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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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 12 hours 25 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 13 hours 8 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 13 hours 25 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 13 hours 29 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 13 hours 40 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 13 hours 46 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 14 hours 1 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 16 hours 53 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 19 hours 58 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 20 hours 25 sec ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 21 hours 57 min ago view