The Happiest Man In Baseball

Another tough-luck loss for Matt Garza.

Three of his last four starts have been terrific, well deserving of a win, but the Cubs just don’t score behind him.

-7/2  – Complete game 1-0 loss vs. White Sox
-7/14 – Seven shutout innings in 6-3 loss vs. Marlins (Marmol blew save)
-7/19 – Seven innings of 1-R ball in 4-2 loss vs. Philly (Marshall blew save)

Garza is (4-7) through 18 starts. His adjusted win record is (7-5). The Cubs have blown the lead in four of his starts, including Tuesday night.


How huge was Starlin Castro’s first inning home run?

Cliff Lee entered the game having allowed one run or less in 6 of his last 7 starts. Castro erased that with one swing of the bat!

Lee, however, quickly returned to form looking more like the guy who went (5-0) with a 0.21 ERA in June.

He fanned six Cubs, walked none and left the game after six innings having tossed 89 pitches. Another ho-hum outing for the lefty.


Goevany Soto’s throwing error marked the Cubs’ 85th miscue this season–worst in the majors.

Philly, on the other hand, sports the top fielding percentage in the National League with just 45 errors on the season.

The Philles have committed 2 errors over its last 73.0 innings played.


More Reed Please
Since April 12 Johnson is batting .354 with an OBP of .384.
He continues to smash left-handed pitching at a .320 clip, including two doubles and a
single on Tuesday.
Why isn’t Reed in the starting lineup more often?


Who’s the happiest man in baseball?
Jeff Keppinger, that’s who!
The utility infielder was traded from Houston to San Fran on Tuesday.
In less than 24 hours Keppinger went from the major’s worst team to a divsion leading
one–an improvement of 25 wins!


Trader Jack McKeon on his decision to remove reliever Randy Choate in the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the Mets with a count of 2-0 against Lucas Duda:

I’m interested in winning,” McKeon said. “I thought that was the right move. It’s nothing personal. I just had the feeling—this is the move I have to make. And it worked.”

-“I’m trying to emphasize how to win, leave your egos at the door. That’s No. 1.”

No surprise the Marlins have played winning baseball since McKeon took over in June (15-10).


Wire Watch

Former Cubs:
-Chad Gaudin, DFA by Washington.
-Aaron Heilman released by Arizona.

-Baltimore transferred Brian Roberts from 15-Day DL to 60-Day DL.
-Mets activated Jose Reyes from the 15-Day DL.


NL Central Watch

First place Pirates blank Reds 1-0.
Mets beat St. Louis 4-2.
Milwaukee tops Arizona 11-3.

Pit – x
Mil – 1.0
StL – 1.5
Cin – 5.0

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