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Game 60 – Edwin Jackson Ain't Bad

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Star of the Game- Cody Ransom (.311 WPA)


Edwin Jackson finally did what he is paid to do.  Pitch.  Eat Innings. Win ball games.

Last time he was on the bump I asked whether he really was that bad.  The answer, after looking at some of the more advanced statistics, was that he wasn’t nearly as bad as his ERA and W-L record would lead you to believe.  Most likely resulting from a bad sequence of events and missing pitches at the wrong time.

He came back today and did his best Jeff Smardzjia (not yesterday, but you get the point) striking out 8 over the course of 7 innings. His performance lowered his ERA almost an entire point down to a still inflated 5.76.  The game today saw Jackson work in and out, up and down, and pitch with good velocity consistently throughout the game. That may have been the most surprising element of the game, his velocity.

Today saw Jackson pitch consistently with his fastball at 94-96 MPH with good life.  So where was that towards the beginning of the season? Was a nagging little injury keeping him back?  Was the prospect of a new city swaying his focus?  We may not know.  What we would like to see is Jackson continue to pitch like he did today.

Oh, Cody Ransom.  I almost forgot him. The San Diego Padres forgot about him after giving him only 11 PA. (Okay he had all of 0 hits)  He has since come over to the Cubs in 22 games and hit for .270 batting average, with ten of his seventeen hits being of the XBH variety. (5 HR)  He also has stuck out at a Brett Jacksonesque 34.8%.  Yet, I think I can safely say that I enjoy his place on this team.  He is playing good defense, has been a pretty clutch batter, and definitely provides a veteran presence on the young squad.

Good on him for being the player of the game today.  He only made a diving stop and pretty play.  And he hit the game winning three run HR in the 8th.

One last thing. Carlos Marmol. See boxscore above. 1-2-3. Strikes. I don’t know.

Discuss.

  • wisconsinjpc

    Marmol? Even a broken clock is right twice a day. We’ll see if maybe he’s starting to pull himself together. One decent inning is a great thing, but it’s going to take a lot more consistency to convince me that this is anything but a blip on the radar.

    • Jedi

      Marmol had one bad outing between the time he was demoted from the closer’s role until the end of May. Marmol is not the great Satan in the bullpen that people make him out to be – several guys down there have been more unreliable than Carlos (many of them have been shuttled to and from the minors…Camp, Dolis, Rondon, Loe, Putnam – he might not even be the worst Carlos in the ‘pen right now).

      • Noah_I

        I’m with you on this one Jedi. This is more a matter of people following the narrative, and the narrative is that Marmol is bad. Is Marmol inconsistent, wild and vastly overpaid? Yes. But since the first couple of weeks of the season he’s actually been pretty good.

      • Eddie Von White

        Perception is everything.

      • mrbaseball2usa

        I disagree, Jedi… My biggest beef with Carlos is he isn’t doing enough of what he did today… 1 – 2 – 3 innings. He dropped his WHIP to 1.68 with this latest outing… That, IMHO is just not OK from anyone in the ‘pen, much less the guy who is supposed to be our lights-out closer. I honestly just hope he can string enough good appearances together to have some kind of trade value for the deadline.

      • Jedi

        Carlos was never a 1,2,3 guy – why would you expect him to be this year? Even when he was going ‘good’ he was prone to surrendering walks. It has ALWAYS been a knock against him.

      • Marmol has always fallen victim to the vagaries of sliders bounced outside of the zone of strikes.

  • wisconsinjpc

    Marmol? Even a broken clock is right twice a day. We’ll see if maybe he’s starting to pull himself together. One decent inning is a great thing, but it’s going to take a lot more consistency to convince me that this is anything but a blip on the radar.

    • Jedi

      Marmol had one bad outing between the time he was demoted from the closer’s role until the end of May. Marmol is not the great Satan in the bullpen that people make him out to be – several guys down there have been more unreliable than Carlos (many of them have been shuttled to and from the minors…Camp, Dolis, Rondon, Loe, Putnam – he might not even be the worst Carlos in the ‘pen right now).

      • Noah_I

        I’m with you on this one Jedi. This is more a matter of people following the narrative, and the narrative is that Marmol is bad. Is Marmol inconsistent, wild and vastly overpaid? Yes. But since the first couple of weeks of the season he’s actually been pretty good.

      • Eddie Von White

        Perception is everything.

      • mrbaseball2usa

        I disagree, Jedi… My biggest beef with Carlos is he isn’t doing enough of what he did today… 1 – 2 – 3 innings. He dropped his WHIP to 1.68 with this latest outing… That, IMHO is just not OK from anyone in the ‘pen, much less the guy who is supposed to be our lights-out closer. I honestly just hope he can string enough good appearances together to have some kind of trade value for the deadline.

      • Jedi

        Carlos was never a 1,2,3 guy – why would you expect him to be this year? Even when he was going ‘good’ he was prone to surrendering walks. It has ALWAYS been a knock against him.

      • Marmol has always fallen victim to the vagaries of sliders bounced outside of the zone of strikes.

  • So Marmol pitched another 1-2-3 inning. I don’t think that was really Marmol.

    I would like to think EJax is as good as he’s paid to be. Maybe he just needs to find his groove or something.

  • So Marmol pitched another 1-2-3 inning. I don’t think that was really Marmol.

    I would like to think EJax is as good as he’s paid to be. Maybe he just needs to find his groove or something.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    Edwin Jackson has gone through some rough patches in his career, that’s why he has a 4+ ERA and a .500ish record. He’ll end up with the usual 12 wins (assuming the Cubs bother fielding a team the whole year) and a 4.5 ERA. Same old Edwin “I am mediocre” Jackson. It’s not like he even tried to sell himself as something different…it’s not his fault we panicked after missing out on Sanchez.

  • Eugene Debs

    Edwin Jackson has gone through some rough patches in his career, that’s why he has a 4+ ERA and a .500ish record. He’ll end up with the usual 12 wins (assuming the Cubs bother fielding a team the whole year) and a 4.5 ERA. Same old Edwin “I am mediocre” Jackson. It’s not like he even tried to sell himself as something different…it’s not his fault we panicked after missing out on Sanchez.

  • ccak123

    Just think, we could still have Brent Lillibridge manning third instead of Ransom *gag*

  • ccak123

    Just think, we could still have Brent Lillibridge manning third instead of Ransom *gag*

  • Eddie Von White

    Now he’s EdTWOwin Jackson.

  • Eddie Von White

    Now he’s EdTWOwin Jackson.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I remember reading a story after one of Jackson’s bad outing where Dale was quoted as saying that what makes him upset is that Jackson was not pitching with his best velocity until the first couple of innings were over as if he were saving some for later innings. You know they were the ones he would not pitch because they other teams shelled him in those first couple. Maybe He and the pitching coach finally got their message across to Jackson.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I remember reading a story after one of Jackson’s bad outing where Dale was quoted as saying that what makes him upset is that Jackson was not pitching with his best velocity until the first couple of innings were over as if he were saving some for later innings. You know they were the ones he would not pitch because they other teams shelled him in those first couple. Maybe He and the pitching coach finally got their message across to Jackson.

  • Jedi

    “Edwin Jackson finally did what he is paid to do. Pitch. Eat Innings. Win ball games.”

    And in that order.

    • BLPCB

      That’s what I said last month that Jackson was an innings eating move

      • Jedi

        Someboday give CAPS a sticker or a gold star or something.

      • BLPCB

        Except I got ripped apart for suggesting that we should have signed Livan instead if we wanted someone to eat inning

      • Jedi

        The Cuban is eating his way into another pant size right now – no MLB team wanted him, yet somehow he’d have been a fit for the Cubs?

        (And my call for a reward was beyond sarcastic)

  • Jedi

    “Edwin Jackson finally did what he is paid to do. Pitch. Eat Innings. Win ball games.”

    And in that order.

    • AC0000000

      That’s what I said last month that Jackson was an innings eating move

      • Jedi

        Somebody give CAPS a sticker or a gold star or something.

      • AC0000000

        Except I got ripped apart for suggesting that we should have signed Livan instead if we wanted someone to eat inning

      • Jedi

        The Cuban is eating his way into another pant size right now – no MLB team wanted him, yet somehow he’d have been a fit for the Cubs?

        (And my call for a reward was beyond sarcastic)