Chicago Cubs Tuesday Headlines: Enough with the ads, Matt Garza is good (and healthy!) and let Travis Wood pitch!

The Cup is ours. No, not that Cup. Well, actually, that Cup, too, but I’m talking about the Crosstown Cup! For the first time in the history of the BP Crosstown Cup, the series has been swept. And it was swept by a certain team from a certain side of a certain city, my frents. matt-garza

With scouts from the Giants, Dodgers and Pirates among the professional vultures surveying the carcasses of the non-contending White Sox and Cubs as the trade deadline looms, the crosstown rivals competed Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field as if the outcome really mattered.

The Cubs completed this season’s domination of the South Siders with an 8-2 victory and a delayed sweep of the four-game series.

The makeup of the rained-out May 28 game got underway after a 29-minute rain delay as a crowd of 31,552 assembled to watch Matt Garza showcase his talents against Sox starter Hector Santiago.

Garza (5-1) went seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out six. The Cubs peppered Sox pitchers with 13 hits and used a five-run eighth inning to seal the deal.

Alas, depsite Garza’s third stellar outing in a row, and despite yesterday’s hilarious-and-obviously-intentionally-planted-rumor, he’s still probably going to be traded:

Garza will be a free agent and is expected to hit the market no matter where he winds up.

The latest wrinkle in the Garza sweepstakes was a report by CBSSports.com that the Cubs have spoken to Garza’s agent about a possible extension. A team source confirmed the talks but said the sides were far apart in their estimation of Garza’s value, and a trade still is likely to happen in the next three weeks.

After Monday night’s game, Garza said he wants to stay and that it’s 50/50 that he will get an extension.

“It’s always on the table,” he said. “I voice my opinion on how I love it here. My family loves it here and it’s always something that you think about. Like I said, I don’t know which route they’re going to go. I’m just going to keep doing my part and get ready for every five days.”

In news of other good starters, why won’t the Cubs let Travis Wood pitch?

For the first time since 1998, the Cubs will go into the All-Star Game knowing none of their players will participate.

Travis Wood pitches Sunday and will not be available. Though the collective bargaining agreement says a starter can pitch up to one inning if he elects to, the Cubs have told NL manager Bruce Bochy they don’t want him to pitch. Bochy will chose a replacement, likely Giants reliever Sergio Romo.

“The good thing about it is he’ll be pitching Sunday night” on ESPN’s nationally televised game,” manager Dale Sveum said. “A pretty good venue for a guy who deserves as much as anybody to be in the game, and to pitch on Sunday night against the Cardinals leading into the All Star Game is promoting the All-Star Game as much as anything.”

(Steps up onto soap-box) So here’s the thing: This is Travis Wood’s first all-star game. Given the Cubs luck, he’ll probably completely suck every year after this one and never make another all-star team. For crying out loud, let the guy pitch. I get that he’s pitching on Sunday night and pitching on a Tuesday will mess up his schedule, blah blah blah. But what are they worried about keeping him on schedule for? A huge run at the postseason? The charge to the top of the division? Find someone else to pitch Sunday. Let Travis have his moment in the sun.

In other news that makes me mad, the Cubs scoreboard is about to get a whole lot more commercial (which we knew), as the club has outlined a plan to cram ads onto the outfield walls, behind home plate, and even on the scoreboard clock. I’m not a Wrigley Field purist by any sense of the imagination, but I also don’t want to see it resemble a NASCAR . .  car. Here are some helpful graphics showing where the team could put additional signs.

The Cubs kick off a two-game series against the Angels tonight at Wrigley,  before the Cardinals come to town on Thursday. I’ll be throwing out the first pitch on Thursday, and as I stood on the rubber and bounced it off home plate the last time around, I’m looking for tips on not looking like an idiot. Thanks in advance.

17 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Tuesday Headlines: Enough with the ads, Matt Garza is good (and healthy!) and let Travis Wood pitch!

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I kinda feel the same way as Julie about the Travis Wood not pitching in the All-Star game thing. Seriously…give the kid the day off on the Sunday and let him pitch in the game on Tuesday. He isn’t likely to get in the All-Star game again and this season is pretty much over for the Cubs, so let the kid have a chance at being in the spotlight.

    And that crap about the Sunday national spotlight stuff is just bull. The Sunday before the All-Star break is just about as dead of an evening as you can get in terms of baseball.

    Dale Sveum is really starting to piss me off. I’ve been keeping an open mind with this dork for a season and a half now, but I’m getting tired of this shit.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    As far as the ads are concerned…I’ve been pretty tolerant of what they have put around the ballpark to this point. Adding more behind the place seems a bit much…and adding larger doors in the outfield kinda sucks…but there is a rumor that the Cubs are exploring putting the bullpens under the bleachers, so that might be a necessity.

    I’m actually kinda surprised they haven’t attempted to put advertising on baskets yet. I would have expected the team to have done that before putting the underarmour ads up on the outfield walls.

    And putting an ad up on the clock…I’m going to draw the line there…no. No ad on the clock. That’s wrong.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    Julie, if I were you…I’d throw out your first pitch fast-pitch softball style.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Haa. No. I need to fire a strike in there. Maybe I won’t pitch out of the stretch this time.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Well…you should do it Kent Tekulve style. (Still one of my most favorite pitchers of all time.)

        1. juliedicaro says:

          Maybe I’ll submarine it. I’ll probably torque my elbow and ruin my arm for the rest of my life, but it might be worth it.

          1. sloanpeterson2 says:

            Throw it like the south Korean gymnast.

      2. gidard says:

        Stroke your goatee ala Garza.
        Then let it rip.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    where is everyone today?

  5. cubsluver22 says:

    I assume we’ll have to wait until Arrieta’s 90 something days of service time is up or whatever to see him the majors, think its sometime at the 1st of August. Cubs can call someone up for a spot start though Sunday.

  6. cubsluver22 says:

    I wish the Indians would unload Bauer plus more for Garza and Gregg.

  7. Doc Blume says:

    Hey Gravedigger…

    Scott Hairston is leading off for the Nationals tonight.

    Have fun with that.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Just watch the SOB go 4-4 with a HR, 3 RBI and 2 SB’s or something.

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    By the way,it is taking forever for the page to load, and to post comments…

  9. gidard says:

    Wow!
    Cubs on WGN wednesday and friday.
    On FOX saturday.(although NM will probably get the Rangers again. Or those f***ing Yankees. Or even worse the Dodgers.)
    On ESPN sunday.
    Possibly 4 times in 5 days I can see them.
    And right during their hot streak.

  10. gidard says:

    Hey!
    In how many games we are under .500, we’re back to single digits.
    Go Cubs!!!

  11. cubsluver22 says:

    Here come the biogenesis suspensions. Reportedly to be handed out right after All-Star break. The price of Starting pitching could get sky high. Yay us

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