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Matt Garza, Cubs Kick off 10-Game Homestand Against Anibal Sanchez and Florida Marlins – Wrigley Field 7/14/11

Posted on 14 July 2011 by Lou

Matt Garza and the Cubs will kick off their 10-game homestand against Anibal Sanchez and the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field on Thursday night. The Cubs have the 2nd worst record in all of baseball at 37-55 and they are the only MLB team NOT to have at least a 3-game winning streak during the season.  Not much is expected from this mediocre squad in the 2nd half, but Garza and most Cubs fans hope that the big righty can have a solid 2nd half which will help justify trading away 4 prospects for the righty who needed a change of scenery from Tampa Bay.

Garza has made 16 starts this season, sporting a 4-7 record with a 1.34 WHIP and 4.26 ERA.  Garza is 2nd on the team with 99 strikeouts and he has walked only 33 batters in 95 innings.  Garza hopes to rebound from his last start in which he allowed 7 runs to the Washington Nationals in just 2 innings pitched…

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Cubs Finish 1st Half with 2nd Worst Record in All of Baseball – Wrigley Field 7/11/11

Posted on 11 July 2011 by Lou

What a joke – after losing 7 of their last 10 games heading into the break, the Cubs finished with the 2nd worst record in all of baseball at 37-55.  Ouch…

The Cubs trail the Brewers and Cardinals by 12 games in the race for 1st place in the NL Central.  The Cubs trail the Braves by a whopping 17 games for the wild card spot.  Only the Houston Astros (30-62) have a worse record than the Cubs in all of baseball.

Starlin Castro has been the Cubs best and most consistent hitter all season – .307 batting average, 49 runs scored and 39 RBI’s.  Aramis Ramirez put together a phenomenal close to the 1st half to help his numbers look more like his career average numbers – .298 batting average, 15 HR’s and 51 RBI’s.  Carlos Pena leads the team with 19 HR’s after not hitting a single home run in the entire month of April.  And despite a stint on the DL, Alfonso Soriano has put up decent numbers – 14 HR’s and 41 RBI’s.

The pitching stats are not pretty.  Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are tied for the team lead in wins with 6.  Matt garza has the best starter ERA at 4.26.  Dempster leads the team with 102 K’s while Garza is right on his heels with 99.

Let’s go Cubs — at least it can’t get much worse than what we’ve seen in the 1st half, right?!?!

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Cubs Top Rockies 7-3 in Make-Up Game on Monday – Wrigley Field 6/28/11

Posted on 28 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs defeated the Rockies 7-3 in the makeup game of a game rained out back on April 27th.

Matt Garza pitched into the 8th inning, allowing just 3 ER on 5 hits.  Most importantly, Garza did not allow a walk and he struck out 6 hitters in his 111-pitch effort.

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena are both heating up.  Ramirez went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.  He hit a 2-run HR in the 1st inning and a solo home run in the 7th inning.  Pena hit 2 home runs – a solo shot in the 4th inning and a 2-run bomb in the 5th inning.  Pena now leads the club with his 16 home runs and 42 RBI’s despite a batting average in the low .200’s. Starlin Castro had a single to extend his hitting streak to 11-games.

The Cubs are now 32-46 and they trail the Brewers by 11.5 games in the NL Central race.  Not good..

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Cubs Use Off-Day to Plan for Royals & the Future… – Wrigley Field 6/24/11

Posted on 24 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs used the scheduled Thursday off-day to plan for the weekend series against the Royals as well as for the future…

Manager Mike Quade opted to re-jigger the Cubs rotation after consulting with pitching coach Mark Riggins.  Ryan Dempster will start tonight, while the Cubs will go with Carlos Zambrano on his regular 5 days rest on Saturday.  That move pushes Randy Wells’ start back an extra day to Sunday.  Matt Garza will make his next start on schedule on Monday against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Off the field, GM Jim Hendry met with his scouts and executives to figure out the direction of the team as the July 31 trading deadline approaches.  Hendry and the Cubs could entertain offers for Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano who have both said that they would like to continue to play in Chicago but that they would waive their no-trade clause if a suitable trade offer comes along.  Aramis Ramirez, on the other hand, has already told the Cubs that he will not waive his no trade clause.  Guess we’ll see how it all shakes out…

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White Sox Take Game 2 of Evenly Matched Cross-Town Classic 3-2 – Wrigley Field U.S. Cellular Field 6/22/11

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Lou

Each team had 7 hits and no errors.  Neither team scored more than 1 run in any given inning.  But it was the White Sox who emerged with a 3-2 win after a lengthy rain delay because of heavy storms that pounded the Chicago area.

The White Sox took an early 2-run lead on Paul Konerko’s solo homer in the 2nd and Juan Pierre’s sac fly in the 3rd.  It was Konerko’s 5th straight game with a home run, tying a franchise record.

Carlos Pena homered for the 2nd straight night in the 5th and Aramis Ramirez tied it up at 2 with a sac fly in the 6th.

Matt Garza tossed 5 solid innings before the rains came – 2 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk.

Jeff Samardzija pitched a perfect 6th inning before running into trouble in the 7th.  Samardzija got Alex Rios to pop out with 1st and 3rd and nobody out, but then Brett Morel delivered the game-winning sac fly that gave the Sox a 3-2 lead.

The Cubs had their chances.  They scored only 1 run in the 6th after having a 1st and 3rd, 1 out scenario.  They had 2 on and 1 out in the 8th inning and came away empty.

Doug Davis will battle Jake Peavy in the series finale tonight at the Cell.  Let’s hope Davis can duplicate his performance last Friday when he stymied the Yankees to just 1 run and 3 hits in 7+ innings of work.

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Cubs Continue Losing Ways; Drop 3 of 4 in Philly – Wrigley Field 6/13/11

Posted on 13 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs dropped 3 of 4 against the Phillis in Philadelphia this weekend and are now  25-39 and a whopping 12 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. Only the Houston Astros have a worse record than the Cubs in all of baseball.

Sean Marshall, who had been so reliable all season long, finally had a hiccup in Sunday’s 4-3 loss.  Marshall surrendered a 2-run single to Ryan Howard in the 7th inning that gave the Phillies their 1st lead of the game.  The loss wasted a golden chance to split the series between the Phillies.  They took a 3-0 lead off of Roy Oswalt in the 1st inning on a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez 2-run home run.  But the Cubs never pushed another run across the board the rest of the way.  Doug David was in line to get his 1st win of the season despite a poor outing – he allowed 5 hits and walked 5 hitters, but kept the damage to a minimum by allowing just 2 ER in 5 innings.  But at least he didn’t get the loss – for the 1st time in 6 starts…

On Saturday, Matt Garza looked much better in his 2nd straight since returning from the DL.  He went 6 innings, allowing just 1 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning but kept the Phillies off the board through his final 5 innings of work.  Sean Marshall struggled by allowing 2 ER on 3 hits in the 7th inning and Casey Coleman was not much better – 3 ER on 2 hits and a walk in the 8th.

It does not get much easier for the Cubs this week.  They host the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers for 4 games at Wrigley Field starting tonight and then the Yankees for 3 games over the weekend.

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Garza Ineffective in Return, Cubs Lose Again 8-2 – Wrigley Field 6/7/11

Posted on 07 June 2011 by Lou

Matt Garza returned from the disabled list, but was largely ineffective in the Cubs 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.  Garza labored through 4 innings and left after 81 pitches on a hot, muggy night.  Garza allowed 4 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks during his outing and his record fell to 2-5.

Gotta love these stats:

Through 5 innings against Reds starter Matt Leake – the Cubs had 10 hitters reach base, but scored just 2 runs and trailed 7-2.

The Cubs and Reds each had 10 hits, but the Reds made the most of theirs, scoring 8 runs to just 2 for the Cubs.

Jeff Samardzija has struggled of late.  He allowed 3 ER on 3 hits in 2 innings of work.  Samardzija has now allowed runs in 3 straight appearances and 4 of his last 6 appearances.  Not good.

On a few positive notes, Kosuke Fukudome had 3 hits and his batting average is back up to .310.  Darwin Barney’s 2 hits knocked him back over the .300 mark as well.  And Blake DeWitt has really turned it on of late – he had 3 more hits in the loss and his batting average is now back up to .292.  Maybe it jkust took some time before he got completely comfortable with his new hitting swing.

The Cubs have now lost 7 straight games.  The Cubs are 23-35 – 12 games under .500.  Only the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins have worse records than the Cubs in all of baseball…

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7’s Wild in Tuesday Night’s 7-4 Loss to Reds in Cincinnati – Wrigley Field 5/18/11

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Lou

Can it get any worse?  7’s were wild as the Reds swept the Cubs in a quick 2-game series in Cincinnati this week.  The 2nd ugly loss in a row to the Reds dropped the Cubs 7 games back of the 1st place Reds in the NL Central race.  All 7 runs scored by the Reds in the 7-4 win were of the “unearned” variety because of 4 errors committed by Cubs players.  Sure 2 of the errors came from pitchers Matt Garza and Kerry Wood, so maybe those runs should not be considered “unearned”, but the Cubs clearly did not get the message that Skipper Mike Quade was trying to send when he held a closed-door meeting after Monday’s embarrassing loss.

Ryan Dempster looks to help stop the bleeding for the Cubs when he takes on former Cubs pitcher Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins in Miami tonight…

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Cubs Lose Another Series – Fall to 16-20, 5 Games Back of Cards – Wrigley Field 5/12/11

Posted on 12 May 2011 by Lou

The final 2 games of the Cubs-Cards series this week were blowouts, as the Cards took 2 of 3 at Wrigley Field.  The Cards are now 22-16 on the season and they lead the Reds by 1.5 games and the Cubs by a full 5 games in the NL Central race.

Matt Garza got his 1st win of the season at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night as the Cubs won 11-4.

The Cards bounced back today against Casey Coleman winning 9-1.  Jaime Garcia won his 5th game of the season and lowered his ERA down to 1.89.  Coleman’s numbers continue to move in the wrong direction.  At 1-3, Coleman now sports a 1.95 WHIP and 7.22 ERA.  Not good…

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Blown Chances Cost Cubs 5-4 Loss To Reds – Wrigley Field 5/7/11

Posted on 07 May 2011 by Lou

The Cubs lost another frustrating 1-run game on Friday afternoon – 5-4 to the Reds.  The Cubs are now 4-6 in 1-run games and this will have to improve if they expect to stay in the NL race in 2011.

The Cubs blew so many scoring chances in the game – this really should have been a blowout Cubs win:

3rd inning – 1st and 3rd with 1 out, Starlin Castro grounded out to 3rd base and a run didn’t score. They did score a run on a passed ball, but it was a blown chance to have a big inning and the Reds answered with Jay Bruce’s 3-run home run in the top of the 4th inning to take a 3-1 lead.  It was a HUGE momentum swing…

4th inning – Bases loaded with nobody out and Geovany Soto grounds into a double-play.  Sure the Cubs got a run, but with the pitcher coming up, they only got 1.

5th inning – 3 singles in a row scored Darwin Barney, but then another costly double-play erases a 2 on, 1 out rally.

6th inning – Geovany Soto singles home a run with nobody out.  That knocks Edinson Volquez out of the 5-4 game.  Reed Johnson enters the game and is promptly hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out.  But Kosuke Fukudome struck out, Barney popped out to the catcher and Castro weakly grounded out to shortstop as the Cubs blow another golden opportunity to blow the game wide open.

The Cubs did score a single run in 4 consecutive innings, but they should have scored about 8 or 9 runs given the chances.  If the Cubs continue to fail to come through with the clutch hit with runners in scoring position, it is going to be a LONG season for the north siders.

Matt Garza was the tough-luck recipient of the Cubs lack of hitting, but he did not pitch the game the Cubs needed against the Reds.  Garza gave up 5 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks and he suffered his 4th loss because of it.

The Cubs fell to 14-17 on the season and trail the 1st place Cards by 4 games in the NL Central.

Casey Coleman looks to help the Cubs rally for a win against the Reds today at Wrigley.  Coleman has been downright bad of late – 11 ER on 12 walks and 14 hits in his last 3 starts – a streak spanning 13 1/3 innings pitched.  Coleman is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.96 WHIP.  Please please – let’s get Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner back in the starting rotation!

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