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Edwin Jackson Gets His Win

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MVP – Devin Mesoraco (.173 WPA)

Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!

The Cubs finished out week 3 with a win, ending their 5-game losing streak. Edwin Jackson was on the bump and pitched 5.2 innings of giving up 8 hits and 2 runs. He also struck out five (!) batters.  You may proceed with the Ed-onewin Jackson jokes.

Offense:

Emilio Bonifacio continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the leadoff spot. Today he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He’s batting .358 on the season.

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Mike Olt, Darwin Barney, and Welington Castillo all had home runs today. (Yes, THAT Barney for all you non-believers out there…)

Castillo now has 8 RBI on the season, tied with Rizzo for second place. Starlin Castro leads the team with 9 after this week.

Anthony Rizzo left today’s game with back spasms. Hopefully he doesn’t have to sneeze anytime soon. I’d hate to have another Sammy Sosa incident.

Defense:

The Barney/Castro/Rizzo combo is a great one.  Today they combined for a beautiful double play that was dubbed the Premier Play of the Day by MLB Network.

Ruggiano also made a beautiful sliding catch in right field. He might maybe be on the path to usurping Nate’s throne as my favorite right fielder. (Don’t tell Nate.)

This past week was a rough one on the North Side. A five game losing streak is as deflating as it gets. Jackson snapping the skid is as surprising as it gets.  This season is going to be a roller coaster ride. Strap on your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a long season.


Homer Bailey

MLB.com

In three starts, Bailey has blown four leads already and has been unable to get beyond five innings. He allowed four homers during a no-decision to the Pirates Monday. The bright side? There were no walks and nine strikeouts.

Wikipedia

Bailey leads with a four-seam fastball in the 93–96 mph range. He also has a two-seam fastball at 94-96. Bailey throws three breaking balls, his main one being a slider in the mid-high 80s and the other being a curveball in the upper 70s. Lastly, he throws a splitter in the mid 80s.



David Nail is the second-most played artist on my iPod. He’s got an easy voice and his tunes are pretty catchy.

  • Doc Raker

    I am not to concerned about wins and losses. The Cubs are on the right track, they have young rising talent. What concerns me is the Blackhawks 2 OT losses to the Blues to start the playoffs, both games giving up goals late in regulation with game 2 equalizer coming at 6 seconds left in regulation. Those L’s hurt.

    Happy Easter

    • PLCB3

      That was awesome seeing the Hawks blow it in the last 30 seconds both games and then allow the skate-of goal. And Seabrook should have been suspended for more than 3 games. Absolutely Bush League what he did.

  • Doc Raker

    I am not to concerned about wins and losses. The Cubs are on the right track, they have young rising talent. What concerns me is the Blackhawks 2 OT losses to the Blues to start the playoffs, both games giving up goals late in regulation with game 2 equalizer coming at 6 seconds left in regulation. Those L’s hurt.

    Happy Easter

    • AC0000000

      That was awesome seeing the Hawks blow it in the last 30 seconds both games and then allow the skate-of goal in OT. And Seabrook should have been suspended for more than 3 games. Absolutely Bush League what he did.

      Bruins up 2-0 after 1 vs. Detroit. Detroit sucks in all sports except baseball.

      Happy Easter

  • PLCB3

    David Nail is awesome. I need to pirate the rest of his songs. That’s the only one I heard on the radio. I want to exclude Homer Bailey from the No Homers Club. I don’t like him

  • AC0000000

    David Nail is awesome. I need to pirate the rest of his songs. That’s the only one I heard on the radio. I want to exclude Homer Bailey from the No Homers Club. I don’t like him

  • Bill Fell

    Rondo and strop looked great in the bullpen. It’s nice to see those two being consistent. Unlike pretty much every other reliever.

  • Bill Fell

    Rondo and strop looked great in the bullpen. It’s nice to see those two being consistent. Unlike pretty much every other reliever.