Today after work I’ll be working on my petition to send the Chicago Cubs to the American League. They managed to not blow a six-run lead yesterday in Seattle and beat the Mariners 7-6. They are now 10-4 against the American League so far this season. Compare that with 11-25 against the NL Central, and you’ll realize that the problem isn’t the bullpen or any of the other things we gripe about on a regular basis, it’s that the Cubs should be playing in the American League.
As for yesterday’s game, Edwin Jackson pitched well enough and the bullpen barely held on. While we’ve talked about Edwin’s bad luck so far in this season, Dale Sveum wants to see more consistent velocity out of the struggling starter.
“It’s been a very inconsistent first half,” Sveum said of Jackson. “The fastball command, the velocity are what bothers me as much as anything. Some days it comes out 97-[mph], and other days it comes out 90, 92. We need that guy to let it go.”
Yesterday was one of the days it came out 97.
“For me, [velocity] is [velocity],” Jackson said. “I’ve had games when I’ve come out and hit 96, 97, and gotten hit. It’s the best of both worlds. If you can come out and have the velo and have the location with it, it’s great. The days you can come out and let it go, it’s definitely not a problem to have. You can come out and attack hitters.”
I wonder what Edwin said there instead of velocity. Speed? Fastness? Something vulgar?
The news wasn’t all good out of Seattle yesterday, as we learned that Ryan Sweeney broke a rib running into the wall on Saturday. We were just beginning to appreciate his beauty and now he’s been taken from us.
“It’s unfortunate,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re losing a big part of our offense. It’s unfortunate for him, too. He’s trying to get his career going, getting a chance to play every day, and it stinks when those things happen to guys like that.”
We also learned that there’s a decent chance the Cubs will make a trade before the All Star Break.
Asked if he expected the Cubs to make a deal before the All-Star break, Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations said Sunday the chances are “50-50.”
“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on, I would say the number of pieces we potentially have available and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50,” Epstein said.
Who will it be? Nate Schierholtz? Matt Garza? Scott Feldman? Kevin Gregg?