Well, Mike Quade got his wish for Matt Garza, as the latter evened out his record at 10-10 to finish the season. Garza was strong, as usual, and he’ll go into 2012 as the Cubs’ de facto ace.

The Cubs were set to lose a pitchers’ duel when the bats exploded for five runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Starlin Castro reached base safely for the 39th consecutive game, and hit safely in his 10th straight – that’s his fifth double digit hitting streak on the season.

  • Mike Foster

    Brett, another stat, 6 walks, 7 strike outs…. So, what have the opposing pitchers figured out about Lahair? Or is he just pressing too much?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The high fastball. He struggles with it a bit.

  • philoe beddoe

    they have probably figured out that he is not that good…maybe he is 4A afterall?…I still think he deserves some kind of shot…


    Soriano 26 HRs, 88 rbis….maybe the quietest “decent” season ever…or maybe its that his defense allowed more runs….only 3 more years!



    • Fishin Phil

      “Soriano 26 HRs, 88 rbis….maybe the quietest “decent” season ever…or maybe its that his defense allowed more runs….only 3 more years!”

      Is there honestly no AL team that could use that kind of production for in the DH slot?

  • Bridger

    “Is there honestly no AL team that could use that kind of production for in the DH slot?”

    Not for $17,000,000 a season…

    • Fishin Phil

      Obviously.  But what if we ate like $13 mil per year?  Would it be worth $4 Mil per year?

      • EQ76

        I think that those type of numbers from a DH are worth more than $4 mil a year.. I think it’s possible that the Cubs could get a team to pay 6-7 mil a year for Soriano.  26 HRs and 88 rbi is pretty good, especially when you don’t have to worry about his defensive liabilities.

  • CubFan Paul

    197 StrikeOuts in 198 innings & a 3.32era ..Matt Garza was well worth the price in ‘prospects’ and hopefully the new GM acquires another stud starting pitcher to rebuild this rotation

    • EQ76

      and just think what kind of record he’d have if we would have given him some run support!

      • CubFan Paul

        stats from carrie muskat:

        Garza endured an eight-start stretch from July 2-Aug. 9 during which he was supported with run tallies of 0, 0, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1, 0, going 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in those games. This year, he has left seven starts with a lead and not factored in the decision, plus a complete-game, 1-0 setback July 2 vs. the White Sox.

        definitely the de facto ACE

    • chris margetis

      If we can trade the same amount of “prospects” for another one of these guys, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Unfortunately the Cubs no longer have the same “amount” of those kind of prospects (high level, MLB-ready-ish) this time around.

  • chris margetis

    Here’s the question: If this off season, a potential DH hits the market, albeit slightly older, and his line is .244 26 HR’s and 88 RBI, what kind of contract does he pull???

    • Toosh

      Less than $18 million per.

      • chris margetis

        I’d bet it’s a hell of a lot closer to $10 mil than it is to $4 mil per year…

        • CubFan Paul

          Vlad got $8million from the Orioles for this year & $6mill in 2010

          David Ortiz is a free agent this offseason: .307/.397/.555 29HRs & 96RBI (f’n wow) and he’s making $12.5million

          Soriano will be the 2nd best DH bat “available” behind Big Papi for sure and a whole lot cheaper

          • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

            Agreed 6-8M a year is ahold price for Soriano as a DH.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              If I’m an AL team, I wouldn’t “pay” more than $4 to $5 million per year for Soriano, especially over three years.

  • willis

    I didn’t realize dude has 88 RBI…for some reason that seems like his highest total since he’s been here? I am ready for the Soriano era to be over more than anyone, but he did put up some decent power numbers and that HR last night was a bomb. Hopefully someone on the AL side is paying attention and in need of some pop. I think if the Cubs will pay $11 or so million he’ll be attractive to someone.

  • willis

    Oh and Garza is fucking awesome.

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