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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)
Matt Garza takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to even their Interleague series against the Athletics. Here’s the lineup:
* 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.
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
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)
Dioner Navarro belted a three-run homer to back Matt Garza and power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Thursday over the Brewers to win their first series at Miller Park since Sept. 10-12, 2010.
Garza gave the many scouts in attendance something to think about. The right-hander, who seems to be the subject of trade rumors every season, now has given up two earned runs over 22 innings in his last three outings. Garza appeared to be in total command as he struck out 10, and did not give up a hit until Aramis Ramirez blooped a single to center with one out in the fourth. For the game, the right-hander scattered eight hits over seven innings.
It helps to get some offense. Ryan Sweeney singled to open the second against Wily Peralta, stole second, and moved up on a wild pitch before scoring on Brian Bogusevic’s perfectly placed double down the left field line. One out later, Darwin Barney dribbled a single to right to score Bogusevic.
Sloppy play by the Brewers in the third led to four more Cubs runs. Starlin Castro led off with a single, stole second and scored on a fielding error by left fielder Caleb Gindl, who muffed Sweeney’s fly ball. One out later, Bogusevic reached on an error by first baseman Juan Francisco, who couldn’t handle third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s throw, and Navarro followed with his seventh home run to open a 6-0 lead. All four runs in the inning were unearned.
Garza helped himself in the fourth, hitting his second single of the game before eventually scoring on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice fly.
The Cubs and Brewers square off in the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday at Miller Park. Matt Garza gets the start, and yes, he’s matched up with catcher Dioner Navarro. Brian Bogusevic will make his second straight start in left field for the Cubs. He was 2-for-4 on Wednesday, but on base four times, reaching on an error, walk and two singles. He also stole a base. Dale Sveum has said Alfonso Soriano will be the DH in the Cubs’ upcoming games at AL West ballparks.
Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs will try to win their first series at Miller Park since taking two of three from the Brewers, Sept. 10-12, 2010.
The Trade Deadline is July 31, and the Cubs are open for business. GM Jed Hoyer said he and Theo Epstein have talked to every other general manager in the last four, five days about possible deals.
“The phone calls ramp up this time of year,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “In some ways, it’s an invigorating time of year because there is a lot of action going on and a lot of things going on.”
One National League scout at Miller Park joked that he saw the “garage sale” sign and wanted to see what was available. Matt Garza and Scott Feldman will likely draw the most interest from teams looking for starting pitchers. Feldman starts Wednesday, Garza on Thursday. Expect more scouts at Miller Park for those days.
“He’s a big part of this team right now, and throwing the ball well,” Hoyer said of Garza. “I’m happy for Matt that he feels as good as he does about how he’s pitching, and how he’s feeling. We’re not going to discuss whether we’re talking about an extension or trade.”
– Carrie Muskat
After an off day Monday, the Cubs begin a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Milwaukee. The trip will include Interleague games in Seattle and Oakland. Here are the pitching matchups against the Brewers:
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-9, 5.49) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (2-6, 3.68)
Wednesday: RHP Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09)
Thursday: RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 4.25) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.59)
In his last two starts, Matt Garza has given up one earned run over 15 innings. Dioner Navarro was his catcher both games, but Cubs manager Dale Sveum doesn’t want to play favorites. In Garza’s five previous starts, Welington Castillo was behind the plate, and the pitcher was 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA. The right-hander was roughed up in his last outing with Castillo on June 11, giving up nine runs over five innings.
“I’m not going to sit here and say [Navarro] is his personal catcher,” Sveum said Saturday. “It worked out that way. I really wanted ‘Welly’ to catch all four games in St. Louis to kind of just be involved with [Yadier Molina], the best catcher in baseball, to see the similarities, to compete against the best guy in baseball because we want ‘Welly’ to get to that level, or somewhat near it. I really wanted him to play those four games against the Cardinals, so the schedule panned out to where Navarro would get [Garza].”
Sveum said he can tell Garza is comfortable with Navarro. The two were teammates in Tampa from 2008-10. But Sveum doesn’t like the idea of a personal catcher because it sends a bad message to Castillo, who the Cubs consider their No. 1 guy. The Cubs also want Garza to perform at his best.
“When a guy’s on the mound, no matter what, it’s still whatever you want to call it, it’s his game,” Sveum said. “That’s why starting pitching is where everything starts at and you still want those guys to be comfortable.”
If Castillo continues to work four days on, one off, it seems that Navarro will be matched up again with Garza for his next start in Milwaukee.
“I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s not a thought [to pair them together], but only if it works out,” Sveum said. “I’m not going to put [Navarro] in there for that reason.”
Garza can work with other catchers. When he threw his no-hitter July 26, 2010, for the Rays against the Tigers, Kelly Shoppach was the catcher.
– Carrie Muskat
Matt Garza’s Spring Training is finally over. The Cubs right-hander, who began the year on the disabled list and didn’t make his first start until May 21, held the Astros to one run over eight plus innings in a 3-1 rain-delayed Interleague victory Friday.
Anthony Rizzo belted a monster leadoff home run in the fourth, Darwin Barney had three hits and needed a triple to complete the cycle, and Scott Hairston added a solo shot in the sixth to power the Cubs, now 7-2 against American League teams this year.
Garza set season highs in innings pitched and strikeouts, and posted his third quality start and second ina row. Among the four hits off the right-hander was a leadoff home run by Chris Carter in the seventh.
“His fastball had life and [he had] command of it, down and away, and in,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He got his ground balls. His slider got better as the game went on. He did a great job.”
Garza may have done too well. In his last two starts, he’s given up one earned run over 15 innings. There were plenty of scouts who waited out the three hour, 18 minute rain delay at the start of the game to see the Cubs pitcher in person. The Trade Deadline isn’t that far away.
“You don’t want to lose a guy who can give up one run in his last 15 innings,” Sveum said. “Obviously, it’s a business, and that’s not part of my business.”
Garza has been rumored to be dealt his entire career. This year is no different.
“I’m looking forward to the next five days,” Garza said, staying focused on the task at hand. “I think I face Milwaukee in Milwaukee and I’ll be ready.”
He was matched up for the second straight game with catcher Dioner Navarro, who was his teammate in Tampa, rather than Welington Castillo.
“[Garza] better listen to me,” Navarro said, laughing.
Navarro then complemented Castillo for the job he’s done. Bottom line, Garza is the one on the mound.
“I’ve got nothing to do with it — he’s the one pitching and he’s the one throwing the ball,” Navarro said.
Garza missed a chance for a complete game after he walked Jose Altuve to open the ninth. Kevin Gregg took over, and closed things out for his 11th save in as many opportunities.
– Carrie Muskat