The Choice (and remember, death is not an option):
Jose Veras closing games for the Cubs or Edwin Jackson starting them?
At least the Cubs are willing to look at other closer options. Veras can just sit there while the likes of Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm give it a shot on those rare opportunities when there’s a save to be had.
At least the Cubs realize that mistake and want to change it. Why doesn’t that apply to Jackson?
Jackson signed a ridiculous free-agent deal last season and then went 8-18, the biggest waste of free-agent money since Adam Dunn.
And now Jackson is worse.
On Sunday in St. Louis, Jackson was staked to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but gave it up and more in two innings. Thanks for playing our game, Mr. $52 Million Starter.
After the Cubs tied it up, Jackson immediately gave the lead back to the dreaded Cardinals, and the Cubs would go on to lose. Again. Of course.
Jackson has walked more batters than anybody on the Cubs staff and has given up more hits than innings pitched. Just to clarify: not a good thing.
His 6.19 ERA was 92nd in the majors Tuesday, while his 1.88 WHIP ranked 95th. But it’s early. Jackson easily could be No. 120 in both categories as the season plays out.
Just to show that his lousy pitching last season wasn’t a fluke, Jackson is getting smacked around for a .328 opponents’ batting average.
For those of you scoring at home, or thinking of sticking a pencil in your eyes, Jackson’s ERA, WHIP and OBA are worse than his horrible 2013. Jackson apparently has his own ideas of a pitcher’s triple crown.
Remember how you thought this season couldn’t be worse than Jackson’s nauseating 2013?
Nope. Sorry. Wrong. Welcome to the new “Cubs Way.’’
Is Theo Epstein going to waste this kind of money on a regular basis? Because if this is an example of how Epstein is going to plunge big money into the free-agent market when the Cubs are ready to win, then the Cubs won’t win for another century.
Look, we all know the Cubs never planned on winning anything this season. The Cubs knew it, too, despite Tom Ricketts’ crazed spring training pronouncement that showed he needs a clue and an optometrist more than he needs an agreement with rooftop owners.
But even an understanding that the team will stink brings the expectation that it will show progress.
But no. There’s no hope with Jackson. No hope that he’ll get better or get out of the rotation.
The rookie manager doesn’t care what a disaster Jackson has been. The rookie manager doesn’t care that we’re in Year 2 of this idiocy. The rookie manager apparently is happy just to have innings eaten up.
That’s what the Cubs paid $52 million for? Eating innings? Now I know why the Cubs aren’t spending money on payroll: They’ve purchased the world’s supply of stupid gas.
If eating innings is the plan, then let’s see, 150 games remaining this season, 162 games next season, another 162 in 2016 and 2017, times nine innings equals, tap, tap tap, 5,724 innings -- 5,724 innings the Cubs have to eat up before they might contend.
I’m all for Jackson pitching every single wasted inning until his arms falls off. Except it looks like it already has.
The rookie manager ought to demand that the failed, expensive starter protect leads and pitch like a veteran.
But no. The rookie manager supports Jackson and will continue to run him out there. So there you go:
The rookie manager already hates Cubs fans. Thanks, Ricky. Back at ya.Copyright © 2015, RedEye