Chicago Cubs Sunday Game Thread: All Star Break Eve

The All Star Break is a time for players and coaches to relax, enjoy a few days off and recharge the batteries for the second half. The last few years, it’s been our chance to escape from watching horrid baseball, though this year is a different story. It has been a struggle at times in the first half, but the Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight games and haven’t been making us want to pull our hair out quite as much as they normally do. Of course, that could all change if more trades are made and we’re relegated to watching half the Iowa roster come to Chicago. travis wood

The one player most mentioned in trade rumors is Matt Garza. He pitched well again yesterday, and the fans at Wrigley Field gave him a well-deserved ovation as he left the game after 6 2/3 innings pitched. It was one of those “we may never see you again, but thanks for the memories” moments. Garza missed it, as he was frustrated that he didn’t finish the seventh inning.

“I didn’t really pay attention, I was pissed off that I didn’t finish that inning,” Garza said. “Everybody said that everybody stood up and was clapping for me. That’s awesome. But 6 2/3 doesn’t deserve that. Seven, eight, nine does. I appreciate it, but I hope this isn’t my last one.”

And this is why we’ll miss him if/when he gets traded. The absence of his honesty, passion for the game and pitching ability will be noticed. Last night’s win put the Cubs in the position to at least split the four game series with the Cards, and potentially win three out of four. While it’s always nice to win the last game before the Break, it’s even better to win the last game against the Cardinals and know that all of St. Louis will be sad. Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30) will be attempting to keep St. Louis happy as tonight’s starter for the Cards. He’s an All Star and has the opportunity to be the NL’s first 13-game winner. The Cubs counter with their own All Star, Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69). Wood has been a quality start machine this season, with 17 in 18 starts. Hopefully we’ll be discussing 18 for 19 in tomorrow’s headlines.


The lineup has not yet been posted. I’ll update when it becomes available. Game time is 7:05 Central, and you’ll be able to watch on ESPN.

18 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Sunday Game Thread: All Star Break Eve

  1. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I’m happy that I will get to watch it, as All-star weeks means no baseball. Watched Giants no-hitter, and they were talking about what Texas could give Theo for Garza…

  2. juliedicaro says:

    Another lazy triple from lazy Starlin.

  3. cubbydon says:

    ESPN is SO bad. Starlin Castro gets his first day off in 2 years and they call it a “benching”. Then on Castro’s triple, Hershiser says that Starlin “can fly. Fly??? Castro has better than average speed, but he does NOT fly. Morons!

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Tweet of the night:

      “I’m beginning to think Orel dresses up like a woman and hangs out in the lobby of the Cardinals’ hotel.”

      1. cubbydon says:

        That wouldn’t make him a bad person, although I don’t think I’d cast him as the lead in “Pretty Woman”.

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The Cardinals are not winning this game, the Cubs are giving the game to them…

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Aaaaand, here comes the discussion about the Cubs, and Garza…

  6. juliedicaro says:

    One of my sources told me that Orel spent way more time in the Cards locker room than either of the other broadcasters. HA.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      Maybe he wants a job?

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Barney goes yard,after Orel keeps saying how he sucks…

  8. dabirdguy says:

    It is seriously sad when our 2 core “building blocks” are morons.

  9. johnnywest333 says:

    LaSpeechless again.

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Can the Cubs dock their pay?

  11. johnnywest333 says:

    I’d dock their boat, their butt and their pay.

  12. johnnywest333 says:

    Wow Cody WOW

  13. johnnywest333 says:

    I’m all Cubbed out, thank God we have the All Star break.

  14. dabirdguy says:

    Up until tonight I was against trading Garza.
    My thinking was that they might be close and that if we continued to get good starting pitching and assembled a REAL bullpen over the winter we might be competitive next year and even better as the kids came up.
    I’ve seen little league teams with better knowledge of the game and sounder fundamentals.
    Castro is a joke. Million dollar talent and a 10 cent brain.
    Soriano is the poster child for the elderly.
    Ratso is pathetic. He looks like he’s bored to death and would rather be home petting his cat.

    Break them up and trade them all if anyone is dumb enough to take them.

  15. juliedicaro says:

    That was. . uh . . something.

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