The Cubs continued their art of being absolutely awful after a day off. The Cubs managed 3 runs off of Brewers starter Kyle Loshe. But Edwin Jackson went Humpty Dumpty in the 5th, giving up 5 runs, with big blows coming from Rickee Weeks and Jean Segura. Relievers Hector Rondon and Shawn Camp quickly poured gasoline on the fire and before you knew it it was a 9-3 thumping. Let's come in from the cold, come down from the wire....and breakdown.
THINGS FALL APART.
Edwin Jackson went back to being bad, itchy Edwin Jackson again. 6 earned runs on 4 and 2/3rd innings. Jackson walked 2, including one to lead off that stinky 5th, and struck out one. Once again, Jackson had no pace, no rhythm, and while his pitches showed some bite, no consistency. While we know that win-loss record is a deceiving stat, Jackson's record of 3-10 actually is a pretty fair assessment of where he's at these days. I still believe he'll pitch better in the second half. But with the second half being very stress free, what will it really mean?
LIGHTS WILL GUIDE YOU HOME, AND IGNITE YOUR BONES, AND I WILL TRY TO FIX YOU.
Hard to talk about today's game without talking about what happened before it. John touched on Marmol being DFA'd and Twitty McGee Ian Stewart taking his act elsewhere. But Dale finally gave Starlin Castro a day off. And Castro needs it. A whole wave of common sense whisking through the Cubs clubhouse. Brian Bogusevic more than earned his call up. This might be the tightening of the belt and straightening of the tie and making the Cubs as presentable as possible as opposing teams will be sending scouts around the Cubs often. Which brings us to....
Last year we tried to save one of the bullet points for rookies and young players. With the trading season upon us, gonna try and keep a running theme of what scouts saw during that night's game. While it's absolutely ludicrous to think that a player's value will go up or down with one single performance, scouting reports aren't going to be torn up and rewritten, there will be scouts in the stands and we should highlight what they will. Today's star was Nate Schierholtz. Nate delivered all of the Cubs offense with a 3 run home run. He also showed a good first step and good range in the outfield. So there won't be any AL bias with Nate. Wherever he goes, that team's d will probably improve.
This was the 9th straight loss to the cheddar heads. and something like 18 out of 21. And most of the losses have been of the El Kabong blowout variety. I'm interested to see how Starlin plays after the day off. And if Dale gives him another one. Scott FELDMAN!!!! takes the mound for the Cubs (and in front of the scouts) against Brewers ace Yovanni Gallardo. Runs will probably be at a premium for the Cubs. So here's hoping the Amish beard is throwing rocks. Onwards.