3/28 Jackson ready for season

On Sept. 9, 2003, Edwin Jackson made his Major League debut in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. He was pitching for the Dodgers at that time. That’s more than 10 years ago.

On Friday, Jackson had his best spring outing in his last start before the regular season, facing the Diamondbacks again at Chase Field. The right-hander gave up one hit over four scoreless innings and struck out two.

“It’s the last game to really go in and fine tune things before we get started officially,” Jackson said. “I just wanted to end on a positive note going into the season. I’m feeling pretty good and just came out throwing strikes.”

The right-hander led the National League in losses last year with 18, and was eager to start with a clean slate.

“I’m excited,” Jackson said. “Last year was a crazy year and it wasn’t a year I wanted to have. I’m going to go out and play the way I know I can play. I haven’t lost any confidence — I never lost any confidence last year. It was a tough season but at the end of the day, I came in the clubhouse, the same person, day in and day out. I’m ready to go out and show what I can do.”

— Carrie Muskat


Looking at our Future infield last night…..Villanuava, Baez, Alcantara & Vogelbach all in the game……….Cubs have several relief pitchers that can help this team…..that Rivero kid does remind me of Mariano Rivera……. we do lack starting pitchers in the system…..P Johnson & Hendricks are the only ones who could help us in the near future……… ……Bjax striking out again last night….I hope that guy finds his swing……..we can scratch any Mike Trout talk playing CF with the Cubs…….all these MLB teams want to sign their young stars…..Free Agent market will be for the Old Timers, the TJ pitchers and the ones who “Complain All the Time” about their salary……especially those who believe they are an “Ace”, and throw 115 pitches by the 5th inning……………Lets Go Cubs!

Watching the game last night, it is obvious the Umpires have something against the Cubs. I don’t know if it goes back to the Dusty days or what the problem is. That UMP on first last night was a total unfair jerk.
It is time that the Umpires as a group were confronted with this. Its hard enough beating another ML team without having to overcome Umpires prejudice also.

E Jackson had the worst Non strike call in the Majors in 2013 according to Stats.

That’s one of the reports I was referring too. UMPS just don’t like the Cubs for some reason.

As far as Jackson Dominating? I would hardly call 4 IP and 2 K’s dominating. There were some very hard hit balls, some good defense. Jackson pitched a good game, what really helped was, No Walks.

Bonifacio had fun at SS, turned a nice DP. Vogelbach looked very uncomfortable at 1st base. The one guy that looked very comfortable at the plate and in the field was Villanueva, I think Villanueva is going to be awesome in a couple years.
Still a ST game, but Strop and Vera did not look fantastic, they did get by.
Barney has looked impressive, he walked two more times last night and now leads the team with 9. Only hitting 260 something, but with the walks his OBP is at 380 something.
I don’t remember him taking that many pitches last year, hopefully he has learned.

It has all come down to opening day.The F.O. has built the team for the long haul.The last couple of weeks has shown some good,young ballplayers.Wish we could flash to opening day 2015.Lets let this team play and get behind them because next year is certain to be different.Go CUBS!

I wish 2015 was the year……maybe 2016 as a Wild Card…….this team still needs starting pitching ……we have a bunch of #4 starters……..plus, we have to see how Renteria manages………..Cardinals, Reds & Pirates are still better then us.

Was not referring to W.S. IN 2015,just the lineup.Just saw Schlitter made the bullpen.

Cabrera was DFA today

Get Your Lineup Card Out…..
Bonifacio CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney DH
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Kalish LF
Barney 2B
Hammel P

Get Your Eraser Out……Schierholtz is out……Coghlan is in…..

Bonifacio CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Coghlan RF
Sweeney DH
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Kalish LF
Barney 2B
Hammel P

Olt will play Barney and valbueno should be platooned

Also I think lake will get more starts … They need to see what he does with 500-600 abs

Question of the Day…..Which Team will Samardzija end up with on Aug 1st?…….

A – Still be with the Cubs
B – Diamondbacks
C – Red Sox
D – Dodgers
E – Tigers
F – Royals
G – Rangers
H – Blue Jays
I – Braves
J – Giants

Aloha CubsTalk- I know this is early and the season has not even begun (only a few days away!) but I cannot see Jeff S. going to the Giants, because Brian Sabean and company will just not part with good pitching, especially prospects . Unless something happens drastically with their front 5 (Cain, Lincecum, Bumgarner, Vogelsong, Hudson) and they are in the hunt by the end of July? And especially after Sabean traded away Joe Nathan years ago for AJ Pierzynski, that was a huge bust! Anyhow, hope the Shark does well this spring going into summer as it bodes well for our Cubbies! Mahalo!

At this point, we don’t know what the mid-season trade market will be and who will be buyers and who will be sellers. I’m sure most teams in baseball will be scouting Samardzija just in case they are buyers, so rumors of teams sending scouts to see him pitch probably won’t mean a whole lot until we’re nearing the deadline. Plus, it’s not like the Cubs will accept the first offer they get from the first team that happens to make one. They know what they want for him, and if they don’t get that in an offer, then they have no reason to trade him for the sake of trading him. Also, who knows what will happen with other teams between now and the deadline. I mean, no one guessed that the Braves would sign Ervin Santana, but once they lost two of their pitchers to Tommy John surgery they suddenly had a need for a starter and quickly signed Santana. Who knows what teams will suffer pitching injuries and suddenly be in need of a starter? Right now, all you can do is hope he pitches well and helps out the Cubs in one way or another.

Aloha Doug- agreed. We are all “playing” the “what-if” game and the season has not even begun. As a commodity it is amazing what pitching can bring for a team, especially if you have some! I not only hope that the Shark does well but all the pitchers so when that time comes at the end of July, it will be a positive for both the player being traded and the prospects coming to the organization. It is time to play ball! Mahalo!

Starting Monday…….the games, the stats, wins & loses all start to count !

Am unimpressed with anything Jackson does in these meaningless ST contests. He more than any Cubs` pitcher has something to prove to fans, namely that last season was an anomaly, a season in which he “messed the bed” time after time. Show us what you`ve got; is not complicated. We would love to forget last year`s ugly performances.

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