Results tagged ‘ Matt Garza ’

7/10 Cubs vs. Cardinals

The Cubs close out the first half with a four-game series against the Cardinals, starting Thursday. Here are the pitching matchups and game times. Please note the strange times:

Thursday, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78)
Friday, 3:05 p.m. CT: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (0-3, 4.15)
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. CT: RHP Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67)
Sunday, 7:05 p.m. CT: LHP Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30)

7/8 Garza: “I like being a Cub”

Matt Garza has dealt with trade rumors since his first year in pro ball, and has learned to shrug them off.

“At least you’re wanted,” the Cubs pitcher said. “It could be the other way, where they’re like, ‘This guy, I don’t want him.’ It’s a compliment. If it happens, my phone will ring and that’ll be it. It hasn’t rung and I’m happy to be a Cub.”

There were reports Monday that the Cubs were talking to Garza about a possible long-term contract, but it’s more likely that the right-hander will be dealt by the July 31 Trade Deadline. The key will be whether the Cubs get the top prospects they want in return. The Cubs have already been busy, trading Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger and Scott Hairston.

“[An extension] is always on the table,” Garza said. “I voiced my opinion about how I love it here. My family loves it here. It’s always something you think about. I don’t know which route they’re going to go.”

How real is an extension?

“As real as a trade,” Garza said. “Trades are just rumors like everything else. An extension talk, I’m part of, I know for a fact where it’s at. It’s always a possibility, man, 50-50.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to my decision if I want an extension, and a trade, it’s obviously [the Cubs’]decision,” he said. “I like being a Cub, I want to get this team to October and win it here. Like I’ve said before, it’d be one [heck] of a party. I’m just going to get ready for every five days.”

So, what uniform is he wearing on Aug. 1?

“I’m hoping the Cubs, but I don’t even look that far,” Garza said. “What’s today, the 8th? Probably the 13th will be the next day I look at.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Cubs 8, White Sox 2

If this was Matt Garza’s last start with the Cubs, he gave some teams plenty to think about. Alfonso Soriano hit solo home run, a double and stole two bases, and Luis Valbuena drove in three runs to back Garza and lift the Cubs to an 8-2 Interleague victory Monday over the White Sox to complete a sweep of the rain-delayed intracity series.

The Cubs had already won the first three games of this crosstown series, and this was a makeup game of the May 28 rained out contest. They posted their first winning season series over the White Sox since going 5-1 in 2007. It’s the first sweep by either the Cubs or White Sox since the teams began a home-and-away format in 1999.

Garza, the subject of trade rumors since Spring Training, scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out six. The right-hander has given up just four earned runs over 37 innings in his last five starts for an 0.97 ERA. He made a grand entrance, delaying the game briefly in the first as he walked from the bullpen to the dugout. There were at least eight scouts who waited out the 29-minute rain delay to see Garza as well as others.

There were reports Monday that the Cubs were talking to Garza about a possible long-term contract but it’s more likely that the right-hander will be dealt by the July 31 Trade Deadline. The key will be whether the Cubs get the top prospects they want in return. The Cubs have already been busy, trading Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger, and Scott Hairston. Who’s next?

“You can’t really worry about that,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I’m sure it’s in guys’ heads. Whoever is here, whoever is in the lineup has to play that day. We have to continue to grow and get better and win.”

Dave Sappelt had a career high four hits, including two RBI singles. The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth, and outscored the White Sox, 32-8, in the four games, to improve to 12-6 in Interleague play.

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Welington Castillo was scratched from the lineup because he was ill. Luis Valbuena will be the Cubs’ designated hitter on Monday when they meet the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game. Starlin Castro is leading off for the third time this season. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Navarro C
Valbuena DH
Barney 2B
Sappelt RF
Borbon CF

Garza P

7/8 Matt Garza rumors

Matt Garza has been rumored to be traded since Spring Training. Could the Cubs keep the right-hander and sign him to a long-term deal?’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs have talked to Garza’s agents about a possible long-term contract. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the Cubs and Garza have had recent talks. Rosenthal reported that signing Garza has always been one of the Cubs’ options. The team also could make him a one-year qualifying offer at the end of the season.

Garza is considered the top pitcher available on the trade market, and there is still time before the July 31 deadline for teams to make a deal with the Cubs. One scout told that because Garza will be a free agent at year’s end, and a possible short-term rental, teams don’t want to give up top top prospects in exchange. The Cubs, obviously, are looking for top prospects.

The Rangers, Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Giants, Padres, Nationals and Cardinals all need starting pitching, and the number of scouts has increased each time Garza pitches. Garza, who is making $10.25 million this year, will be a free agent after this season, and could demand a deal similar to what Anibal Sanchez got — five years, $80 million.

Garza will be on the mound Monday night when the Cubs face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game.

— Carrie Muskat

7/7 Garza rumors

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers were interested in Matt Garza last season, and nearly acquired him at the Trade Deadline. However, Garza had a stress reaction in his right elbow, and he didn’t pitch after July 21. The Rangers instead dealt for Ryan Dempster. The Rangers are reportedly pursuing Garza again this year. The right-hander is healthy, and will make his 10th start on Monday against the White Sox. He’s given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.

7/7 Interleague matchups

The Cubs wrap up Interleague play this week, facing the White Sox in a makeup game on Monday and then playing host to the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Matt Garza (4-1, 3.45) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.57)

7/3 Cubs lineup

Matt Garza takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to even their Interleague series against the Athletics. Here’s the lineup:

Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Soriano DH
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
Borbon CF

Garza P

* At the halfway point of the season, the Cubs are 35-46, an improvement on last year’s 31-50 record. This year, the Cubs have a -11 run differential through 81 games compared to a -71 run differential through 81 games in 2012. Also, Chicago’s team OPS of .707 this year is a slight improvement on last year’s .684 mark through 81 games. The Cubs have hit 20 more home runs at this point compared to last year (87 vs. 67) and have scored 39 more runs (337 to 298).

* The Cubs’ team ERA of 3.97 is nearly a half run lower than last year’s 4.37 ERA through 81 games. Cubs starting pitchers have a 3.82 ERA through 81 games this season after posting a 4.32 ERA at this point last year, while the bullpen has a 4.32 ERA through 81 games this year, lower than the 4.47 ERA through 81 games last year.

* Cubs designated hitters are batting .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and a 1.244 OPS in seven games this season.

6/30 Chance of trade: 50-50

Asked if he expected the Cubs to make a deal before the All-Star break, Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations said Sunday the chances are “50-50.”

“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on, I would say the number of pieces we potentially have available and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50,” Epstein said.

Matt Garza and Scott Feldman are drawing interest for teams looking for another starter, while teams also have inquired about closer Kevin Gregg, who blew his first save opportunity in 13 opportunities on Saturday. The interest — and rumors — will continue up until the July 31 Trade Deadline.

There also have been reports that teams are inquiring about Nate Schierholtz but Epstein may be hard pressed to part with the outfielder, who has moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

“He’s exceeded our expectations with the overall quality at-bats,” Epstein said of Schierholtz. “To hit him in the three-hole, he does a nice job. He can handle different kinds of pitching, give you a tough at-bat. He’s a threat to go deep if they make a mistake, runs the bases well, he’s been really reliable defensively. He’s done a nice job.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/30 Looking ahead …

After an off day Monday, the Cubs play their first games ever in Oakland, beginning a three-game series on Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.46) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.85)vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.27)