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Game 75: Basement Dwellers Unite

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I either need to A) stop signing up for recaps altogether or B) stop recapping games in which Edwin Jackson pitches.

With both the Cubs and Brewers tied for the fourth place in the Central, somebody had to fall back into the basement by the end of the evening. The game got off to a good start for Jackson when Nate Schierholtz added his 11th round-tripper of the year for a 3-1 advantage.

But Jackson selfishly decided to pull within a loss of Cole Hamels for the MLB lead in the category, falling to 3-10 on the year. Jackson gave up a solo shot in the second and couldn’t miss a bit during a five-run fifth for the Brew Crew.

The Cubs had a couple of doubles off of Kyle Lohse, but they couldn’t put together any multi-hit innings after Schierholtz’s home run.

Cody Ransom got the start over the struggling Starlin Castro and performed status quo for the position this season. He was 0-4, but didn’t commit an error as the first Cubs’ player other than Castro to start at short for almost 300 games.

Not much that Dale Sveum has touched has turned to gold this season, but maybe the decision to sit Castro for a game will get him kicked started. Nothing else seems to be working. Young players go through slumps and Castro’s won’t have much staying power in the second half.

Or will it?

JJ covered the breaking news of Carlos Marmol and Ian Stewart getting the double ax on Tuesday. Stewart finally got his wish of an unconditional release, but I don’t know what team would be crazy enough to give him a full-time gig in the bigs. If he was unhappy in Iowa, what AAA club is he going to be thrilled going to? The unfortunate end of a once-promising career.

Marmol was DFA’d and who know how that will play out over the next 48 hours. I can’t see a team crazy enough to make a move for him, but I guess we shall find out if a team like Detroit truly had interest in the first place.

As the dead weight is released from the roster, which players of more value are going to be traded over the next month?

Discuss.

  • Well IDK how the rest of this series will go. We could still take the series and and sit on top of Milwaukee before our trip to Seattle. Milwaukee’s rotation and bullpen both suck, but so does our hitting. Feldman is on the mound for us tonight, and while he sucked in St. Louis and in his last starts vs. Milwaukee, most of his starts since that one have been good.

    BTW, we may not have Marmol any more, but we still have to deal with Shawn Camp.

  • Well IDK how the rest of this series will go. We could still take the series and and sit on top of Milwaukee before our trip to Seattle. Milwaukee’s rotation and bullpen both suck, but so does our hitting. Feldman is on the mound for us tonight, and while he sucked in St. Louis and in his last starts vs. Milwaukee, most of his starts since that one have been good.

    BTW, we may not have Marmol any more, but we still have to deal with Shawn Camp.

  • LVCubFan

    I doubt a simple Off Day will revert Castro to All Star Form. He’s getting dangerously close to a sub .220 batting average, and he’s never really shown the mental toughness to break out of something like that.

    • Chuck

      When you are looking up and Barney’s hitting stats, it is not a good thing. I hope that this is his “young player has difficulties” season and he comes back strong next season after putting in a lot of work in the off-season.

  • LVCubFan

    I doubt a simple Off Day will revert Castro to All Star Form. He’s getting dangerously close to a sub .220 batting average, and he’s never really shown the mental toughness to break out of something like that.

    • Chuck

      When you are looking up and Barney’s hitting stats, it is not a good thing. I hope that this is his “young player has difficulties” season and he comes back strong next season after putting in a lot of work in the off-season.

  • Chuck

    I think I am the only one who is a bit sad to see Marmol go. When he was at the peak of his powers, he was unhittable due to his video-game-set-at-100 filthy slider. It was one of the most unhittalbe pitches in all of baseball.

    Unfortunately, I think the slider destroyed his arm. This is how many sports players careers end. With a whimper, not a bang.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Marmol turned out to be his own worst enemy he needed to pitch a lot to keep his mechanics and then due to wear he lost his velocity and his mechanics.

  • Chuck

    I think I am the only one who is a bit sad to see Marmol go. When he was at the peak of his powers, he was unhittable due to his video-game-set-at-100 filthy slider. It was one of the most unhittalbe pitches in all of baseball.

    Unfortunately, I think the slider destroyed his arm. This is how many sports players careers end. With a whimper, not a bang.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Marmol turned out to be his own worst enemy he needed to pitch a lot to keep his mechanics and then due to wear he lost his velocity and his mechanics.