Like I blister in the sun. Cubs 7 Brewers 2

Maybe the Cubs woke up from their nap.  Or perhaps they had enough bad water downed beer and just got pissed off. Whatever the reason, the Cubs realized they were playing the Brewers and treated them as such. Dioner Navarro hit a three run home run and Matt garza was simply outstanding in what could be his final game as a Cub. Throw in one of the worst performances in left field by Brewer Caleb Gindil, and it adds up to a 7-2 smashing of the Duds from the Suds. The Cubs hit Wily Peralta ( Super Genius) early and often. Brian Bogusevic continues to hit since being called up from Iowa, singling home Ryan Sweeney. Bogusevic would would later score on a Darwin Barney infield single. In the third, Starlin Castro singled, (good sign), stole second (Gooder sign) and then scored when Caleb Gindil decided to chase his tail in left field instead of catching the ball. That set up Dioner Navarro's home run and despite giving up a third home run to Juan Francisco in as many games, the game was over and you can cue the laugh trax.


Well if that was Matt garza's last start as a Cub, he will be leaving on a pretty good note. Garza struck out 10 while only allowing one run in seven innings of work. Garza's curve was uber-impressive and most Brewers were simply swining at a rumor. And when the Brewers got runners on like they did in Garza's final farm, he simply buckled down and pitched his way out of it. Blake Parker, James Russell, and Shawn Camp made the last two innings harder than they needed to be but got through them nonetheless.


So outfielders Brian Bogusevic, Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz weren't on the team in 2012. And they're more than likely not going to be part of the Cubs in 2014. ( Save maybe Ryan Sweeney.) But they're 2 for 2 as an outfield. Granted it's against this sorry team. And tougher tests lay out west. But it's refreshing to see an athletic, versatile. outfield. This will most likely be the "look" of future Cub outfields going forward. Almost any outfielder could play any outfield position. Pretty neat.


They saw Matt Garza live up to every possible good thing written about him. I highly doubt "the price goes up" on Garza, but it sure as heck should embolden Epstoyer to stay firm at whatever their asking price is. If one of the prospects acquired isn't in the starting lineup for 2014, I'm gonna be majorly disappointed. The line is last year's Garza's haul. If Epstoyer are the "World class" front office people we think they are ( Or I think they are...), then they should top it.

So a road series win. Yeeha. Now the Cubs travel out west to one of my favorite new parks in baseball- The Safe in Seattle. And there' will be no sign of King Felix anywhere. Hopefully the Cubs can get on a little roll here. Perhaps a win streak will take the players' mind off of all the trade talk buzzing around the team. It would be entirely welcomed. Onwards.





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  • I love the super genius nickname for Peralta. A series win against an NL Central team, on the road nonetheless. I'll take it.

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    Bogusevic could be part of the team, either as the 4th outfielder or as the placeholder in left. They seem to have found something there.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Schierholz, unless he is traded, definitely will be back next year.

    Though he signed a 1-year deal, he is still arb eligible in 2014, and at this point offering arb is a no-brainer.

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    In reply to Zonk:

    I'm assuming he gets moved for a nice return, but possibly not. I wouldn't be opposed to brining him back by any means. One hell of a find.

  • Think of all those bad contracts over the past years given to players like Soriano, Bradley, Marmol, Stewart, E Jackson, what was Garza's final contract numbers to Theo?........wait until Samardzija submits his contract demand to the Cubs......this time next year, we will all say bye-bye to Jeff......

    Cubs should include Navarro into any Garza trade to pick up an extra prospect......

    Garza got a way with a few high hanging curve doubt the scouts didn't miss that either......

    "Gooder Sign"...........looks like someone did not take up Journalism 101.........or English 101.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Gooder Sign was great line. It made me laugh. It's part of Felzzy's sense of humor.

  • In reply to Gerald:

    Oh is that what Felzz was trying to do!...... I see....

    That is like when Dale wanted us to cry, he puts Marmol in the 9th so he can blow a 3 run lead......

    and if Garza pitches another Cubs game, and gets hurt......that will make all of us throw-up I bet.....

    I would think a playoff team rather have a Garza now, to make 4 or 5 starts before the trade date ends.....

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Felzz is a poet. "Gooder" falls under poetic license. Write on, felzz!

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    Did you say something Hot Stove Cubbies?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Geez, if you didn't recognize the "gooder" line as humor, youz gots sum ishooz. I did, literally, LOL when i read it. Good stuff, Felzz!

    And, in any event, you're the last guy who should be criticizing anyone's grammar . . . . or punctuation. So please lighten up, CubsTalk!

  • Why wouldn't Bugosevic be on the team next year? I think he definitely has a chance to stick. He is 26 yrs old, and he will have every chance to prove that he can hack it in the major leagues the rest of this year. I for one, think he will succeed.

    He is arbitration eligible after this year, but he is cost controlled until 2018.

    We could have a starting outfield next year of Bugosevic, Sweeney, Lake which wouldn't be half bad, and very affordable for a rebuilding team.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I could live with that outfield,.... I would still love to see Schierholtz roaming around in RF though. I've started to like his style and substance.

    A versitile combo of Schierholtz, Sweeney, Bogusevic and Lake as a 1-2-3-4 in the OF would be fantaistic. Even better if one of them can spell Rizzo at 1B now and again.

  • It's quite possible that Bogusevic is back. Sweeney too. But I'm sure both players are looking for more security and if they play well they may find it from another team. The mets, let's say, could offer a 2 year deal to any of them. Will Epstoyer match? Top? Can't say. But it's fun watching them now....

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    In reply to felzz:

    Depends on what the money is, but I don't think they'd blanch at a 2 year deal. If nothing else, eminently flippable.

    It just occurred to me that Greinke had a ridiculously dominant game before being traded for Segura. May have just seen this year's version of that.

  • I think he is 29 not 26. Let the bidding begin very soon

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    oops, my bad

  • Hope they move Garza before his next start. Given what happened last year let's deal and move on.

  • In reply to ccia:

    Could not agree with. His last 2 starts were great, don't take any
    chances of 1 very bad game to happen.

  • An article the other day about how some guy in St.Louis gets mad when players make the sign of the cross behind the pitching mound.....saying not all ball players are religious.......might force the courts to stop that religious signage by Christian players.....

    then I read where the Seattle Mariners will fly the "Gay Rainbow" flag at their stadium.....well, not all ball players support Gay lifestyle. ......

    Don't you get sick of all this "Political Correctness" we hear each day?.......will the MLB follow the NFL rule of making women have only clear purses brought into the stadium?.....

    Seems the City of Chicago are still looking at the size of those new outfield signs...... those signs are a key factor of bringing in revenue for future Cubs development.........I do wish the Cubs tell the City Politicians and Wrigleyville to "Stick it up their Ass" and leave for the suburbs and a new stadium.

  • Just a heads up for folks wondering why Boise wasn't televising games this year:

    "... The company we used for that service is no longer with us and it was out of our budget to install our own cameras. We are looking into it for next season but unfortunately it won't happen for 2013."

  • Starting Pitching has been good all year. Cubs lead the league in extra base hits. Boggles my mind that this team isn't at least near .500. There are 29 games until the deadline. Going to be interesting if the Cubs go say 19-10 over that stretch. On days like today, this team looks like they're capable of putting together a stretch like that. The much maligned bullpen is pretty tight at the back end right now. Really, the only guys on the team that are having what I would call a bad year are Marmol (gone), Starlin, Jackson, Soriano, Rondon...The other 20 guys are doing a hell of a job. I'm hoping we can pull off a semi-miraculous sweep of Pittsburgh coming up and scare them into serving up Taillon! What sucks is that it'll probably be a year or more before he pitches the way Garza pitched today. Always a good day when the Cubs win.

  • Folks, lets make it clear, we're not getting Taillion.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    Oh. Thanks, Carl.

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    In reply to Carl9730:

    Carl, Pittsburgh maybe willing to go all in because it's been soooo long since theyve even been at 500...Don't be surprised, the Giants traded Zach Wheeler plus someone else for Carlos Beltran..They may not be willing to move him, but if they continue to improve the expectations will too and they may jump

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    In reply to Carl9730:

    Probably not, but going into last year I would have said there is zero chance Jean Segura is traded for a rental. If a bidding war erupts, and Pittsburgh thinks it can do it this year (their current record suggests they are competitive), they might go big.

    I don't think it will happen, but I also don't think you can completely write it off.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Exactly my thoughts. There's no reason to think the Pirates won't trade Tallion for a chance at the playoffs or even just finishing over .500. They have a great fanbase and a good system, if they could just make the playoffs the entire year would be a success for them and lead to bigger things like more revenue.

  • I would say Garza is right around the same impact level that Beltran was in 2011 when he netted Zack Wheeler. I would say Taillon is right around the same level that Wheeler was in 2011. Plus, he's not their only high level prospect. Plus he's not even their best pitching prospect. Plus the Pirates are a franchise that is desperate for a winner. Plus they have plenty of other young players playing at a high level. Plus maybe Taillon never pans out. I don't think its unreasonable at all that he gets dealt. His value to them right now is that he could net the top prize on the trade market and help them potentially win a world series in 2013. May never come to pass but certainly not unreasonable and it certainly wouldn't be unprecedented.

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    Probably nothing comes of this, but it is interesting:
    "Two starters, in particular, interest the D-Backs, according to sources. One, Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, is available. The other, Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, only could be had for an “overwhelming” package — and the two clubs have not engaged in discussions, sources say."

    I'd say any DBacks deal for Shark starts with Skaggs and Bradley. And that's just a start -- a lot of other talent has to be in that deal.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Skaggs, Bradley, Davisdson to start...

    Holmber, Jake Barrett, and Andrew Chaffin look like they'd be additional picks.

    Plus a couple of under-the-radar guys Theo/Jed/McLeod are familiar with.

    OH, and just on general principle, they have to include Randall Delgado.

    Yeah. yeah that sounds about right.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I really like Shark, but if the deal is right I think the Cubs better take it. With Shark being 28 and what could be a huge contract coming up he could be the best trade trip the Cubs have. From what I have read Skaggs alone could replace Samardzija and then fill the rest of the lineup with solid players just from one player.

  • In reply to rlh21:

    And by the right deal, I'm talking about 5-6 legit prospects just for Shark. I know this deal won't happen, but with the Cubs so deep in a rebuild nothing would surprise me.

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    In reply to rlh21:

    The return would dwarf what we gave up for Garza.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    It seems that right now building one of the best farm systems in baseball is priority number one for the Cubs, and the major league club is second. This sort of deal would skyrocket the farm system all the way to number one, just by trading one player. If, and I'm talking a huge if, this deal were to go through it would either be the best deal Theo ever makes or the worst. What it comes down to is what Theo values, and where he thinks Shark fits into this team 5 years from now, along with this team. If he sees Shark as the #1 starter for a team contending for a world series, keep him. If he see's him as a number 3, then trade him and get 2-3 young pitchers that profile as the number one starter on a world series team.

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    In reply to rlh21:

    There is no possible way this (theoretical) deal could be the worst trade Theo ever made.

    I'm not saying he DEFINITELY should, but if the deal is good enough for Theo to pull the trigger, it would take every diamondback player involved in the trade suffering career-ending injuries to look that bad.

    Shark isn't particularly young, and he's a strikeout pitcher whose best weapon is his fastball. And don't get me wrong, I LOVE Shark. I'm a Notre Dame/Cubs fan that lives in Valpo. But realistically, a couple years from now, he's going to start declining. And once a pitcher of his type starts, it's not unusual for that decline to gain momentum very quickly.
    As much as I like Shark, I already have serious concerns that just when it looks like we're set to make a run at the world serious, he'll have a period like Roy Halladay has had last year and this year. One *kinda* down year and then the wheels just completely fall off.

    Really, Shark is exactly what everyone wants in a #! pitcher. 6'5" 230lb pitcher that can blow your cap off with a fastball, but there's an argument there that Shark's next two seasons will be his best years and then the clock is ticking.

    I don't want to trade Shark. And there's very few teams that CAN trade for Shark. And ever fewer yet are contenders that would actually need to trade for Shark.

    But the D-backs are one of those teams. And it's all probably pretty irrelevant because the won't want to give up all those players for Shark.

    But it's interesting to think about. :)

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    I think Shark has a good chance to be good well into his 30s. Arm is still very fresh. He has an athletic, fluid delivery and he's a big strong guy. He's even still learning how to become a better pitcher. I don't think we're talking about the normal trajectory with him.

  • In reply to rlh21:

    If the return is 'good enough' - you should be willing to trade any player at any time,...

    Now - for Shark - the question is - what would be meant by 'good enough' or too good to pass on at least.

    It's a game - but it is a long-term strategy game and if you play it right you gotta think this way during a rebuild. Its a business too.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    I knew I was going to get blasted with some of the things I said, but oh well lol. The reason I said this could be the worst trade is because prospects are prospects and they haven't proven anything until they get on a MLB diamond. If the Cubs got 5 good players in a trade all could flounder and Shark could have 7 or more really good seasons of pitching, and if that were to happen the Cubs are up a certain creek without a paddle.

    Bottom line this trade isn't going to happen, unless the diamond backs send something to the Cubs that they cannot refuse. I'm a Shark fan, but anybody right now for the Cubs is trade-able.

  • Bijan Rademacher (@BijanRad24) tweeted at 11:15 PM on Thu, Jun 27, 2013:
    Headed to daytona, gonna miss my roommates @EddieOrozco21 @taylerscottsa

    Sounds like a promotion...fill in for Soler?

  • I'm not sure if a Violent Femmes song about self pleasure is the wisest title for an article about the Cubbies.

  • Well that do you celebrate Cub wins?....ha ha.

    Probably not. But I needed a Milwaukee band, used the Bodeans, and I've used Kiss Off and good feelings before. Like I always say, if you don't like that one, you'll probably hate the next one.

    All in good humor.

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