Cubs Monday Headlines: Rocky Mountain Low

The Cubs entered Sunday with a chance to win a series against the Rockies and make my birthday an extra special one. Unfortunately, they did neither. A throwing error by Junior Lake allowed two runs to score in the sixth inning and the Cubs lost 4-3. It didn’t help that both those men were on base because of Edwin Jackson walksChicago Cubs  v Cincinnati Reds

“One of those walks scored but one scored on an overthrow,” Jackson said. “(Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer) were two good hitters. I just didn’t make my pitches. I have to make them hit the ball. Regardless, I don’t think those two walks killed me in the game. An open base for Cuddyer, who is one of their best hitters, I don’t necessarily mind that walk.”

And Edwin won’t hold a grudge against Junior for helping to break his three-game winning streak.

“It’s just one of those unfortunate plays, just one of those games,” Jackson said. “It’s a do-or-die play.

“It’s tough, but he’s young and he’s full of energy, and I’m sure he’s pretty excited. But he’s been doing a great job out there so far.”

It’s hard to blame a guy who’s learning to play center field in the majors. One bright spot for the team yesterday was Starlin Castro, who went 4-5.

Shortstop Starlin Castro kept the Rockies on their toes, going 4-for-5 with three singles and a double, the 10th four-hit game of his career and his first this year. Castro admitted he lost some confidence in his first game back from the All-Star break, but Sunday’s performance cleared any doubts from his mind.

“I feel positive [mentally], don’t think about nothing negative, just play baseball like I always do and be aggressive,” he said.

Unfortunately, the team was 1-25 with runners in scoring position for the series. It’s tough to win games when you’re hitting like that.

“We outhit them, we just didn’t outscore them,” Jackson said. “So it was just one of those days where they have the timely hits and we didn’t. But nevertheless we still fought hard, and we don’t really have much to hold our heads down about.

Remember when there was a 99% chance that Matt Garza wouldn’t be a Cub by the time his next start rolled around? Guess who’s starting tonight for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks…

“I’d say 100 percent he’s going to be pitching tomorrow,” manager Dale Sveum predicted on Sunday at Coors Field.

So “Garza Watch” continues, with team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer waiting for the team that will meet their asking price, which is believed to be three players, at least one close to major-league ready, with an emphasis on pitching.

While we wait on the Matt Garza trade, other players are pondering their futures, too.

“Garza’s a headline piece, but I think that in the baseball world, people are looking for relievers,” said Gregg, who relishes a chance to pitch in the playoffs for the first time since he was a setup guy for the Angels in 2005. “I hope I’m on that list.”

So Kevin Gregg can’t wait to get out of town. I understand, but I wish he didn’t sound quite so giddy.

27 thoughts on “Cubs Monday Headlines: Rocky Mountain Low

  1. Doc Blume says:

    If you are an ex-Cub who plays for the Astros…you had a bad day yesterday.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Ronny Cedeno and . . . . ???

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Carlos Peña.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    The royal baby is about to be born.


  3. juliedicaro says:

    I have never had as frustrating a weekend as I did this weekend. Every time I passed along info a trusted source sent me, I would get all these jerks tweeting back at me “How do YOU know?” “Are you just RTing what everyone else says?” “You’re a poor excuse for a journalist.”

    WTF? I blocked me people this weekend than I did in the last two years.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      You are becoming Paul Sullivan.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        You take that back.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Or what? You’ll block me?

          1. juliedicaro says:

            But seriously, if you like one blog, why does that mean you have to yell at people who run other blogs? I don’t understand.

            1. Doc Blume says:

              Didn’t you ever read your bible? It’s one of the 10 commandments…the 6th I think.

          2. gravedigger says:

            god dammit where’s that like button

            1. Doc Blume says:


  4. juliedicaro says:

    Sounds like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Boston are the new names in the Garza talks.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Pittsburgh…I’m cool with that. They’ve got some nice prospects.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I think the Cubs really would rather send Garza to a contender.

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I like the idea of Garza going to Pittsburgh or Baltimore, not so much Boston. 2 days of ESPN cheerleading for Boston will do that. And was it just me, or did umpires in general have an off weekend on calls?

  6. Doc Blume says:

    Now that the Cubs backed out of the trade with the Rangers for Garza, I’m expecting Garza to start sucking to the point where they have to trade him to the Dodgers for a washed up relief pitcher.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s going down with an injury tonight.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I don’t wish that on Garza…

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The royal baby is a boy, 8 pounds 6 oz. Coworkers are celebrating, and a few are going to lunch at a British pub in downtown Pasadena, where no doubt, the tv will be blasting…

    1. wow, just what the world needed- another over privileged white guy who is out of touch with the way most people live their lives.

  9. juliedicaro says:

    There’s been this on-going thing on Twitter that teams (like the Red Sox) are more interested in Peavy than in Garza. How can that possibly be the case? He’s the only pitcher I can think of who spends more time on the DL than Garza.

  10. juliedicaro says:

    Garza pulled from the lineup, deal with Texas said to be “near.” Per Ken Rosenthal.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I don’t think Garza is ever going to pitch again….just because of an “imminent” deal happens every 3 days.

  11. Doc Blume says:

    It sounds like Mike Olt is part of the deal…he’s being described at an Ian Stewart type who will look to resurrect his career in Chicago.


  12. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Just what the Cubs need….

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