Things Fall Apart. Phillies 7 Cubs 3.

Things Fall Apart. Phillies 7 Cubs 3.

Jimmy Rollins etched his name in the Philadelphia Phillies history book and everyone else celebrated by knocking Edwin jackson around like a hockey puck as the Phillies blew out the Cubs 7-3 at Citizens Bank Ballpark Saturday afternoon. The Phillies jumped on Jackson early with a Chase Utley homer in the 1st. Mike Olt would come back in the 2nd with a homer of his own to even the Score. But the Phillies just kept coming in the 2nd inning. Carlos Ruiz And Ben Revere with big RBI knocks and before you knew it the balloon was bereft of H2O. More solo homers by Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena did what they could. But when Jimmy Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Mike Schmidt as the all time Phillies hit leader, it cascaded into a Dominic Brown 3 run home run and that was your ball game. Let's go boo Sanata Claus...

MAMA, I SMOKED THE COLOR TV

Edwin Jackson did not have much to say today.4.2 innings, 8 hits, seven runs (Six earned) two walks while striking out two. Just a bad day. Villanueva and Everyday Jimmy with a yeoman's 2 innings of work to finish the game.

LO VISTA

Luis Valbuena continues his hot play. 2 for 4 again with another home run. Moody is right. I'm totally sleeping on this guy's power. I think utility player and I look at his size. Bt his swim is so compact and his legs generate great force, it's no wonder he hits the gaps as often as he does. Of course, he keeps this up he'll be a Blue Jay or a Giant….

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES

WHile this is a Cub-centric blog we do like to acknowledge things that happen around the league. And it was pretty cool to see Mike Schmidt come out and get the bat and shake Jimmy Rollins hand right after Rollins had just broken his record. The rest of the Phillies then came out and congratulated Rollins, who was clearly touched by the gesture. Sometimes Baseball can just be cool. That was cool.

So another trip over our own feet. It would be nice if Jackson could get his act together, but there's no impetus or drive to do that right now. And if…..err…..when Samardzija and Hammel are traded, Cubs are gonna need more starting pitchers, which means EJax will have less incentive to get out of his malaise. But the Cubs can't solo homer teams into submission either. Anyway, Rubber game tomorrow. Good pitching matchup as AJ Burnett takes on Travis Wood. Until then, Onwards.

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  • Let's just slouch towards Bethlehem and see if we can't be reborn.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    We certainly have the rough thighs going.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    ;)

  • Chinua Achebe? I loved that book!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Yes, Chinua achebe, but first Yeats. "Second Coming"

  • I believe Theo is a good business and baseball mind but I never understood why they went after Jackson. It goes against everything they have done. They don't want to be tired down to ppl. And they didn't want to spend a lot of money. Just will not understand the Jackson signing.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Agreed... wholeheartedly!!

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I'm ready for Jackson to get moved to mop-up duty in the pen. If he's not going to pitch like he wants to be there, let's give a prospect a chance.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    They got him to be an innings eater with the stuff and ability to have around a 4.20 ERA. They needed an arm with some upside who was in his prime. After his signing bonus, he making 11 million per year. So far hasn't worked out. Theo may be good, but he's far from perfect.

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    In reply to Quedub:

    Nobody bats 1.000, executives included.

  • In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    Indeed. The important thing for a FO is to hit on a move more often than they miss. I think they are doing pretty well there so far.

    They've also proven pretty effective at developing talent something previous administrations have not done with any consistency.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    My point is that move hasn't reflected on anything he has shown after that.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Hoyer said that they got a little ahead of themselves with this move. The off year by the core and delays on the business side could be what he meant. The dollars and years aren't outside of what they want to do. As Quedub said, they were looking to fill a spot in the rotation for four years and it isn't working out.

  • In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    I just never said theo had to bat 1.000. My point was it didn't make sense. I don't know who else in the 3 yrs that they have signed to a longer contract or paid out that much wether a signing bonus or not it is still money and the fact won't get shark done.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Like I said, they acknowledged that they got ahead of themselves in this signing. They are not going to limit themselves to 4 years/52 million going forward. As far as Shark, they tried to extend him last year. He already has enough career earnings that he can gamble on himself. He has said that he plans to go to free agency. If he wants to talk, then all depends on how the FO values him.

  • In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    Got away ahead of themselves. He was the first signing of the new era and the "plan".

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    He was the signing of the 2012-13 offseason. He came after they missed out on Sanchez for more years and money (against your original critique). Your use of the 'plan' seems kind of loaded. And this offseason, they were going 6/120 (or 6/140 depending on source) for Tanaka. Way beyond the the values that you started with. The Yankees needed Tanaka and got him.

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    In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    How nice would this team look if they were able to give Anibal Sanchez money and years he couldn't say no to.

    Oh well, as long as Edwin takes the ball every 5th day and gives the team on avg 6 innings and gives the team a chance to win ( not so much lately) then I think they are okay w what they are getting. Sure they would like the good Edwin to show up more often but that's the game sometimes.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Not just Sanchez, you could add a few more names to that. Things would look a whole lot better.

    Jackson is just baffling.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Greggie. Big difference between Jackson and Sanchez. And 3 yrs later to bid on Tanaka is a big difference as well

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    WaitTilNextYear. I was just going on your original premise about years and money. I'm not defending the signing. Don't understand what you mean on 3 years later to bid on Tanaka. It was their third offseason if that's what you mean. They signed Jackson the prior year.

  • In reply to Greggie Jackson:

    I wasn't trying to bash theo or say he has to hit 1.000. Jackson was his first move. And if he had this "plan" in his head then Jackson should have not been in the picture. As far as Tanaka
    goes he would have been crazy
    not to try.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I think I read your first comment too narrowly. I agree with this that the years and money were strange for a non-impact player.

  • Another late round signing.... 32nd round draft pick, Andrew Ely (2B), who was a Junior at the University of Washington tweeted this today...(h/t to Yagyu-ccdt)

    "Bye Seattle! Going to miss many things about this place, mostly the friendships. Bittersweet moment leaving."

    https://twitter.com/andrew_ely41/status/477913587814391808

  • Schwarber with an RBI in the first... probably not much of a challenge for him in Boise.

  • In reply to Paulson:

    And then a second RBI single in the 2nd. He's batting .833 but has yet to walk in 6 ABs. Pitiful.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    lol

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    In reply to Quedub:

    what's his strikeout rate? gotta get that down...

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    watching Rollins quietly accept everyone's congratulations made me think back to when Ricky Henderson broke Maury Wills's stolen base record. Wills congratulated him with a public statement, something like, "From one great thief to another, congratulations," but as I recall the loudest cheers came from Ricky Henderson - calling himself the greatest of all time or some such. Really off-putting.

  • I have to keep 'Self Destructive Zones' by Drive-By-Truckers close by to listen to when Edwin starts.

  • Jackson's mediocrity has me daydreaming about next year's rotation. I think it's safe to say that it'll be hard to find a team eager to take Jackson's "talents" off our hands. I really don't like the idea of letting him do his Dr. Jekyl / Mr. Hyde routine for the first three months of 2015, as we try to find a trade partner. But this is especially true if Jackson is blocking a prospect.

    That sounds fairly ridiculous; but after we deal Hammel and Shark, we are likely to have some starting pitcher candidates in return. And assuming that Hendricks looks OK when he gets called up later this summer, he's also a contender for a spot in the 2015 rotation.

    Does anybody else think that Grimm and / or Ramirez deserves a chance to prove he's a starter? Because it would be fantastic if one of them were to make the same leap as Samardzija.

  • I watch Jackson pitch, and.., I can't put my finger on it but something is MISSING. Something is not Right there. You add in that he is not winning, ERA at 5.11, he's been on so many teams he could be a MLB tour guide. All these things, yet, still something else. Anybody else feel the same way????

  • I think he throws way too many fastballs. See no fire from him. He's just there. Nothing wrong with his stuff. To me he's just a guy with a big contract. One of the few bad moves by this FO.

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