Well, the Cubs are slowly starting to look more like…cubs. On Sunday, before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cubs called up minor league outfielder Brett Jackson and third baseman Josh Vitters, while moving utility player Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers. With the earlier promotion of first baseman Anthony Rizzo and his fair amount of success, more than a few Cubs fans were clamoring for the Cubs to fully commit to a youth movement and call up anyone to the major league roster who doesn’t completely stink.
Jackson had a good debut, going 2 for 4 with a run scored…but then followed that performance by notching a golden sombrero against the Padres the next day. While current Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is more than likely not going to hold down the hot corner for the next decade, Vitters still hasn’t supplanted him, and by the looks of some on Twitter, this is displeasing.
Starting pitcher Matt Garza has been placed on the disabled list, and there are some fears that he may not pitch for the rest of the 2012 season, which would obviously make it impossible to trade him this season. It would also make it even more difficult to move him in the winter. Leftfielder Alfonso Soriano continues to hit at a decent clip, Shark keeps plugging along, and one of the better stories of the 2012 season, Bryan LaHair, now finds himself on the bench, with Rizzo manning first and Jackson essentially taking his spot in the outfield, playing centerfield.
The Cubs won game one of a four-game set against the visiting Cincinnati Reds yesterday, 5-3. Today’s first pitch was scheduled at 1:20 CT. Hurling for the Cubs is righty Justin Germano (1-1, 2.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP). Opposing him will be northpaw Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA, 1.36 ERA). Go Cubs.