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Starlin Castro is back, and Alfonso Soriano is getting a breather on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:
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)
Scott Feldman had never faced the Cardinals before Thursday, and after spending three days watching from the dugout, he discovered what everyone else already has: These guys are really good. Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking RBI single and a solo home run to back Lance Lynn and lift the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over Feldman and the sputtering Cubs, who dropped to 9-24 against the National League Central.
Feldman had to battle, and served up six hits over 5 1/3 innings, which was all the Cardinals needed. He dropped to 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA against NL Central teams.
“I knew going in that they had a good lineup and obviously, [Yadier Molina] is swinging the bat about as good as anybody I’ve ever seen right now,” Feldman said. “You’ve got to make your pitches and at the same time, be aggressive. I think you’ve got to tip your cap tonight. They did a great job and just beat me.”
Lynn did his homework, too. Chicago managed two hits in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss, and mustered three off Lynn over six innings as the right-hander picked up his 10th win to join teammate Adam Wainwright and Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann on top of the NL leaderboard.
“Coming here, we knew it was going to be tough to score runs and obviously, it was,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “We didn’t swing the bats at all. We only had five hits today, so seven hits in two days ain’t going to win too many ballgames, no matter how good your pitching is. Our starting pitching was pretty good in all four games against the best offense in baseball. We never really put any threats together. Today we weren’t too aggressive.”
After the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead on David Freese’s run-scoring groundout in the second, Welington Castillo tied the game with a leadoff home run in the third, his first since April 8. But the Cubs missed an opportunity in the fifth when they loaded the bases with two outs, and Lynn got Castro to pop up to Molina in foul territory.
“[Castro] is a guy who doesn’t scare from those situations,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Getting the pop up was a big out for us.”
“I just tried to go see one pitch, and I hit it,” Castro said of the at-bat. “That team, they have pretty good pitching. [Lynn’s] fastball is a little bit sneaky, and I tried to get on top and it didn’t happen.”
The Cubs shortstop finished the seven-game road trip 4-for-30, and he’s now batting .232 for the season. A year ago, he was batting .300.
“He’s not the Lone Ranger in all this,” Sveum said about Castro. “There isn’t a whole lot of hitting going on.”
Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-29 on the trip, while Anthony Rizzo was 5-for-21, and the Cubs completed the trip, 3-4.
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Feldman will close the Cubs’ four-game series against the Cardinals Thursday night at Busch Stadium. The right-hander is coming off a win against the Mets in which he gave up two hits over seven innings. This will be his first career start against the Cardinals, and he’s had three days to watch the best offense in the National League. Here’s the lineup vs. Lance Lynn:
After the Cubs’ weekend series against the Mets, they open a four-game set in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (5-5, 2.65) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (7-4, 2.21)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.46) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (10-3, 2.18)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05)
Thursday: RHP Scott Feldman (6-5, 3.05) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (9-1, 3.56)
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)
The Cubs open a four-game series Monday night against the Reds. Scott Feldman gets the start. He’s 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in his last eight starts after opening the season 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Here’s the lineup:
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)
The Cubs open a quick two-game Interleague series against the Angels on Tuesday night. This will be only the second trip ever to Angel Stadium. In 2004, the Cubs won two out of three games in Anaheim.
After this series, the Cubs will have visited four current AL ballparks once -– Baltimore, Boston, Minnesota and Tampa Bay. On July 2-4, the Cubs will make their first-ever visit to Oakland. At that point, the new Yankee Stadium will be the only current AL park in which the Cubs have not played a regular season contest. The Cubs did play two exhibition games there to open the park in 2009.
The Cubs enter this series having won five straight Interleague games for the first time since June 15-July 7, 2001, vs. the Twins (3-0) and Tigers (2-0). The run is one shy of the franchise record of six straight Interleague victories done Sept. 2, 1997-June 8, 1998. The current five straight Interleague wins are tied for the franchise’s most in a single campaign (also June 15-July 1, 2001).
* The Cubs own a 113-128 (.469) all-time record in Interleague play dating to 1997. The most recent winning season against the AL was in 2007 (8-4). The team went 5-10 against the AL in both 2011 and 2012.
* Here are the pitching matchups for Cubs vs. Angels:
Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.82) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.71)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 3.38) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34)