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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  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

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    * bats or throws left 
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    Arizona Phil 2 hours 12 sec ago view
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    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 3 hours 53 min ago view
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    John Beasley 4 hours 43 min ago view
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    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 13 hours 59 min ago view