2 by flipping him. The guy is not a 37yr old journeyman, why has he now been on 8 teams?
    During his MLB career, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals.
    Doesn't that tell us something about how not one team has ever thought he was a Core part of a team? The Cubs have made great team friendly deals that I have loved, then they spend Big Money on a player who has been on more teams than a 40plus yr old journeyman. He will get strike outs and be a workhorse and eat innings(usually, hasn't even been able to do that for us) but he Always has that 1 inning! What a dumb signing, and I really like Edwin Jackson as a team player, really want to root for him, but C'Mon mannn. Cubs are just finally getting rid of their bad Big Contracts now we have this to deal w... SMH, I just wish he had better stuff more consistently, without that 1 bad inning, Like Felzz and John ;)

  • Ugly game from the pitchers, but this team has home run power. I wonder if Valbuena is a late bloomer too. He showed flashes of power in triple A and the winter league.

    I don't know how Jackson can be so hittable and have such great stuff at the same time. He's been striking out more than a batter per inning with a 55% ground ball rate. He's been choking with men on base and giving up the big inning.

  • I think Jackson was a knee jerk reaction to losing out on Sanchez. There is a reason he is so well traveled.

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    I wish we'd just sign Quentin already.

  • Re: the power surge this year:
    Bill James wrote in one his yearbooks a little less than 30 years ago, that the Cubs historically have undervalued their pitchers and overvalued their hitters (think Keith Moreland), due to playing in Wrigley. He also opined that for the Cubs to win (their NL East division, then) they had to lead the league in runs scored, and build their team with this in mind.
    A little food for thought ...

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    In reply to Jim Hickman:

    The great myth of Wrigley Field is that it's a hitters park. It is on certain days, but over the long haul, it hasn't been. The wind actually blows in more often than it blows out. However, recent front offices have bought into the myth and built the team entirely towards power at the expense of everything else. That myth has also affected the Cubs ability to attract good free agent pitchers. Perception is reality.

    Among the many things that Dallas Green doesn't get enough credit for is not buying into the myth. He tried to build teams that were well rounded, and in 1984, it showed. That team had power, but it was also capable of playing small ball when it needed to. Yes, they were second in the NL in HR, but the power was spread out pretty evenly. 6 players on that team hit 10 or more dingers, but not one hit more than 25. 5 players on that team had 10 or more SB, but none had more than 45.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    The '84 Cubs led the league in runs scored.
    I believe that historically Wrigley has been a good hitter's park, due to the extremely limited foul territory, short power alleys, good hitter's background and lots of day baseball. The wind giveth and taketh away.
    A check of Cub road hitting stats vs. home hitting stats over many years would reveal a strong difference favoring Wrigley. Pitching numbers, coincide too.
    If my memory on this is wrong, I'll confess error.

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    In reply to Jim Hickman:

    I would not disagree about the short power alleys and the limited foul territory. They are what they for all to see. As for the home/road splits, most teams, even those as historically pathetic as the Cubs, hit better at home than on the road, and lets be honest about the Cubs pitching staffs over the years. While the Cubs have had some good pitchers comes through, the staffs overall have been not been very good. Dominant pitching will overcome ballpark factors more times than not. As for my statement, when Wrigley gets talked about for those kinds of effects in the mainstream sports media, the factors you mentioned rarely get any coverage. It's almost always about the wind, and the wind factor is a myth for the most part. Like you said, it gives and it takes, but it takes more than it gives historically. However, that's not how it gets played by the press.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    What you say about the press is true.
    I would suggest the Cubs' biggest shortcoming over the last few decades has not been pitching; it's been offense.
    Briefly, I think previous Cub front offices (pre-Theo) looked at the overall BA, HR and RBI numbers and thought their hitters were better than they really were. They also thought their pitchers were worse than they really were. They made their personnel decisions accordingly, failing to replace lousy hitters (again, think Keith Moreland as an example), and turning over pitchers when they shouldn't have.
    I trust the current front office and manager will make more informed decisions.

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    In reply to Jim Hickman:

    I would say that is very true, especially in the sense of not being a well balanced offense. Dallas Greene's successors didn't care about any stats but for three: BA, BAwRISP, and SLG. They paid no mind to the teams athleticism, and their attempts at OBP were half-hearted and misguided to say the least.

    I hear people talk about how much power the 1984 team had, but all I see is how well balanced they were. They could do it all, and it showed. I think the truly great teams are balanced in their approach to scoring runs.

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    To bad Jackson didn't hit Quentin. Quentin might have given Cubs fans something to cheer for. Just kidding! I can't wait to see Jackson pitch in June, July and August with the wind blowing out, or not. Anyways, the terrible start is disconcerting, but there is still time to turn it around.

    Jackson is and always has been what baseball people refer to as a "prick tease." He has tons of physical ability, and every so often, he shows enough of it to make you think about just how good he could be.

    Jackson's career has been one of stretches. He will go through stretches, like he is going through now, where he is just awful. Then he will go through stretches where he is very good. Throughout his entire career, I don't think there has ever been any in between. His consistency is that he is inconsistent.

    Here is something else to keep in mind. Jackson's FIP and xFIP are way better than his ERA, and throughout his career, Jackson has been just awful in the month of April. However, May has been a much better month for him over time.

  • I agree Caldwell, I'm willing to look at EJax through a longer lens. This is obviously a poor start. But the K's are there. And like you said, he's going to have a good streak. ( The sooner, the better.)

    As for his contract, It's such a non-starter for me. For a mid-rotation innings eating pitcher, that's about the going rate. He's not overpriced. He's priced. And someone has to pitch.

    I just want to see the results match the stuff soon.

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    In reply to felzz:

    I agree. The contract is a non-issue for me as well. It's not a terrible contract. Jackson would probably have preferred to sign with a better team as well, but the Cubs were the only ones willing to deal with his inconsistency for more than a year or two. Teams who know they're going to be in the playoff hunt just weren't willing to put up with it. For the Cubs, it's worth the gamble. There's always the chance that the pitcher he is will meet the the pitcher he could be, and at that point, the Cubs might have an opportunity to sell high, or they might hang onto him.

    Again, he is a prick tease who has great stuff. He doesn't alway pitch like it, but when he does, he makes GM's and scouts think "What if?" And for the Cubs, that "What if" factor makes him worth the risk, especially considering they don't have anyone better than he is.

  • Thanks for all the ppl that responded to My EJax column ;) I know I was on the soapbox for a little there, but I keep telling myself when Jackson is up to pitch 'Today is the Day Jackson is going to domintate' and I have been excited about the Cubs winning 4 of 5 and was just really pumped to get a good start from Jackson and keep this positive momentum going... but of course he gave us the worst start of any pitcher this season for us to the PADRES, geez, my dissapointment boilded over bc he is supposed to be a leader of this team and so far has been the Biggest weak link to our pitching staff, Feldman has been better SMH(shake my head). He better get it going or this will haunt me(Cubs) for 4 years.

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