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* For the second straight game, catcher Dioner Navarro was matched up with Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. The two were teammates on the Rays, and Garza wasn’t happy with Welington Castillo after a June 11 game against the Reds when he gave up a season-high nine runs over five innings. Manager Dale Sveum said timing was more the reason Navarro was behind the plate Friday.
“It’s just a matter of having a quick turnover, playing two games in 24 hours, you’ve got to get Navarro in there,” Sveum said.
The Cubs played a night game in St. Louis Thursday, and had a day game Friday against the Astros. With Navarro in his last start Sunday against the Mets, Garza threw seven shutout innings.
* The Cubs are mulling possible roster moves, Sveum said. The team was carrying eight relievers, adding a pitcher after outfielder David DeJesus went on the disabled list last Saturday because of a sprained right shoulder.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs open a brief homestand Friday against the Astros, and it’s not the Astros of the past, but the new American League version. The Cubs are 6-2 this year against American League teams. Here’s the lineup, and note that Dioner Navarro is behind the plate for Matt Garza. Dale Sveum said the reason is because Welington Castillo had caught four days in a row, and it was a tough turnaround to play a day game after a night game.
The Cubs will play a familiar opponent on Friday, but the Astros now are part of the American League, and this will be an Interleague series. No DH — they’ll play National League rules. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 4.98) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (4-3, 4.23)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.74) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-7, 3.64)
Sunday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-7, 3.35) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (4-1, 3.22)
* After Sunday’s game in which he threw seven shutout innings, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said he hoped to be matched up with Dioner Navarro as his catcher in the future. Manager Dale Sveum wouldn’t guarantee that. He didn’t think the difference Sunday was the catcher, but Garza.
“I make of it a guy having command of his fastball,” Sveum said. “When you have command of your fastball down and away, in any kind of format in the big leagues, you’re going to have success.”
Welington Castillo had caught Garza’s five previous starts, including a game May 31 against the Diamondbacks, when the right-hander gave up two runs over seven innings and picked up the win.
“[Castillo] has caught the other guys pretty well,” Sveum said. “He’s done a great job. However it works out, it works out. Welington Castillo has put himself in a situation where he’s caught the [Scott] Feldman’s and the [Travis] Wood’s and the [Jeff] Samardzija’s great outings. The things he’s done for all these guys is well and above what a young catcher is supposed to do.”
So, is Garza frustrated or making excuses?
“You can call it what you want,” Sveum said. “When you have fastball command, you can have an [Class] ‘A’ ball catcher catching.”
* Instead of adding another outfielder, the Cubs activated reliever Shawn Camp from the disabled list on Saturday, which leaves them a little short-handed as far as position players go. Sveum said there will be no change in the immediate future.
“Right now, it’s coming in handy having that extra guy,” Sveum said.
* Alfonso Soriano was visibly upset after Sunday’s loss to the Mets in which Carlos Marmol blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
“For the position players in that clubhouse as well as some of our starting pitchers, a lot of our starting pitchers, it’s been frustrating to beat a lot of teams and have games won after seven innings, whatever our record is after the seventh inning, and have a run differential of where we are,” Sveum said. “It wears on you after a while as a player.”
The Cubs have 21 losses in games in which they’ve had a lead.
* Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny, the Cubs’ second-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, apparently has signed with the team. Zastryzny tweeted on Monday: “Officially part of the Chicago Cubs organization. Thanks for all the support and I can’t wait to start the journey. #Cubs”
The Cubs have yet to confirm any Draft pick signings.
– Carrie Muskat
Even though Welington Castillo had caught all of Matt Garza’s previous starts, the Cubs pitcher said he wasn’t comfortable with the catcher in his last outing. No excuses Sunday. Dioner Navarro is behind the plate for Garza’s start vs. the Mets in the series finale. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs hit the road after Thursday’s game, beginning with a three-game series in New York. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96)
Saturday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24)
Sunday: RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26) vs. RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11)
After Tuesday’s game, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said he didn’t feel he’d found a good rhythm yet with catcher Welington Castillo.
“Being in this game for as many seasons as I have, I need to take control and I need to guide him through it,” Garza said. “I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m going to get ready in five days and try to make it right.”
Castillo has caught every one of Garza’s five starts this season.
“[Garza] pitched a pretty good game with [Castillo] behind the plate a couple outings ago,” manager Dale Sveum said of the right-hander’s May 31 start against the Diamondbacks, when he gave up two earned runs over seven innings. That also was Garza’s only win.
“If you get the ball up, it doesn’t matter who’s catching,” Sveum said.
That was the problem for Garza on Tuesday against the Reds when he served up a career high nine runs. Sveum said he does support pitchers who feel more comfortable with one catcher.
“In this case, it was definitely not warranted,” Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs play the Reds in the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
As far as the Cubs and Reds are concerned, both teams would like to put any bad blood to rest as they start a fresh series this week at Wrigley Field. The last time the teams met — May 26 in Cincinnati — Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head with a four-run lead in the sixth inning. Cueto received a warning from home plate umpire Bob Davidson, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza took exception to the play, and the Cubs went on to win.
“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said after the incident. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary.”
Both teams’ managers downplayed the incident on Monday. Asked if he expected any repercussions, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said no.
“There’s nothing to that whole situation,” Sveum said.
Garza will pitch in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. Cueto, on the disabled list, will not face the Cubs this time around.
Reds manager Dusty Baker, who said the following day that Garza should address the situation personally with Cueto and that the two could settle it with a fight, said the incident is “over.”
“I think Johnny got fined for it,” Baker said. “So all we can do is play ball. And whoever wants to do something, it’s their prerogative if they want to. … I don’t even know Garza. Never spoke to him in my life.”
After Sunday’s series finale agaisnt the Pirates, the Cubs continue this 10-game homestand against NL Central teams on Monday, opening a four-game series against the Reds. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.84) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84)
Tuesday: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 4.03) vs. TBD
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-4, 2.65) vs. RHP Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18) vs. RHP Mat Latos (6-0. 2.87)