Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 07/21/12

Game Ninety-Three: Cubs (38-54) vs. Cardinals (48-45)
Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186/914
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Matt Garza (5-7, 4.02/1.17) vs. Jake Westbrook (7-8, 3.82/1.33)

Even with Friday’s loss, the Cubs are 14-6 over their last 20 games and Dale Sveum’s team will try to get back in the win column tonight behind Matt Garza.

Matt Garza, like Ryan Dempster, is dealing with countless trade rumors. Several teams are rumored to be interested in trading for Garza … but can Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer find a team willing to pay their asking price? The Cubs need a good outing tonight from Garza for more than one reason.

Tonight might be a good time to get Alfonso Soriano a breather. Dale Sveum talked about Soriano getting more days off in the second half. Soriano is 3-for-27 with a pair of walks in his career against Jake Westbrook and it’s been a while since Tony Campana’s name was in the starting lineup.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza promised that his second half would not be a continuation of the ‘Crapshow‘ and his first start out of the break was anything but one. Garza tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Diamondbacks, his longest outing since April 29 in Philadelphia. Garza struggled at times but surrendered only five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. The Cubs need more of the ‘Good Garza‘ over the next 10 days as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer decided on whether to trade him or not.

Matt Garza is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … and like many of his teammates he has struggled on the road this season. Garza is just 2-6 in 10 outside of Wrigley with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Garza will face the Cardinals for the second time this season. Garza took a no decision back on April 23 against the Redbirds at Wrigley. Garza allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. The Cubs won the game 3-2 on a Joe Mather two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.

Matt Garza is 2-1 in five career starts against the Cardinals with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP … at Busch Stadium, 0-1 in two starts with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Carlos Beltran – 0-for-6
  • Lance Berkman – 3-for-17 with three walks
  • Matt Carpenter – 0-for-1 with two walks
  • Allen Craig – 0-for-3
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-3 with two walks
  • David Freese – 1-for-8 with a home run
  • Rafael Furcal – 1-for-3
  • Tyler Greene – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Matt Holliday – 6-for-17 with two doubles and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 4-for-6 with a double
  • Yadier Molina – 2-for-11
  • Skip Schumaker – 6-for-11 with a double and a walk

Jake Westbrook is having a good, but streaky season. Westbrook has seemingly done his job every time out but his teammates have not their part. The Cardinals are 4-6 in his last 10 starts … they lost the first four, won the next four and have dropped the last two. Westbrook gave up four runs on nine hits in his last outing against the Reds. Westbrook took the loss after pitching into the eighth (one walk, five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings).

After posting a 2-2 record in five starts in June with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, Westbrook is 1-2 in his last three with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Westbrook has not been as good in his home park this season (4-3 in nine starts with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP) as he’s been on the road (3-5 in nine starts with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP).

The Cubs will face Jake Westbrook for the third time this year. Westbrook is 1-0 in the first two with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP (six runs, five earned, on 16 hits with three walks and four strikeouts). The key to beating Jake Westbrook has always been patience and not hitting his pitch … maybe the Cubs’ offense will use the same game plan they did on May 14 (four runs on 12 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings).

Jake Westbrook is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-13 with a double and a walk
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-19 with a double and a walk
  • David DeJesus – 8-for-29 with a home run and four walks
  • Matt Garza – 0-for-1
  • Reed Johnson – 5-for-16
  • Bryan LaHair – 3-for-3 with a home run
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-27 with two walks
  • Geovany Soto – 4-for-9 with a double

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Bruce LeVine says that Dempster vetoed a trade to the Red Sox. It was on “Talking Baseball.”

    • triple

      These last 2 posts of yours do not bode well for the Cubs return on Dempster. While Dempster is having a much better season and also better in recent years, their overall comparison as starters is very similar.

      Demp: 109-103 (.514%), ERA 4.33, WHIP 1.433, OPS .755, OPS+ 102, K/BB 1.93
      Meyers: 89-79 (.530%), ERA 4.27, WHIP 1.338, OPS .762, OPS+ 101, K/BB 2.44

      • triple

        My bad, didn’t realize he’s being used as a reliever this year, but still…

        • Brp921

          If thats all we can get for Dempster, which I seriously doubt, then let the other teams do without. There is no way Dempster is not worth a top ten or fifteen prospect or two.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Brett Meyers can pitch. He’ll greatly help the Sox.

    • Brp921

      Did they mention players involved?

  • Ripsnorter1

    White Sox pick up Brett Meyers from Houston. WOW! Nice pick up for them!

    It cost them two minor leaguers, right-hander Matt Heidenreich and left-hander Blair Walters, and a PTBNL.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Detroit knocking snot out of White Sox. That’s they way I have it figured: Detroit wins the division, especially now that Samardzija won it for them. When Samardzija hit Konerko in the eye, two players immediately went into a tail spin: Adam Dunn and Konerko.

    • Dorasaga

      Let’s ignore them for now. It’s Live Cubs game!

  • Dorasaga

    Watching the Darvish-Pujols game, I heard from Rosenthal earlier that the Halo is looking for quality, top of rotation pitching. I’m kind of surprised they are not linked to the Cubs. Who can say no to the beautiful Newport Beach? Maybe Demp and Lilly can share a condo and drive 1 hour from either the Dodger or Angel Stadium for fishing, Sunday afternoon.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have heard/read rumblings about the Angels having interest in Dempster and Garza, but nothing serious on either one.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks for confirming so. Trade talks can be all over the place (remember the Peavy and Tower Teaser), but usually, only the prospective teams also with need to win this year will get it done (Angels, Yankees, Pirates, Braves). I won’t be surprised if Dempster goes to either one of these listed.

  • Dorasaga

    Lahair’s patience walked him to load the bases. Soriano has been running well since late June; made me wonder what he injected to his sore legs. He was really struggling IN PAIN whenever he runs, even for an inch, the whole first half the season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Barney and Valbuena

  • Dorasaga

    Garza having discomfort on his forearm (maybe wrist). Emergency relief, Justin Germaino?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Appears to be his wrist.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza pulled after three, appears to be an injury.

    • calicub

      Fan flippin tastic.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Paul Konerko hit in the eye by Samardzija on 18 May 2012.
    He was hitting .367at the time, and rose to .399 immediately after he was hit (27 May 2012). Then he just fell completely off of the face of the earth. He is following Marlon Byrd’s track after he, too, was hit in the eye with a pitch.

    Marlon started to “short arm” the bat, ie, not swinging with full extension, having moved off the plate. Konerko, too, has lost all power. In July he has exactly 1 2B. ONE. And zero HRs.

    Here are Konerko’s before and after stats…..
    .367 BA…..467 OBP…..604 slugging

    After May 18…..
    .250 BA (includes his initial 16 for 45 tear immediately following the beaning).
    .333 OBP….

    7 2B and 6 HR since the beaning, slugging just .407. But that includes his initial surge when he came back. But in June and July, Konerko is slugging just .330. His July numbers are .268 slugging.

    Adam Dunn has taken a hit, too. Dunn is currently hitting .205, OBP is .353, and slugging an even .500.

    But Dunn was hitting .230 then.

    Dunn has hit only .181 in June, and .160 in July.

    Conclusion: THE SOX ARE IN TROUBLE.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I would not be shocked to find that neither Dempster, Garza or Maholm are dealt by July 31.

  • Nick

    Hmmmm…I wonder where Garza’s heading…

    • Dorasaga

      Haha. You guys are making my day… Yeah, how we all want the rebuild be done!

  • Denver Mike

    Just speculating, but the “injury” to Garza didn’t appear to be that serious from what I could tell. He was stretching his wrist similar to how I do if I have a forearm cramp. Knowing how big a competitor he is, I think the frustration he was showing as he went to the locker room was more due to feeling like he could continue. Understandable considering how good his stuff was tonight.

    I’m not hitting the panic button quite yet…

  • Nick

    Fake of an injury by Garza? I think so! Where’s he headed guys?

    • BosephHeyden

      Probably the DL

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        WGN Radio is reporting that they received word from the Cubs that Garza has not been traded, he left due to injury.

  • Dorasaga

    A good inning for Germano to pitch out of a very short notice.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Garza injured just when ESPN is reporting that the Dodgers were interested in him and not in Dempster.

    Tisk. Tisk.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/8187491/los-angeles-dodgers-now-pursuing-trade-chicago-cubs-matt-garza-sources-say

    • Ripsnorter1

      ESPN is reporting that
      Nick Castellanos is no longer a 3B, but his move to RF is permanent.

      I like his bat.

      • Tony_Hall

        So do they, that is why he is moving to the OF. Cabrera and Fielder are big road blocks at the corner infield spots.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Make them an offer they cannot refuse….

          Dempster, Corpas for Castellanos.
          Throw in Dolis, too.
          LOL

          • Dorasaga

            May Detroit kiss your pinky ring, Don Coleone?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Dave Dombrowski needs to take my offer.

            It’ll help them whup the White Sox.

          • Dorasaga

            WHUP! it is. Pass the cream to the hitman.

          • paulcatanese

            It’s Don Corleone, show some respect, he may call upon you for a favor:):)

          • Dorasaga

            When the Yamaguchi clan comes after me for not praising NPB (Jap.) players all the way, I’ll ask the Don to arrange me a stay at his little villa in Corleone village.

          • Tony_Hall

            I would love Castellanos, but I bet they would say no.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I bet they’d say yes to …..
            Dempster
            Barney
            Corpas

            That’d be an expensive package, but it would put Detroit in the driver’s seat.

          • Tony_Hall

            I bet they would to.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Matt Garza left the game with cramping in his right triceps. They took X-Rays as precaution. He’s day to day

  • Dorasaga

    There went the shutout. Russell made a good pitch–breaker down the middle; Furcal hit a grounder that found the hole around Castro. Good luck, I guess.

    • Dorasaga

      I think Sveum got to relieve Russell. He’s laboring.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Russell doesn’t seem to have it tonight…..

        • calicub

          Shut out to blow out in a matter of minutes

          • Ripsnorter1

            I guess you could say that the wheels came off…..

          • Dorasaga

            The Card probably decrypted Soto’s signs. It’s as if they know what’s coming and swing at everything, breaking or not.

          • Dorasaga

            And that’s the best explanation of a 12-run half-inning, not ending yet.

          • Ripsnorter1

            It couldn’t be that Corpas, up to this point, has been lucky? That Dolis stinks? That Russell just didn’t have it today?

            i suppose not……

          • Dorasaga

            I’m with TomU when it comes to pitchers. What’s good with “stuff” when they can’t find the zone? The Cardinals’ pitching locates well. The corps as a whole might not be stuff-ful; they got the job done. They executed all good scouting reports and attacked batters on all sides of the plate. It shows whenever the Cubs face them last and this season.

  • Dorasaga

    A lot of good grounders and flat linedrives for the Card tonight.

    • Dorasaga

      Non-stop hitting, bloops and 9 runs this inning. HOLY COW?

  • John G

    Is there a mercy rule in MLB?

    • Ripsnorter1

      There sure is. No more Baseball after 162 games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 12-0 to Cardinals Saturday night – Matt Garza:
    0R, 2H, 2BB, 3K, 3IP, left after 3 with cramps in right triceps; Justin Germano:
    1R, 4H, 0BB, K, 3+IP; Cubs: 4H, 3BB

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – RF
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Valbuena – 3B
    Garza – P