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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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 20 min 38 sec ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view