View From The Bleachers

August 25, 2012

Game 124: Jackson Goes Deep

Filed under: Featured,General — Josh Cornwall @ 2:47 am


Box Score  / Highlights / Condensed

Sorry no “punny” headlines tonight folks. After watching, covering, writing about cross-country and women’s soccer events all day, I’m trying to transition myself back to blog Josh. He does exist, don’t make fun.

The scores rolled across the iPhone screen as I was keeping stats for the afternoon soccer kickoff, so I missed the game live. When I saw the 3-0 deficit early, I jotted down a few general notes to check on once I got to sit down to watch the game tonight. The plan was to do some variation of a normal (Good, Bad, Ugly) post, with few more negative descriptions obviously because I am a resident pessimist here at VFTB.

However I was pleasantly surprised that at halftime when I flipped my phone over, a furious 8th inning rally was displayed on my screen. Quickly, I jotted a few more notes of things to remember to look for when watching the game and alas I am bringing them to you here.

The Great

Brett Jackson has had his well-documented struggles at the plate since arriving on the scene a few short weeks ago. His sub .200 batting average is a clear indication of that. His patience at the plate is at times his undoing, as his looking at strike ratio combined with his missed bat ratio is a large reason for his struggles. In a big spot down one run, Jackson hit his first bomb at Wrigley to right center field to tie the game and get the rally going that would ultimately win the game. I doubt a hit like this gives Jackson a turn for the best to finish out the season. I also doubt he finishes above the .200 average mark, but the flashes once every few games are enough to get a little excited for the coming seasons.

It was nice to see Soriano hit another ball out too. The guy is overpaid, if you haven’t read that enough around here, but he’s playing at a respectable level this season. His huge contract likely isn’t going anywhere this season, especially with the Dodgers/Red Sox rumors floating about, so let’s enjoy the play while it lasts I guess.

The Good

Samardzija, a week late to his own dedicated seven day extravaganza in August (yes I’m sorry CAPS and I have worn out the Shark Week jokes, consider this my last one), was solid but unspectacular. He gave up a few more home runs, something that has become a troubling trend in recent weeks, which has be a struggle of his over the last two seasons as a relief pitcher. Even still he pitched well enough to win giving up only two earned runs on the two solo shots, striking out seven guys along the way. The only player he seemingly couldn’t get out was former Cub D.J. LeMahieu, who “punished” his former club with three hits in four attempts.

Marmol got another save, but not without his mandatory free pass to second to make things interesting. I feel bad for putting him on my most hated Cubs list earlier this morning. That was a lie.

The Bad

Anthony Rizzo continues his recent downward trend. A once promising .330 start  has dipped 17 points below the .300 mark, tanking miserably over the past two weeks. Rizzo was probably over-producing when he first came up, but I expect him to snap out of his funk sooner rather than later. I’m not going to bore you with my career projections for Rizzo, but I expect him to hover .300 for a career average. He is one of the few players I enjoy watching right now and when he isn’t producing, the game can get a little boring.

Two of the three worst teams in the league get to duke it out again tomorrow in a doozie between rookies Alex White and Brooks Raley. All I know is I’m glad others get the final two games in the series because there might be some un-watchable baseball mixed in.

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  • Cubs Future

    You can take it for what its worth, but several experts or so called experts say that they thought Shark was taking a huge step forward today.  He didn’t have his good stuff, but still stuck with it and ended it with a few solid innings for a decent game.  More are looking to him to be a top of the rotation by what he has shown overall.  By this I’m not talking about how he is #1 starter on this terrible team.  He really has done fairly well for just starting this year at this level.  It will be interesting to see if he will be shut down this year and how strong of an offseason he will have to take another leap next year. 

  • Josephine

    Thankfully, I watched (most) of yesterday’s game(I had to go look at an apartment with Mom about halfway through), and while Shark did okay, he needs to learn to control his pitches better.  I was also worried about our defense in the beginning. 

    However, since Raley and Volstad are to pitch today and tomorrow, I doubt we’ll sweep the Rockies unless they remember how to pitch well.

  • Doc Raker

    The combined batting average of the Cubs 1 and 2 hitters today is .328, we can only go up from here.

  • Randall Pennington

    This call up will be good for Jackson. When he goes back to AAA to start next year he will understand how to be a better hitter. Seeing the best does that to you. Rizzo will be good but pitchers are starting to figure him out. Time to adjust. I really hope we hang on to DeJesus. Great example for the younger players to model themselves after.

  • Bryan

    I would call this a Rockies loss instead of a Cubs win.


    Josh – Did you try Chimneyville yet?

  • Josh Cornwall

    I have not, but when I do I’m going to take a picture of it and put it on the Facebook page.



  • Eddie Von White

    What kind of crime did you commit that you have to keep women’s soccer stats and write about cross country? I think water boarding would be less torturous.

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