Matt Garza, Texas Mysognist

The Cubs look to be comfortably back to being terrible...so terrible that Sunday's lineup is: DeJesus, Lake, Rizzo, Navarro, Schierholtz, Ransom, Watkins, Murphy, Villanueva.  Oof. And yes, that's Logan Watkins that has been promoted to take Luis Valbuena's spot, who went on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Watkins had a slash line of 243/333/379 over 412 AB's with 10 SB against 9 CS...hardly inspiring, but he seems to at least work the count. If there's much good news to be had, Yasiel Puig will sit out today after jamming his thumb against the brick wall.

But back on topic, Matt Garza said a lot of stupid things yesterday on twitter. To briefly summarize, he got beat by the A's and part of that beating included four bunts by the A's because, well Matt Garza and throwing to first base don't go together too well. The last of those bunts was by Eric Sogard and was a safety squeeze that gave the A's an insurance run, bumping the lead to 4-2. Garza, who I remind you has played major league baseball since 2006 and probably has seen a 1-run comeback or two in his day, didn't take kindly to this play for reasons unbeknownst to anyone but Matt Garza.  So he immediately jawed at Eric Sogard during the game and then took it to twitter and went full Archie Bunker.

No one seems to have figured out what Eric Sogard's rather adorable wife may have initially said, although she did respond by saying she found the whole thing funny. Garza responded to the whole controversay with some cryptic comment that he only asked Sogard if he knew any good places to eat, although that may be some baseball player in-joke that ultimately means your wife is a slut. Hahaha...you so funny Mr. Garza. Anyway, it'll certainly all blow over, but it did give a chance for Pat Neshek, Matt Garza's former teammate, to post this well-played response.

Anyway, I'll shed not a single tear if the Cubs make no effort to resign Garza...he seems to have climbed the mountain of Mt. Douchebag and taken up residence.

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Daniel Lockhart promoted from Boise to Iowa to replace Watkins. I presume a temporary thing.

As far as Danny Lockhart getting promoted from Boise to Iowa, the Cubs did the same thing with INF Gioskar Amaya last season when the Iowa Cubs were down to ten healthy position players. Amaya actually got a PH double at Sacramento, then went back to Boise once the I-Cubs roster was replentished.

Garza and Texas ought to get along like apples and pie crust.

Reverse Cubbery? Now I'm pleased he's gone.

2 hanging curveballs in a row to Ransom that he fouls off. then K's.

down 1-2, Watkins takes 2 close pitches rand then a bloop single to load the bases. On the bloop, Navarro runs about halfway, then stops thinking it might get caught but had no chance to get back if it was caught. Not sure if he scores anyway because he's Navarro, but bad baserunning regardless.

On a day Cubdom is desperate for some offense...
Iowa Cubs in 3rd vs Tacoma
Olt 2-2, double, triple, 2rbi
Arrieta, 5Ks
5-0 Iowa

I really am going to be rooting for Olt. The Cubs haven't needed a third baseman to come up from the minors like this since Ron Santo left us. At least, I think that was around the time they let Ramirez go. Ah, I dunno. When you get to be my age, all the dates just sort of blend together into one long blur of Cubbery.

How quickly we forget Bill Madlock.

Haha!! That's true, I did! I wonder why that is. He had a nice little run

I like Olt as a bench bat, eventually. A guy with some power that can threaten in the later innings. Or at least make a reliever throw some pitches.

I'm afraid he turns into Ian Stewart. Minus the twiters.

Yeah Newp - we have seen this movie before. I will give credit to the pitching coaches workingon the starters in 2013.

So, maybe the other coaches can work with this guy. Just not Rob Deer or James Rowson.

They need ro go back to the Yankees or the Independent League.

"Texas Mysognist"

Redundant?

:)

I have some family in Texas...the women are most definitely in charge.

Does that reduce misogyny?

Probably. Bitches seem happy there.

high five

k.bryant 3/5...average/ob% up to .292/.352

5 doubles, 3 HR...52 PA

What are they waiting for? Bring him up!!!

hourly/daily/weekly/whatever rosscup update

43ip 29h 18bb 65k - 2.30era/1.09whip...25 years old...still in AA

...guess they don't want to break up the AA raver crew bullpen (btw, there's an odd amount of cubs raver kids in AA...they're passing drug tests, so whatever).

Working alongside hitting coach Desi Wilson in the past weeks on pitch recognition and driving the ball to all fields, the Cubs’ top prospect is beginning to show flashes of maturity at the plate.

“I’m working with Desi on recognizing the pitch,” Baez said. “If it’s not my pitch, I’m not hitting it.”

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/08/04/javier-baez-s...

7 walks, 14 Ks his past 10 games...so far so good...except for the Ks...but hey, the walks.

3 walks, 25 Ks in the 17 games before that.

Nice link (wow, sounds like a spammer comment where you'll see multiple links to various products). Read the article, evaluated it, good enough, bring him up!

EDIT: Bring up the hitting coach, too

Nice article, thanks. Pre-Epstein Cubs were free swingers. This focus on getting on base rather than swinging by intuition gives me hope that the Cubs are finally truly modernizing.

"The best at-bat I told him he had was when he was down 0-2 and he walked," Wilson said. "He laid off some tough pitches out of the zone and that was good to see."

Jake Fox just had a weekend he’ll never forget. Everyone at Somerset’s TD Bank Ballpark is likely to remember it as well.

Getting one walk-off hit is enough to make for a memorable week. Getting two is almost unheard of, but Fox, the designated hitter for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, provided game-winning walk-off hits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/somersets-ja...

"Dan Meyer [email protected] 1h

Hey Antonio Bastardo, remember when we competed for a job in 2011. Thx alot. #ahole"

buuuuuuuuuuurn.

cubs claim t.neal from the yanks...low HR/decent doubles power corner OF'r

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cg...

ML experience, but nothing worth mentioning.

DFAed by the Yankees when Soriano arrived. Basically like adding him to the trade. Ranked in the top 100 prospects in all of baseball in 2010, and consistent minor league numbers, but nothing outstanding. Just the latest Cubs back-up OF flavor the week.

I am hoping one of these guys might stick, perhaps they can snag someone else servicable like Valbuena in one of these attempts.

Too bad he doesn't play 3B. Anything to dump Stanko Ransom. He's making Barney look like Pujols.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees and transferred pitcher Rafael Dolis to the 60-day disabled list.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cubs-claim-neal-off-w...

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  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 15 min 44 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 16 min 12 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 25 min 1 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 45 min 11 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 16 min ago view