The most disappointing part of the Chicago Cubs’ loss to the Phillies last night was the photo of some random guy’s moobs I didn’t get. After I complained that too many guys were RTing ghetto skanks posting half-naked selfies into my timeline, one random Cubs fan posted this:
Hot dog! At least Mikey CJ’s moobs are something I haven’t seen before. The Cubs blowing a huge lead . . that seems more familiar. I hunkered down and eagerly awaited the big comeback. And I almost got it! But then, in a more accurate way, I didn’t. Because the Cubes showed up to ruin my night. Again.
But don’t worry, guys! Edwin Jackson says losing isn’t going to be a trend for him or the Cubs:
PHILADELPHIA — After a rocky start magnified by wasted run support, Edwin Jackson vowed Tuesday night that his 9-8 loss to the Phillies was merely a blip and not the start of one of the dips that have defined his mercurial career.
“Our hitters come out and we do a great job battling back,” Jackson said after blowing a 5-2 lead. “It’s one of those games you have to bear down.
“But it’s definitely nothing that I’m going to harp on. I worked too hard to get back to form to let one game bring me back down.”
Jackson allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits in five innings, reversing a trend that saw him post a 3-1 record and 1.83 ERA in five starts in July.
Jackson’s rough performance loomed larger after the Cubs, who had their losing streak extended to five games, scored three runs in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base before pinch hitter Thomas Neal flied out.
Not to harp on new Cubs beat guy Mark Gonzales already, but I’m pretty sure this year is already defined as “blip” in Edwin Jackson’s career. In fact, his current WHIP is the same as it was in 2010, when Jackson went 10-12 and played for the White Sox, the Diamondbacks, and then ended up back with the White Sox. Jackson is one of those guys who seems to be good every OTHER year, and while he hasn’t been terrible this season. so we’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2014.
Speaking of things to look forward to, the up-and-coming Cubbies had themsleves a night last night:
Eric Jokisch, a former Northwestern standout, came off the seven-day disabled list to throw a no-hitter as Double-A Tennessee rolled to a 10-0 win at Jacksonville.
Jokisch, 24, a 6-foot-2 left-hander drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2010 draft, walked four and struck out eight. Jokisch beat Andrew Heaney, Miami’s first pick in the 2012 draft.
Did I mention Javy Baez went 4-6 for two doubles? Because Javy Baez went 4-6 with two doubles.
Lest watching the Cubs find new and interesting ways to blow leads (looking at you, DeJesus) isn’t doing it for you, keep an eye on the waiver wire. Jed Hoyer thinks the Cubs could be more active post-trade deadline than they were before it:
CHICAGO — Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday that while he expects the waiver trade period to be more active than the non-waiver period that expired with Wednesday’s Trade Deadline, it’s more a matter of luck than negotiation.
“I think it will be [more active],” Hoyer said. “But there’s a lot of luck involved with the waiver part. If the wrong team claims a guy and won’t give up any talent, you’re kind of stuck, so waiver deals can work out, but you can also get stuck and not be able to make a deal. So you never know, and that’s why you want deals in July.”
As far as players being sensitive to having their names in trade talk, Hoyer said that it’s more difficult with social media today, but players have to block trade talk out.
“I feel like with all the rumors and Twitter and everything, I think players have got to anticipate their names are going to be out there a little bit,” he said. “And it’s just kind of part of playing in a bigger market, and I don’t think you can worry about it too much.
Travis Wood and Cole Hamels duke it out tonight in Philly at 6 pm CT.