If you, like me, were in bed insanely early last night, you missed one wild and wacky game. The Cubs twice battled back from deficits only to see the Cardinals respond and ultimately put the game away in the ninth. The biggest hero for the Cards was Captain Neck Tattoo himself, Yadier Molina. He was 3-4 with a three-run homer in the ninth against Groggles.
“[Molina] is unbelievable,” Barney said. “Sometimes you just don’t know how to get the guy out. I don’t know where to play him. It’s tough. Once we get a little momentum, he’s just a dagger every time.”
Travis Wood wasn’t at his sharpest and didn’t record his 18th quality start, but he did manage 5.2 innings while only allowing three runs. He’s happy to see the improvement of the team over the first half.
“We have certainly made some strides ,” Wood said. “We were struggling early and losing a lot of one-run games. As of late we have kind of overcome some of that. We have strung together some good games. I think we are right on pace to continue that.”
And he’s eager to replace his side session with an inning in the All Star Game Tuesday night.
”If it happens, it happens,” Wood said. “I am available and I am going into it expecting to (pitch). If not I won’ t be disappointed or anything and I will understand. We will see what happens.”
Hopefully Bruce Bochy won’t be a big jerk.
As we head into the All Star Break, Matt Garza trade rumors have reached an apex, with Jon Heyman reporting that the Cubs told him to expect a trade.
Cubs star right-hander Matt Garza, who separated himself as the top available starting pitcher with a string of impressive recent outings, has received notice that he will likely be traded after contract talks didn’t produce an extension. Garza is drawing interest from theRangers, Indians, Red Sox and Cardinals, among others.
I don’t think Garza would publicly acknowledge this, but when asked after last night’s game, he denied the rumor.
When Chicago media asked Garza about the report after Sunday’s game, he said: “I haven’t heard anything like that.”
In case you missed it, the Cardinals are one of the teams mentioned in trade rumors.
A Cardinals-Cubs trade would be a real rarity. The last major-league trade between the two rivals occurred almost 11 years ago, in August 2002, when Jeff Fassero was the big name going from the Cubs to the Cards.
The only other Cubs-Cardinals trade in the last 33 years was in June 1995, when Todd Zeile went from the Cardinals to the Cubs.
People familiar with the Cubs say that the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer braintrust wouldn’t have a problem trading within the division (and with a rival), and the feeling is that it wouldn’t bother Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, either.
I’d hate to see that.