Many baseball fans will recognize that line from a famous poem, “Casey at the Bat” all though I changed it to Pittsburgh. It’s kind of fitting that on the last game of the series to occurrences happened:
1. Edwin Jackson was on the mound.
2. It rained.
The Pirates handed the Cubs a 4-2 loss yesterday. With the loss, the Cubs have lost four in a row.
“He obviously wasn’t real sharp,” Dale Sveum said. “He didn’t come out with a whole lot of velocity at the beginning either. Andrew McCutchen took advantage of a hanging slider and another fastball as well. There wasn’t a whole lot of life coming out of that arm today.”
Leave it to Dale Sveum to keep it real. Gotta’ love him.
“Just certain things you can’t explain,” Sveum said, “other than just not being able to put games away and (not) hitting with men in scoring position and getting that run in, getting a big inning here and there. We’re just snakebit on that. We’re not getting that kind of stuff done.”
“Leaving it up in the zone is just not finishing through,” Jackson said. “There were a couple times I jumped out and rushed a little bit. By the third inning, I was able to make the adjustment. I just have to do a better job of finding that earlier in the game.”
So listen, I think Edwin should go to the bullpen and put Villanueva in. At least for a few games.
Move Starlin Castro to the lead off and drop David Dejesus to the second spot.
I believe just a little tinkering here and there might just do the trick.
It might just bring joy to Chicago.
The Cubs are off to Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Reds. Game time tonight is 7:10 eastern.