Game Eighty-Eight: Cubs (35-52) vs. Diamondbacks (42-45)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Matt Garza (4-7, 4.32/1.20) vs. Trevor Cahill (7-7, 3.64/1.28)
As the trade rumors continue to swirl around Wrigley, the Cubs will try to complete the three-game sweep over the Diamondbacks this afternoon. Dale Sveum’s team is 2-3 in the first five games of the year against Arizona. Due to the schedule makers, the Cubs have one more series against the Snakes this season … at the end of the year in Arizona (September 28 – September 30). The Cubs have already won this series and improved to 4-0-1 in their last five series with Saturday’s victory. The Cubs have shown a lot of improvement over their last 21 games (13-8) … and have won 11 of 15.
The same 10-12 teams that were on hand Saturday to watch Ryan Dempster are expected to stick around this afternoon to see Matt Garza. Garza and Dempster are garnering a lot of attention right now by basically the same teams. While Dempster appears to have made his last start in a Cubs’ uniform, Matt Garza’s future with the Cubs is unclear.
Matt Garza was not happy after his last outing and labeled his first half the ‘Crapshow‘. Teams are interested in trading for Matt Garza regardless of what type of first half he had. According to Bruce Levine, the Tigers are looking at Garza and Darwin Barney in what could end up being a five-to-seven player swap. The Tigers have a better system than a team like the Dodgers and if a deal cannot be worked out for Garza, maybe Detroit would be a better landing spot for Ryan Dempster.
From the something-that-should-have-happened-a-long-time-ago department, Ron Santo will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame one week from today.
This afternoon all starts with Matt Garza … Matt Garza’s first half was really broken in two … before he caught the flu and after. Garza was tremendous in April and started his season with a 2-1 record in his first five starts with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP, teams hit just .175. After he returned from missing 12 days with the flu, Garza struggled mightily in his next four starts (0-2 with a 6.86 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP, teams hit .295). Garza rebounded with a decent June (2-3 in six starts with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP) but is just 2-4 in his last seven starts with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Garza has allowed 40 hits with 10 walks and 37 strikeouts in his last 40 1/3 innings.
Matt Garza is coming off a bad outing in Atlanta. With scouts on hand, Garza allowed five runs on five hits in four innings with three walks and six strikeouts. Garza served up three home runs (Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman), two in the first inning.
Matt Garza has pitched rather well at Wrigley this season (2-1 in six starts with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP) and lost his start in Arizona back on June 24.
The Diamondbacks scored three runs on five hits over seven innings and Garza issued just one walk with seven strikeouts … the seven-inning start for Garza was his first since April 29.
Matt Garza is 1-1 in two career starts with a 3.60 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Willie Bloomquist – 0-for-3
- Stephen Drew – 2-for-3
- Aaron Hill – 10-for-31 with two doubles and two walks
- Jason Kubel – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Miguel Montero – 2-for-6
- Lyle Overbay – 11-for-43 with three doubles and two walks
- Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5 with two triples and two walks
- Ryan Roberts – 1-for-6
- Justin Upton – 2-for-7 with a double
- Chris Young – 0-for-3 with a walk
Trevor Cahill has been solid for the Diamondbacks in his first year in Arizona. Cahill is coming off a win against the Dodgers and has a 4-3 mark in nine road starts with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
Cahill posted a 4-1 record in five starts in June that included a complete game shutout in San Diego. Cahill allowed 14 runs, 12 earned, on 29 hits with 12 walks and 28 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings (3.15 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP). Cahill has received a decision in each of his last seven starts and is 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Trevor Cahill has faced the Cubs a ton of times in the Cactus League but just once during the regular season. Cahill beat the Cubs at Wrigley in an A’s uniform back on June 15, 2010. Lou’s crew scored four runs on six hits against Cahill in 5 2/3 innings but Carlos Zambrano could not get the job done and Oakland beat the Cubs 9-5.
Cubs Career Numbers against Trevor Cahill
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
- David DeJesus – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-2
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