Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Splitsville

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.

No magic for Groggles on Sunday night.

No magic for Groggles on Sunday night.

“[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 theRangersIndiansRed 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.

22 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Splitsville

  1. juliedicaro says:

    I love Travis Wood. I got to be on the field for BP on Thursday, and, after Wood banged three shots off the wall, I yelled “Get it, Travis!” and he pumped his fist in the air like Judd Nelson at the end of
    The Breakfast Club.

    It doesn’t take much to complete win me over.

    Other things that won me over? Blake Parker’s beard.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      The Breakfast Club has one of my all time favorite John Hughes quotes:”Does Barry Manilow know you raid his closet?”

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Actually, Julie is asked that question a lot too.

        1. sloanpeterson2 says:

          It’s those sliver ruffled sleeves that do it every time…

  2. Doc Blume says:

    I’d be ok if the Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Cardinals.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      I would rather Garza go to the Cardinals then the Rangers, but I would rather Garza go to any team but the Dodgers…

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Honestly, I want Garza to go to a team with some good prospects that we can pick from. The dodgers ain’t one of those teams.

        I don’t see Garza as being as consistently good as many others do.

        I’m also ok with the Cubs making him a qualifying offer and getting an extra draft pick instead of trading him.

  3. juliedicaro says:

    Blue Jays fans are all up in my face about Garza, despite rumors that they Jays are out of it. Maybe there’s still something to it?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      no…no there is not.

  4. gidard says:

    I was so hoping that we’d take 3 0f 4 from the Cards.
    When we tied it in the 8th I thought we were on our way.
    O well.
    We really are playing fairly well right now.
    I hope the trades don’t kill us.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The trades will kill us.

      I think Garza is gone by the end of the week.

      And a couple of others will probably be not far behind him.

    2. sloanpeterson2 says:

      The only good thing about the flop last night, was at least the Cubs did not start punching each other on national t.v., like the Angels Blanton vs the catcher. The cameras had followed the pitcher off into the dugout and caught Blanton taking a swing at the catcher, the pitching coach getting in the middle and then the water cooler bought it and they went to commercial…

  5. Doc Blume says:

    Bryan LaHair was an All-Star last year.

    I’m not sure why my mind is blown away by this right now and not a year ago.

  6. juliedicaro says:

    Coming tonight: A HR-derby thread and the ability to vote on the 10 Worst Cubs of All-Time.

    Don’t go away.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      Can we have a comparision of your first pitch vs. Carly Rae Jepson’s first pitch?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Oh…I think they were just about equivalent from what I’ve heard.

        Speaking of which…what is Carly Rae Jepson’s claim to fame exactly?

        1. sloanpeterson2 says:

          Friend of Bieber…

          1. Doc Blume says:

            Good grief…seriously?

            1. sloanpeterson2 says:

              Yup- competed on Canadian American Idol show, Bieber and or manager spotted her, had her put stuff on Internet, one big hit song…..

              1. johnnywest333 says:

                We should ban mentioning “The Bieb” on LOHO.

              2. sloanpeterson2 says:

                He asked, and I gave him an answer…

              3. Doc Blume says:

                Answer at your own risk.

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