Posted on 23 March 2015 by Lou
The Cubs have started to play a lot better over the last week and a half, but Sunday was not meant to be. Jason Hammel had his best spring outing – 9 strikeouts in 5 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits. But it was not enough — as Padres’ starter James Shields stymied the Cubs with 5 hitless innings.
Despite the loss, the Cubs have won 7 out of 10 and have been competitive in just about every game during this 2 week stretch. They now sit in the middle of the Cactus League standings with a 9-11 record.
The Cubs have an off-day today, before squaring off against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday afternoon. Edwin Jackson will get a chance to prove to Manager Joe Maddon that he deserves a spot in the rotation. Right now, Travis Wood appears to be the front-runner for that spot, but anything can happen during the last 10 days of spring ball. We may also see top prospect Kris Bryant in left field at some point during the contest.
We’ll keep you posted if anything else develops.
Go Cubs Go!
Posted on 20 December 2012 by Lou
What — the Cubs are close to signing Edwin Jackson to a 4-year, $52 million deal? This does not make any sense at all. What happened to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer building from within and building for the future. Jackson is 29 years old. He went 10-11 with a 4.03 in a pitcher-friendly Nationals Park pitching against weak NL East opponents like the New York Mets, Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. He has a career 4.40 ERA with a 70-71 record. His best season came 5 years ago when he went 14-11 with the Tampa Rays and a “sparkling” 4.42 ERA? All these stats warrant a $13 million dollar deal from the Cubs. It’s not like the Cubs are going to be doing anything in 2013 and maybe not even 2014. So way waste $26 million a guy for 2 lost seasons. Especially given all the other cost-cutting moves that the Cubs have made since Theo & Co. took over back in November 2011, this move really doesn’t make any sense at all to me.
I guess he has started at least 31 games in every season since 2007, so he is durable. And I guess this gives them some flexibility to move a Matt Garza at the trading deadline next season to bring back some more pitching prospects, but Cubs brass is really going to have to work to convince me that this was the right move for the Cubs to make at this juncture…