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Game 65: Edwin Jackson Solid Again, DeJesus Hurt

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Box Score / Highlights

Star of the Game – Edwin Jackson – .145 (WPA)


This game featured two starting pitchers with similar beginnings to the 2013 campaign. Both Shaun “I spell my name wrong” Marcum and Edwin Jackson came into the game with bad records and high ERAs, but the peripherals suggested that they were pitching much better than the results (they came in with 3.38 and 2.90 FIPs, respectively). Also, they each had a nice start the last time out.

Edwin continued the trend. He pitched 6 innings, striking out 7 (he had a nasty slider tonight), and allowed only 1 earned run. James Russell came into the game in the 7th and made things interested by giving up 2 runs for the first time this year (his season ERA is still an excellent 2.03). Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game (I can’t believe I just typed that sentence). Speaking of unbelievable things, I actually think Gregg, packaged with another player (see below), could bring back a non-non-prospect in return. Who would have thought that…well, ever?

The Cubs offense got on the board early with a Nate Schierholtz solo blast in the top of the 1st (see, isn’t Dale a genius for knowing that Nate needed an at-bat in the 1st inning?). The bats really broke out in the 2nd, scoring 4 runs (such a rare thing these days). The inning was capped-off by a David DeJesus 3-run triple – a shot that would have left most ballparks.

It was nice to see Anthony Rizzo have a nice game at the plate. He had 3 hits, including a ringing double, and scored 2 runs. No, I don’t think his moving down in the order had anything to do with it, but it obviously didn’t hurt. I have a feeling that both Rizzo and Starlin Castro are due to break out soon. By the way, has anyone else noticed that Castro is alternating between 2 different types of bat every plate appearance?

Perhaps the biggest story from this game is the DeJesus injury. He injured his shoulder colliding with the center field wall as he attempted to catch a deep fly ball off the bat of Juan Lagares. The x-rays showed a shoulder sprain – which could mean a lot of things, I suppose. DeJesus will be placed on the 15-day DL. I don’t want to sound cynical, but the biggest impact this will have on the Cubs is whatever effect this injury has on DeJesus’ trade value. I could really see DeJesus, especially as part of a package (see above), netting a decent prospect or two in return.

Dale Sveum said after the game that the Cubs may bring up a bullpen arm immediately while they decide what outfielder to call up (the Cubs did play a 14-inning game, so they could probably use an extra arm for a day or so). Brooks Raley (who was just sent down to make room for Henry Rodriguez) and Chris Rusin are the two Iowa pitchers currently on the 40-man roster.

Things could get interesting when the Cubs bring up an outfielder to replace DeJesus, but I doubt that they will. If we’re assuming the Cubs will bring up someone already on the 40-man (which they don’t have to do, necessarily, but it would seem to make sense), here’s how I would rate the candidates:

Boring: Dave Sappelt

Intriguing: Brett Jackson (he’s still struggling, so I really can’t see the benefit of bringing him up).

Hype-inducing: Junior Lake. This would be the most fun for all of us, but there’s no need to rush him up now, and he’s just getting settled in AAA. There’s no way this is going to happen.

So, it will probably be good ol’ boring, Dave “I-defend-Ian-Stewart-on-Twitter” Sappelt. If the Cubs were going to make a 40-man move, Brian Bogusevic has had a really nice season, and it would be good to see what he could do with the major league club.

This will be my last post for a few weeks – I’m getting married next weekend, and I’ll be travelling all over for a few weeks. It’s been tons of fun writing for this site, and I look forward to returning later in the summer. Thanks for reading – see you soon!

  • Watching replays of DeJesus’ injury made me really nervous. Someone on Twitter said something about a separated shoulder, but thankfully it’s only a sprain. Hopefully it’ll just be the 15-day DL and not longer.

    We’re on top of Milwaukee again, you guys!

    Congrats on your wedding. May your union be long and blessed.

  • Watching replays of DeJesus’ injury made me really nervous. Someone on Twitter said something about a separated shoulder, but thankfully it’s only a sprain. Hopefully it’ll just be the 15-day DL and not longer.

    We’re on top of Milwaukee again, you guys!

    Congrats on your wedding. May your union be long and blessed.

  • Norm

    Congrats Sean! I hope the fiance’s parents are helping with the cost!

  • Norm

    Congrats Sean! I hope the fiance’s parents are helping with the cost!

  • Doug S.

    Hope the wife to be is a Cubs fan. Best of luck.

  • Doug S.

    Hope the wife to be is a Cubs fan. Best of luck.

  • Sean Powell

    Thanks guys! She is a Cubs fan – and she’s from the Chicagoland area, so it gives me an excuse to go up there often and catch games at Wrigley.

    Of course, the one name I didn’t want to mention, Shawn Camp, is coming up to replace DeJesus. It will be interesting to see if a bat is called up at some point – maybe even an infielder.

  • Sean Powell

    Thanks guys! She is a Cubs fan – and she’s from the Chicagoland area, so it gives me an excuse to go up there often and catch games at Wrigley.

    Of course, the one name I didn’t want to mention, Shawn Camp, is coming up to replace DeJesus. It will be interesting to see if a bat is called up at some point – maybe even an infielder.

  • Doc Raker

    Make sure you keep up with VFTB on your honeymoon, CAPS and jswan musings can be very romantic. Hopefully your wife is a Cubs fan and likes an Al’s Beef with hot peppers and isn’t dragging you to Subway for thawed out meatball’s with marinara with ranch dressing.

    • Sean Powell

      Well Doc, she’s a vegetarian, so she has no effect on my meat-eating adventures (and I do love Al’s with hot peppers!).

      I will be sure to check-in with VFTB while we’re in France – it will definitely set the mood.

      • BLPCB

        You don’t win friends with salad

      • Friends with salad is third prize.

      • Doc Raker

        How does one survive without eating meat? I hear Portillo’s is coming out with a tofu ‘beef’ sandwich, hopefully it will be brought to market upon your return from France. When in France try the Coq a Vin, one of my favorites. Not sure if anyone is making a tofu Coq a Vin.

      • BLPCB

        Ask the world’s fattest vegetarian. Lots of cake and potato chips I presume

      • Those non-Raker-approved sandwich meatballs you fondly jam into your face may be vegan. Maybe those too.

      • BLPCB

        I’m not sure the pepperoni is. That and the ranch dressing.

      • Doc Raker

        Prince Fielder?

      • BLPCB

        Yup. Tubby Veggie.

  • Doc Raker

    Make sure you keep up with VFTB on your honeymoon, CAPS and jswan musings can be very romantic. Hopefully your wife is a Cubs fan and likes an Al’s Beef with hot peppers and isn’t dragging you to Subway for thawed out meatball’s with marinara with ranch dressing.

    • Sean Powell

      Well Doc, she’s a vegetarian, so she has no effect on my meat-eating adventures (and I do love Al’s with hot peppers!).

      I will be sure to check-in with VFTB while we’re in France – it will definitely set the mood.

      • AC0000000

        You don’t win friends with salad

      • Friends with salad is third prize.

      • Doc Raker

        How does one survive without eating meat? I hear Portillo’s is coming out with a tofu ‘beef’ sandwich, hopefully it will be brought to market upon your return from France. When in France try the Coq a Vin, one of my favorites. Not sure if anyone is making a tofu Coq a Vin.

      • AC0000000

        Ask the world’s fattest vegetarian. Lots of cake and potato chips I presume

      • Those non-Raker-approved sandwich meatballs you fondly jam into your face may be vegan. Maybe those too.

      • AC0000000

        I’m not sure the pepperoni is. That and the ranch dressing.

      • Doc Raker

        Prince Fielder?

      • AC0000000

        Yup. Tubby Veggie.

  • BLPCB

    Congrats on getting married. Just remember this it’ll save you a lot of trouble: “Yes dear. You’re right. I’m sorry.”

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      CAPS is a secrete identity for Bob Brenley who would of thought.

  • AC0000000

    Congrats on getting married. Just remember this it’ll save you a lot of trouble: “Yes dear. You’re right. I’m sorry.”

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      CAPS is a secrete identity for Bob Brenley who would of thought.

  • BLPCB

    Game 66: Kevin Gregg doesn’t suck

  • AC0000000

    Game 66: Kevin Gregg doesn’t suck

  • Congrats to the soon to be Powells… have a blast man.

  • Congrats to the soon to be Powells… have a blast man.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Congrats Sean and thanks for your write-ups

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Congrats Sean and thanks for your write-ups

  • BLPCB

    Game 67: carLos marmoL sucks. The end.

  • AC0000000

    Game 67: carLos marmoL sucks. The end.