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Tick tick Boom! Cubs 3 Astros 1.

Tick tick Boom! Cubs 3 Astros 1.

The Cubs went from facing one of the best teams in baseball to facing one of the worst. And the results, as you might expect, were reversed. The Cubs got three solo home runs and a more than impressive start from Matt Garza as the Cubs cruised to a 3-1 victory in a game that was actually shorter than the rain delay that proceeded it. The first solo shot was by Anthony Rizzo, who tomahawked a Dallas Keuchel pitch into the party porch in right field. Next inning, it was Uber-muscles himself, Darwin Barney. Not wanting to be outdone, Scott Hairston hit his bi-monthly home run in the following inning. And from there it was all Garza. Let's stay in and order Chinese.

NOT BY THE HAIR OF MY CHINNY CHIN CHIN.

Garza was outstanding in a performance I'm sure will be chalked up to facing the Astros. Still, you can only pitch to whoever the competition is. And boy did Garza pitch. Spotting his fastball and mixing his pitches to the tune of 8 IP, 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 8K. The only gaffe being a Chris Carter home run ( you know.....in case you were wondering where Chris Carter eventually wound up.) Garza was 91 pitches through 8 and probably could have finished the game. But once Jose Altuve walked, Sveum went to his closer and Gregg was more than efficient. With trading season about to be kicked into high gear, you can guarantee that reports and statlines on both Garza and Gregg will be sent around the league. They will probably then be pock marked with asterisks as it was against a less than fortunate Astro squad.

IT'S EVOLUTION BABY

So Barney had himself a time today. Darwin went 3 for 4 with a home run. Barney has a very respectable .271/.358/.424 against lefties. And seeing how this team hits lefties, well, I certainly have no problem with DB leading off the game against southpaws.

DEAD HORSE UPDATE

Castro went 1-for 4 today. The one hit being a ground rule double into the Ivy. Castro also had a fielding error. But he faced a team high 21 pitches today. ( As opposed to Rizzo, who faced 8 in as many AB's.) Castro might be hiding a minor injury as he seems to be shrugging his right arm a lot. And if we're giving out passes due to "long view" and "giant turnarounds" then I have to think that as Castro does take more pitches and work himself into more hitter's counts, that the long view outlook for #13 is just as bright.

So that was worth waiting for. While the Astros are a AAAA squad, give or take an A, it beats getting the life knocked out of you by the Redbirds.  And since the Astros featured something that's like kryptonite to the Cubs- a lefty with change up and a pulse, you're more than happy for the win. Bud Norris vs. Travis Wood tomorrow. Minor league report might be a little late as John and Tom are rocking out at Hot Stove Cool music tonight. Until then....Onwards.

 

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  • Nice to see Theo's & Jed's old teams in the pennant race.....

    Time to ignore Castro and his slump......we are beating a dead horse here....

    Time to count down the final starts for Garza & Feldman....

    Here is a thought....Villanuava, Russell And Gregg could all get traded....and Marmol could still be with us.

    I can see the Red Sox rebounding after last year, but the Padres are better than the Cubs!

  • Lillibridge to the Yanks.....

    Open the Gates of Hell and let us rid more of the mistakes of Theo & Jed.....and Jim Hendry.

  • Always good to see the Cubbies beat up on the Lastros. And I'm not so certain the Pads are better than the Cubs- our run differential is similar and the Cubs play in a tougher division.

  • Seeing as how I picked the Padres to win the West, i see no shame in being worse than the Padres. Their lineup is filled with young dynamic hitters, their pitching is underrated, they have a very smart manager. No shame in being worse than them.

    Was fun seeing the Cubs get back to playing better baseball.

  • In reply to felzz:

    Did you really pick the Padres to win the West? First, what were you drinking, and second, anybody but the Yankees West.

  • Glad to see Garza rebounding from his injury. I may be one of the last ones, but I hope they actually don't trade Garza and sign him to an extension... but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

    Hilarious to see Barney turning on the power this week. Looks like he ate his Wheaties.

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    Anyone care to guess what Garza was saying to his glove as he walked to the dugout in the 9th?

    I'd like to think it was something along the lines of, "Thank God he's not bring Marmol in to relieve me."

  • I know it was the Lastro's... but Garza actually looked pretty good. His "stuff" was on and he commanded it pretty well. Which is what the scouts will be looking at. Even the lone HR from HOU, wasn't a bad pitch, outside corner at the knee and he goes yard?... tip your hat to him.

    So who closes if we move save-bot?

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    "So who closes if we move save-bot?"

    Unless somebody is moved up from the minors - it looks like the options would be *gasp* Marmol, or you give Henry Rodriguez a shot at it. Rodriguez was an occasionally effective reliever for the Nats a few seasons back - although he does tend to suffer from the BB bug like Marmol at times.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    We have some nice power arms in AA/AAA that will be back end of the BP types soon. But they aren't ready yet. IMO, Dolis is the best candidate and we've seen enough of him to know he's not a finished product yet.

    Rodriguez & Marmol by committee?... I just puked a little bit in my mouth.

    I'm all for moving Gregg if we get something of value. But our BP already sucks. I'm sure we'll get a piece or two in trades. But no closers, those will be dealt to contenders.

  • Buster Olney tweeted Orioles looking at Garza. What could be expected in a trade with them

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    In reply to Ike03:

    They won't trade Gausman or Bundy. So the answer to your question is essentially, "nothing." It's a top heavy system. Beyond those two, they have little in the way of pitching that would help the Cubs immediately.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I tend to agree, but if the Orioles are serious about acquiring him, it's hard to see how they don't part with one of those two arms. Interesting development.

  • I was just about to say the same thing Mr. Caldwell. The one person who could tell us is currently singing with Theo at the Metro......or so I'd like to think.

  • How about Matt Garza & Kevin Gregg to the Orioles for a package of :

    Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP (A+) Age: 20 Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200
    Orioles 4th ranked prospect & best pitching prospect not named Bundy or Gausman.

    Mike Wright - RHP (AA) Age: 23 Height: 6' 6", Weight: 215
    O's 9th ranked prospect is a bit old for AA but still has good upside.

    Michael Ohlman - C (A+) Age: 22, Height: 6' 4", Weight: 205
    Decent Catching prospect who still has a chance to put it together.

    Maybe the Birds throw in a lesser prospect or 2 to make the deal happen. Would people be happy with that? I think it would be a solid deal for both clubs.

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I had the same trade with out Ohlman for Barney and Feldman.

    I still think that Garza is going to get you someone in a teams top 5 and maybe a top 100 prospect.

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I doubt the O's want Kevin Gregg back,, they just released him last year I believe..nice to see a trade chip enhanc ehis value today, but i'm thinking that James Russell will be gone this deadline as well and net us some bigtime value as well

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Rodriguez has a quirky delivery, which makes scouts think he might not hold up as a starter, but he has good stuff, and that delivery makes him deceptive. His upside is as a #2 starter, but remember, he is still in A-ball.

    Wright's upside is as a #3 starter, and he is in AA. He is a four pitch pitchers who sometimes has command issues. He's almost certainly on the Cubs' radar.

    Ohlman isn't even in their top 30 anymore, and doesn't do anything for me. Ty Kelly would be a great throw in for me. I know he's to old to really be a prospect anymore at 25, but he is a switch-hitter with plate discipline and some pop, and he plays multiple positions. He looks like he could be a solid utility player.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    But here is the thing Ghost Dawg, you might get that for Feldman, especially is you throw someone else in with him. I think you can do better for Garza, especially if he keeps pitching like he did yesterday.

    It's not that what you propose is a bad package. It's that their might be better packages out there. Baltimore is a fall back for me when it comes to Garza.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I think we get a top 50'ish SP prospect plus ? for Garza

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Seems to me like the Greinke for Segura/Pena/Hellweg deal should be the expectation. Garza may not be quite as good as Greinke, but he's the best generally available pitcher on the market. So, 1 top 50ish guy and one or two more with high upside.

  • Yes,... it was against the Astros,.... but Garza looked good tonight - Gregg was his usual version of efficient,... the defense held up,.... and they got just enough offense to pull it out.

    Part of me still would not mind seeing Garza in a Cubs uniform next season,.... but it may be time to try & "sell high". And if some contender makes a decent offer for Gregg,.... move that waiver-wire 'stud' without hesitation.

    Barney's average is finally starting to shift towards respectability too.

    Hey,... a clean win is a clean win.

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