No Miller Time For The Cubs

Edwin Jackson

Just as I wrote a post about Nate Schierholtz, he goes and does it again hitting his 11th home run of the season but the Cubs fell short 9-3 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Edwin Jackson had a rough outing on the mound watching six runs score after six hits. Now that’s rough.

I don’t think it had anything to do with how Edwin pitched but having one bad inning probably shook his confidence a bit.

“I put myself in a position to get out of that inning with one run and still a 3-2 game, and I wasn’t able to put those guys away,” Jackson said. “The balls were up, or too much over the plate with two strikes.”

It was a pretty ugly game for the North Siders. See, this is where Edwin might need to take a break for a game or two to build up his confidence again. I see Starlin Castro was rested for the game.

The Cubs continue with the series today. Scott Feldman is on the mound to face Yovani Gallardo. Game time is 8:10 eastern.

In other news:

The Cubs have designated Carlos Marmol for assignment. it’s bittersweet for me to see him go. I think Carlos is one of the most terrifying closers in the game when he’s on, but this year either he’s lost his enthusiasm or maybe the stuff just ain’t there anymore. I don’t know.

Carlos ranked third on the all time list in saves for the Cubs with 117.

“Obviously, he hasn’t had the slider he had when he first was closing, so it’s more difficult to close out games, but there’s something there that can still help people and maybe a change of scenery can help,” Dale Sveum said.

All right, I haven’t touched on this too much but I’m glad Ian Stewart is gone. Perhaps it was inevitable, but in this day and age, Twitter has become a valuable resource for professionals and Ian Stewart was not acting in a professional way. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein made the right call in this situation.

“The decision was for the two sides to part ways,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “It allows Ian to potentially continue his career somewhere else, and for us, I think it was the right time to go in a different direction.”

Case closed.



  1. Dave · June 26, 2013

    Another Theo Epstein mistake. His stats indicated nothing special, and yet, here he is for 4 years, and $54m. How long will it take for Theo to deal with this as in Marmol?

    I’m telling you, both Marmol, and Jackson could be decent. marmol no longer in the deck, Jackson needs to lessen the heat, in favor of finding his spots. Location! That doesn’t mean, no heat. It means learning to vary pitching speeds.


    • The Cub Den · June 26, 2013

      I agree totally. I’m impressed with the way Jackson has dealt with the pressure but something’s off with his pitching and he needs to take a step back. if that includes shutting Edwin down after the all star break in favour of someone else, that might be the right decision. The Cubs don’t have anything to lose by it.


  2. Minoring In Baseball · June 27, 2013

    I wonder if the Tigers will gamble on Marmol, seeing that their closer situation is pretty dismal, too. I agree with you both on the pitching aspects, hitting spots is so much more important than another mph or two. I hope Jackson works his stuff out soon.


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