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Matt Garza takes the mound for the Cubs, looking for the sweep.

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Arizona Diamondbacks (42-45) at Chicago Cubs (35-52), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Trevor Cahill (7-7, 3.64 ERA, 1.279 WHIP)

versus

Matt Garza (4-7, 4.32 ERA, 1.196 WHIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Willie Bloomquist, 3B

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Stephen Drew, SS

5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

6. Miguel Montero, C

7. Chris Young, CF

8. Gerardo Parra, LF

9. Trevor Cahill, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Bryan LaHair, RF

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Matt Garza, P

  • MaxM1908

    I just really like that lineup. Every time I see it, I’m convinced we have a better than average chance of winning the game. It’s nice to see how the squad has developed this year into a half-way respectable lineup.

  • Mrp

    Man, Garza’s WHIP and ERA just don’t look like they belong to the same pitcher. He really has been beaten up by the HR this year.

  • art

    wasn’t that always his problem?

    • Mrp

      Yes, but It’s worse this year.

  • http://bleachernation.com grace17

    This by far my favorite lineup! Makes me feel warm in the belly..

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    2 dark horse trade partners for the Cubs… Padres and Nationals… The padres and Hoyer are as familiar as they can get with each other. They also have a nice looking 3B in their system. The Nationals would be interesting. I say they could be a trade partner for one reason. If Steven Strasburg really does get shut down, the Nat’s need another solid arm. Just another 2 teams to look at that not everyone is speculating about.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Breaking News w/ Dodgers Chad Billingsley has been scratched with an undisclosed injury. I wonder if this will impact the Dempster trade talks

    • Shawn H

      It certainly wouldn’t hurt (no pun intended).

      • Shawn H

        I got this off MLBTraderumors.com. From ESPNinsider Buster Olney, “The Cubs are looking to deal Dempster soon so it doesn’t affect the marketing of Garza. While the Dodgers were the favorite for Dempster, they may not be able to outgun the competition”.

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    • djriz

      If it’s a longterm injury, Demp has to net us Lee and Reed.
      That would be amazing.
      Or, the Dodgers could just ‘pack it in’ and we’d have to go elsewhere.

    • Kevin

      Billingsley is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts. In his last five outings, he is 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA. He underwent an MRI exam Sunday and left Dodger Stadium without talking to reporters.

  • Austin

    How does the Comp work for Dempster in FA? Would the Cubs get the comp pick from him or would the team he is traded to get it? Or would neither team be rewared a comp pick? I’ve been trying to find that out but no luck.

    • MaxM1908

      I’m pretty sure that neither team gets the comp pick. Under the new rules, I a player has to be on the roster for a year to produce a compensation pick. So, no more comp picks for renting a player after the trade deadline. I’ve seen nothing which leads me to believe the Cubs would get the pick for trading a player during their last year of contract.

    • Melrosepad

      To get a compensation pick now the free agent to be has to be on the same team the entire year and they have to offer him a $12 mil one year contract if memory serves. So if the player is traded there is no compensation at all.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    If or should I say when Dempster gets traded the team he gets traded to would have no chance for compensation under the New CBA.because he would have to be on a team for a whole season to get a chance to get compensation… If the Cubs keep Dempster rules make it harder for the Cubs to get compensation even I think they have to offer him some sort of a 1 year deal I believe and if he goes elsewhere then I think the compensation would get into some sort of arbitration process ( I could be wrong with this part if the Cubs keep Dempster)

  • AD

    Obviously it’s pure speculation, but I saw someone in Detroit mention that it might take Nick Castellanos to acquire Dempster at this point. While I don’t think that this scenario is likely, Dempster’s value is clearly at the highest point ever.

    • MaxM1908

      From the speculative reports I’m seeing, it looks like Dodger and Tigers may be in a bidding war on Dempster. That would be awesome for the Cubs. If we could flip him for a quality prospect or two AND get him back for next season as a Free Agent, that would be a coup among coups.

  • art

    how far away would you say Castellanos is?

    • Austin

      Sounds like he could compete for a roster spot next year during ST for Detroit.

    • djriz

      Most ‘experts’ say 2014. Hitting very well (not great) as a 20 yr old in AA.

    • Bails17

      Mid to late 2013 is a possibility…more likely 2014

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      Im pretty sure Castellanos is as ready as a prospect can get. That’s why the Tigers are trying him out in the OF. They are trying to fast tracking him this year.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        Fast track, not tracking, my bad.

  • AD

    The Tigers have a tendency to rush young players, but seeing as he is blocked at third base, it is hard to say. In the unlikely scenario that he ends up on the Cubs, I would say that he is one and a half to two years away given Jed and Theo’s philosophy on letting their prospects fully progress.

    • Austin

      Sounds like the Tigers have been working him out in RF recently for that exact reason. Also V-Mart will probably not be on the team next year so they could put Fielder or Cabrera (sp?) at DH and 1st and then Castellanos at 3rd.

    • MaxM1908

      I saw a report that the Tigers are moving him to RF in order to keep Cabrera from blocking him at 3rd. One report said he could be called up in September and could be on the team at RF next season. If he were to come to the Cubs because of a blockbuster deal, I’d think he’d be capable of being on the 25 man roster by 2014. Perhaps earlier if we had the need at 3rd.

  • MaxM1908

    I know Castellanos isn’t happening, but what do you think would get the job done (and acceptable to this FO)? Tigers have a need at RF. Any chance that Dempster, LaHair, Jackson and/or Vitters gets us Castellanos? Who would be giving up the greater value in that scenario?

    • Bric

      If the Tigers are serious about winning now there shouldn’t be a single player not currently contributing for them who’s not available. Back in the off season when the Tigers were talking about Garza and Stewart came here my first thought was of castellanos (Stewart being a two year stop gap). Hendry’s not here any more to wait to the last minute and then get Blake DeWitt, Richie Robbnett, and Kyle Smit for proven veterans and a little salary relief.

      Every start that Demp and Garza make is one more the Tigers can get back and if they’re not willing to deal their top talent then there are at least 9 other teams that will. It’s a seller’s market and any trade with the Tigers for anything less than Castellanos and Turner or Smyly is Hendry 2.0

      • Drew7

        I have a hard time believing 1.5 yrs of Garza is worth 2 top-50 prospects. If I were you, I’d be preparing myself for disappointment.

        Hendry 2.0 would be the Tigers GM putting a serious dent in his chances of winning in the future in order to possibly gain a couple wins this year. Ask yourself: would I want Theo to trade Soler and Baez for 1.5 yrs of Garza if the Cubs were in contention? I know I wouldn’t.

        • Bric

          Good point (even if the Tigers have suddenly started acting like credit card millionaires). But the point is, if they’re not willing to part with 2 of these 3 guys, one of which is Castellanos, then don’t deal with them at all. like I said, there’s at least 9 other teams out there.

          The Rays demanded 2 of the top 3 Cubs prospects (Lee and one of either Archer or McNutt) and got them along with the Cubs minor league player of the year (Guyer) and an above average reserve outfielder. Pretty nice haul. Also, Archer and Lee were both top 100 prospects at the time so it can happen. You just gotta play hard ball and don’t settle for less.

  • nkniacc13

    I think if the Tigers want Barney with Dempster or Garza then the Cubs are likely to demand Castellanos in a deal

  • Jeff

    Looovvvveeee Barney!!

  • willis

    Garza pumping 95 cheese with movement makes me want to hold onto him. He can be a building block. And I just don’t get why he isn’t. Power arm, super competitor, playoff experience, fairly durable. It’s the kind of arm teams want in their rotation. So why not keep him? Regardless of return. No guarantee the return will amount to 1/2 what Garza gives you. JMO, and probably unpopular.

  • willis

    And as soon as I type that dude is losing control like a MF. I suck.

  • Jeff

    You think Toronto might have some interest in Marmol now that Santos is out for the year???

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      I don’t know about available closers but if they were interested then Marmol I don’t think the Cubs would hesitate to trade him. Marmol can go with Garza in a trade as a sweetner. I guess you could say he’s a little sweeter now that Santos is done.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        Damn auto correct. In not then.

      • Quintz

        The Cubs would have to include a third player, named “Mountain O’Cash” for Marmol to sweeten any deal.

        • Bric

          Isn’t that Rock Shoulders’ nick name?

        • Jeff

          I don’t think so, if a team needs a player and we have a person that fits, then you buy the player and his contract and we get your prospect. We aren’t that desperate to move a player and give away cash just because you think he sucks. I’d rather keep a player and let him play out his contract, that’s why the Zambrano for Volstad will go down as a lousy trade.

  • cubsin

    The Tigers’ owner is in his mid-80′s and wants a World Series win. That’s why they signed Prince. A year and a half of Garza gives him two chances to get it. In addition, if Garza leaves as a free agent after 2013, they’ll get a first-round and supplemental first-round draft pick as compensation to replenish their farm system.

  • Andrew

    Classic Garza lol

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    I feel like Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore when I see Matt Garza try to throw to first. “Alright Matty, take it nice and easy… That wasn’t nice and easy”

  • Kevin

    Post Allstar Game – Garza’s ERA 0.00

  • calicubsfan007

    Rizzo knocking in runs, just another day in the office. Nice homer Barney!

  • AD

    Would Mike Minor or Randall Delgado be acceptable compensation for Ryan Dempster?

  • Kevin

    Turner and Castellanos for Garza and Dempster

    • Jeff

      Hell No! Each one of our guys should net at least two quality prospects! Especially with Garza’s performance today.

  • Jeff

    Go Barney!!!! Finally, a football player who doesn’t butcher the seventh inning stretch

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    At home Garza is 2-1 with a 2.50 era. On the road 2-6 with an era of 5.67.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Camp’s streak is over.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Marmol

  • Jeff

    Yes!!!!!! Everbody looking good leading up to trade deadline.. Yippie

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    Not so much about Castro.

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