Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Athletics – 07/03/13

Game Eighty-Two: Cubs (35-46) vs. Athletics (49-35)

  • Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – O.com Coliseum, Oakland

Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83/1.16) vs. Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79/1.08)

The Cubs will try to put another bad loss behind them tonight and guarantee themselves a winning road trip with a victory behind Matt Garza.

Matt Garza could be making his last start in a Cubs’ uniform tonight. Many thought that Garza would be the first player the Cubs traded this month, but Scott Feldman received the honor and will pitch on the South Side tonight.

Matt Garza has been very, very good in his last two outings and could have a different looking bullpen behind him tonight. Carlos Villanueva will not be available as the Cubs started the process of stretching him back out to use as a starter on Tuesday. Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier are expected to be in Oakland and available out of the pen tonight. If that is the case, Shawn Camp is one of the relievers that could be on the way out.

The Cubs have hit the ball rather well over the three games in Seattle and the first game in Oakland but they will face a big task in Bartolo Colon.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off his third straight excellent outing. Many have questioned how good Garza has actually been considering the three teams he has faced. While his start against the Mets was very likely a product of the offense he was facing, his last two outings have simply been dominant. Garza hit his spots with good life and velocity on his fastball while commanding his breaking stuff.

After limiting the Astros to one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over eight innings, Garza struck out 10 in Milwaukee while allowing one run on eight hits and a pair of walks in seven innings. Record aside, Garza has allowed two runs on 12 hits with three walks and 18 strikeouts in his last 15 innings (1.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) … for those scoring at home, that is a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Matt Garza makes sixth road start of the season tonight. Garza is 1-0 in the first five with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

Tonight marks the fifth time that Garza has started a game against the Athletics. Matt Garza is 1-3 in five games, four starts, against Oakland with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP … and at the Coliseum, 1-1 in two starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Athletics Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Coco Crisp – 1-for-13 with a walk
  • Jed Lowrie – 2-for-11
  • Brandon Moss – 2-for-3
  • Josh Reddick – 3-for-8
  • Seth Smith – 1-for-3
  • Chris Young – 1-for-6 with a walk

Bartolo Colon found where he could buy the fountain of youth and has resurrected his career in Oakland. Colon has won his last eight starts and it seems like he has gotten better each time out. The 40-year old posted a 5-0 record in five starts last month with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Colon has surrendered only 32 hits with nine walks and 19 strikeouts in his last 36 innings of work.

Bartolo Colon has made four starts over his career against the Cubs and is 0-1 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Colon has not faced the Cubs since 2004.

Cubs Career Numbers against Bartolo Colon

  • Julio Borbon – 1-for-2 with a triple
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-36 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-1 with a home run

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  • Suzy S

    Hope Garza has another good night.I wonder how many scouts will be there to watch him tonight?

  • Suzy S

    Neil, You asked if I was ok the other day.
    I’m fine…just extremely busy…working a few jobs and planning a trip to Beantown in August to give my brother a memorial service with the extended family.
    He was a huge Cubs and Blackhawks fan…and passed in January.

    • Bryan

      Suzy…I know we all pass along our sympathies on the loss of your brother.

      • Suzy S

        Thanks, Bryan.

    • J Daniel

      Condolences, Suzy!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Suzy, I am so sorry about your loss.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Sorry to hear Suzy. I lost my dad in April. It’s hard…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Man, I’m sorry for your loss.

      • Suzy S

        boardrider, My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and family. It IS hard…parents never leave you.

    • paulcatanese

      Suzy, sorry for the loss of you’re brother.

      • Suzy S

        Neil, Paul, boardrider, JDaniel, Bryan and all well wishers….Thanks for the condolences.

        Just an fyi…for my brother…it was a true release…He suffered tremendously

        as blind diabetic amputee. He was 50.

        I had Ron Santo send him a card once.

        God Bless Ron Santo. Thanks all…but this is more of a happy occasion for the family to remember him in his healthy times at the beach.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Everything seems to be going our way the past few days. Hopefully that continues and Garza goes and throws his 2nd no-no tonight! If he does pitch lights-out you have to think some of these propsed trades that may be on the table will be completed with us getting the max from the deals.

    Tonight could e the difference in whether we get Perez with Olt or someone on down the line. I’m convinced that any deal with Texas will include Olt…

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yep…need a gem from Garza…especially considering the year Colon is having.
      On a side note, Colon sort of looks like Andre the Giant…I have always thought that.

  • J Daniel

    Neil,
    Many thanks again for the great coverage of everything going on. Don’t know how you kept up yesterday!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez:

    Heard this: Infielder Edgar Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez’s brother, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Eloy Jimenez’ agent denies a report from http://MLB.com that says he signed with the Cubs

    This is the only report denying the signing … nothing said about an agreement

    • Ray Ray

      Not another he said she said.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        His agent denied Jimenez signed, did not deny an agreement being in place.

        And I hope not.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          couple thoughts: either the agent wants the kid to take the alleged higher offer from the other team (so agent can make more, too).
          Or the agent enjoys pointless controversy…as I am guessing the Cubs used all their remaining intl money in their offer? In other words, even if the agent was playing games to up the price, can the Cubs even offer more at this point, or are they tapped out?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Soriano – DH
    Rizzo – 1B
    Navarro – C
    Bogusevic – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Borbon – CF

    Garza – P

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I have to admit…I really like having a DH. I don’t miss watching the pitchers striking out every other at-bat.

  • Ray Ray

    Feldman had a decent start for the O’s tonight. 6 IP gave up a HR and 2 ER. Glad he didn’t get shelled in his first start after the trade.

    For Paul….Tony Campana is leading off and playing CF for the Diamondbacks tonight against the Mets and Matt Harvey. By the way….the pitcher for Ariz tonight is Randall Delgado. Good pitchers duel so far in the 4th.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Feldman pitched vs. White Sox. Zero BB, 6 K, 2 ER and threw 60 strikes of 98 pitches. He’s in line for the win.

      Campana flied out to CF and LF in his 1st two AB.

    • paulcatanese

      Thanks, Campana walked , stole second and scored a run. Also threw out a runner at second base.
      Happy for Feldman, seems they (O’s) wasted no time getting Feldman out on the mound.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a RBI single

    • Ray Ray

      He’s getting on one of those hot streaks.

      • paulcatanese

        Looks like it, second one was caught on the track.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Valbuena with a HR, first since May 30. Reddick nearly caught it

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    crap. I was thinking that ball looked like it was hanging a bit…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza hung that one to Moss

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      What’s the latest on Garza? I’m on needles and pins to see his line!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Garza has pitched well over the first six innings. He started elevating a little in the fifth and worked out of a jam in the sixth.

        O.K., he just completed the seventh … so now I can say how good he was. There was a little in the fifth as I mentioned. And the A’s ran up the pitch count like the A’s do. But all in all, he was just as good as he has been of late.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Thanks Neil! I broke down an paid for a month of MLB At bat! Now I’m sitting on the porch listening on my bluetooth speaker with my 5 year old daughter. I just feel like these next games are big for the franchise. A game like tonight with Garza has inplications on the prospexts wr’ll get to set us up for the coming years. I know many are upset because we’re not winning now but I believe in the plan and personally think it’s really exciting. It’s great to be in a pennant race obviously but for now follwing all the intrigue and offseason free agents flipped for prospects is great. I’ve watched the Cubs daily lose for 30 years. At least now we’re loaing with a purpose and there is hope. It’s an exciting time to be a Cubs fan.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Man, that sounds like a great night. Listening to baseball with your child. Awesome …

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Garza is starting the eighth.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Don’t like that. What’s to gain with one more inning? Garza has already looked great. Another inning win’t really matter unless it goes bad.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Garza did fine. Gave up a leadoff single to Crisp. Did not care for the move at the time.

          • triple

            This also helps to make the case and prove that Garza is healthy. A guy that can go 8 innings and pitch that well against a first place team will bring a better return… just kind of removing the question marks that other GMs may have.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    the epic slow walk off the mound by Colon made me think of Lee Smith’s slow walk to the mound from the bullpen. I tried to find a video of Smith making the slow trek, and instead came across a nice newspaper clipping/article about him:
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1893&dat=19950618&id=GTYjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=a9gEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2605,7164120

    • Suzy S

      JasonOf the Burbs, Thanks for sharing the article…it was a great walk down memory road.

      As good as Smith was…I remember many heart palpitations watching him pitch….Nature of the beast for a closer I guess.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a solid two-out RBI double off a lefty. Nice at bat.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes it was, and only a great play by the third baseman kept him from another.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Athletics 3-1 on Wednesday night – Matt Garza:
    1R, 4H, 3BB, 5K in 8 IP (114 pitches, 71 strikes)

    Castro: 2-4, R, BB;
    Valbuena: 2-5, HR; Soriano: 1-4, RBI; Bogusevic: 2-4, 2B, RBI; Borbon: 2-4, 3B;
    Navarro: 2-4, 2B, R

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great finish! Garza goes 8 strong and Gregg gets the save. Couldn’t draw it up better for what we’re trying to accomplish. Now trade them both immediately!

    We have to believe Garza won’t have another outing in a Cubs uniform…

    • J Daniel

      You would think but we have had to wait and wait before, and then an injury.