In this long, draining season, we’ve many feats of ineptitude by the Chicago Cubs. One thing we have yet to see is the Cubs being swept by a team with a worse record. One of the reasons is because there aren’t many teams with a worse record, but we may see that today. After last night’s less-than-stellar showing, they’re on the brink of a series sweep to the Miami Marlins. Take it away, Edwin Jackson:
“This definitely has been a disappointing season,” Jackson said Tuesday after taking his fourth straight loss, this time to the Miami Marlins. “Every lesson is a lesson learned. You either accept and become complacent with it or you find ways to bounce back. I have three more years here I hope.
“When you have a season like this, it makes you definitely look forward to coming back and bouncing back the next three years.”
We’ll be eager to see a bounce back, Edwin. While Edwin’s traditional stat line looks atrocious (7-15, 4.91), his advanced stats look much better. His FIP is 3.68, he has the second highest ground ball rate of his career (51.6%) and he’s been worth 2.0 WAR. The most recent number I could find that assigned a monetary value to WAR was $4.92 million/WAR. So if we push that up just a bit and assume that each WAR is worth $5 million, then Edwin Jackson’s $13 million salary doesn’t look quite so bad this year. The last Cubs pitcher to lose 15 games in a season was Greg Maddux in 2005. So maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on him.
In the good news department from last night, rookie lefty Zach Rosscup came in and struck out the first batter he faced.
“I said, ‘Are you done shaking now?’” Sveum said. “He said, ‘Why? Was it noticeable?’ He did a nice job.”
Rosscup’s phone was overloaded with text messages from family and friends.
“My mom was probably dancing at the house,” Rosscup said. “‘Tears of joy,’ she said.”
Rosscup was a throw-in from Tampa Bay in the Matt Garza trade, so that’s nice to see.
The Cubs will attempt to move one game closer to the Marlins today in the race for a higher pick in the 2014 draft. They’re currently 5.5 games behind the Marlins for the second pick and 1.5 behind the White Sox for the third pick. No one will catch the Astros in their quest to get the first pick for the third consecutive year. Pitching for the Marlins today is Bryan Flynn. He’s a lefty making his Major League debut today after a 7-12 record with a 2.63 ERA between AA and AAA. Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13) takes the mound for the Cubs.
In late breaking news, the Cubs have DFA’d Michael Bowden and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Chang-Yong Lim from Iowa. He’s the 37-year-old Korean the Cubs signed to a two-year minor league contract before the season.
Would anyone else rather see Junior Lake hitting second and Darwin Barney not? Anyway, game time is 1:20 Central and should you care enough to watch, the game will be on CSN.