If pitcher dominates the Houston Astros (in the woods), does it really count?

I’m going to say yes, because I’m biased. Matt Garza dominated the Astros this evening, marking back-to-back dominant starts for him. Solo homers from Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, and Scott Hairston accounted for the Cubs’ only runs.

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  • Wester

    Detroit releases valverde…Kevin Gregg and Darwin barney for Cabrera!

    • Dynastyin2017

      not unless detroit throws in castellanos….

      • Rich H

        And Rondon. IF we are going to fleece them then lets get this over with.

    • MichiganGoat

      I’m drunk so a die hardian idea hit me- trade Ian Stewart for Papa Grande… they both have the same contract and neither team wants the player they have. At least we’d get a increase in BellyFire.

      • Tommy K

        But it takes more than Bellyfire to win a World Series!

  • Kenster

    Garza and Gregg picking me up big fantasy points!

  • Rizzo44

    Awesome to finally see Rizzo homer. Maybe another win tommorow? Then another? Thats called a winning streak!!

  • Rcleven

    One of the longest games I have ever watched.
    Astro manager managing like it’s the world series.

    • Carew

      I think the Astros are heading in the right direction with him, at least from the little I’ve seen, with the few talents they have

  • Drew7

    Sad fact: Houston has a higher team wRC+ than the Cubs.

  • BN”Legs”

    Well played game all around (except for a lazy Castro error). Glad I sat (and drank) through the 3+ hr rain delay. Actually turned out to be a perfect day for baseball!!’

  • CubsFanSaxMan

    Let’s hear it for “Lights Out” Gregg. He continues to ramp up his value!

    • Tobias

      It may be besides the point, but Gregg has turned into the feel good story for the Cubs.

  • Deacon

    Anything other than a Top 25 HEALTHY prospect for Kevin Gregg would be a major fail.

    He’s 11-for-11 with an ERA under 1.00. And he’s making the MLB minimum.

    What other closer on the market can you say that about?

    About time the national hacks like Duquette recognize Goggles is not the same pitcher he was and can have a huge effect on a pennant race.

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    • DocPeterWimsey

      Top 25? Sure: but it won’t be a Top 10 guy unless it’s a deal with a franchise a bad farm system. The other FO’s all know that Gregg’s run cannot last. Gregg is having a great little run, but he’s still Kevin Gregg: and sooner or later (more probably sooner), it will be batting practice again.

      Gregg himself is not even 100% relevant: most FO’s have finally learned that relievers simply are not worth surrendering major prospects.

      • Rebuilding

        Once again I’ll point you to the Fangraphs article on Gregg. That’s just it – he’s not the same Kevin Gregg. He’s totally changed his pitch selection and gotten rid of the flat slider he threw that usually got blasted. Did you see the curveball he threw today? That was not a weapon before. He figured something out.

      • Deacon

        I agree with you on the second paragraph but not the first one. His approach is completely different. Will the ERA stay under 1.00? Of course not. But there’s no reason he can’t keep it under 3.00 with an 85% success rate.

        • Pat

          There are plenty of reasons to believe he cannot keep up his current production. They can be found in his historical statistics on Baseball Reference. He hasn’t been transformed, finally figured it out, or all of a sudden gets it. He has 600 iinnings showing he is mediocre but serviceable, and twenty two that indicate he is anything else. People are going to base their value on the larger sample.

          • Pat

            That should have been a reply to the earlier comment above

            • Rebuilding

              Read the article above. Pitching is different than hitting in that a pitcher can develop a new pitch or scrap an ineffective one (both of which Gregg did) as opposed to a hitter who basically has what he has. An extreme example of this is RA Dickey. Both Brett and I commented after his first few appearances that he just looked “different”. The article explains why. I’m sure other teams advance scouts have noticed

    • Rebuilding

      I’ll be sad when Gregg goes. I had almost forgotten what it was like to bring a closer in and actually feel calm. Even when Marmol was good it was usually an adventure. We’ve had our share of scary ones – Marmol, Alfonseca, Mitch Williams and others

  • Deacon

    Top 25 prospect of the team they’re trading with just to clarify :-)

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Anyone else nervous about next years 40 man roster issue; Arismendy Alcantara, Gioskar Amaya, Juan Carlos Paniagua(not sure about this one, but bc of his older age might need to be added to the 40 man), Jae-Hoon Ha, Willson Contreras, Zac Rosscup will all be eligible for the rule 5 draft for the first time. Also other less notable players such as Frank Batista, Justin Bour, Hunter Cervenka, Casey Coleman, Eric Jokisch, Austin Kirk, Starling Peralta, Kevin Rhoderick, Greg Rohan(MIA right now), Oliver Zapata, kyler Burke will also be elgible.

    • Dynastyin2017

      Wouldn’t be too worried just yet. There are a bunch of guys on the MLB team that could be dropped after the year is over (Ransom, Borbon, Navarro, etc,), some guys in AAA that may be moved off the 40 man (Vitters, B-Jax), and some of the guys you listed in the lesser known category probably wont generate much interest. That should be plenty of room to protect the better prospects.

      • Rich H

        Absolutely right Dynasty then you throw in some of prospects moved for a fresh start in trades this year it will level out.

    • AB

      Actually, this is the first Rule V I’m not worried about.

      First, nobody is going to pick Amaya or Contreras. Paningua hasn’t even pitched one singe year of full season ball for cripes sake.

      Ha, Rosscup, and Burke MIGHT be candidates. The rest of those guys are roster filler or people that organizatoins aren’t going to waste a 25-man on.. Every organization has a guy like a Rohan.

      • willis

        I could see Jokisch gaining some attention with the year he’s having (on top of a great year last year). There are a couple no brainers on there, but as was stated, plenty of time and movement coming to open up spots. The guys that need to be protected will be protected.

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  • Bob Johnson

    Nice win! The Astros had won 14 of their last 24.

  • Patrick Healy

    I haven’t been able to watch any games for a few weeks because of work, but it seems like Barney’s been turning it on. Or is that just me?

  • Rebuilding

    They said on the broadcast today that he had made some technical changes. Standing more upright and others. I wish he would talk to Castro

  • toot

    Still has not sunk in. What is up with Gregg? Unbelievable.

  • arta

    he (Barney) also said he learned a lot from watching the cardinal hitters!

  • arta

    PS, their approach to hitting.

    • Bill

      I’d love for Castro to watch video of Molina. The guy put on a clinic on how to hit during our series with them. Castro is still reaching and swinging all arms on anything thrown on the outside half of the plate. His double came on a hanging breaking ball on the inside part of the plate.

  • Tim

    Kevin LIGHTS OUT Gregg!

    • toot

      Unbelievable. It really is. I was expecting Castro or OMRizzo to be the one’s in the spotlight.

  • Die hard

    Next time you blink Barney will be out hitting Castro in BA…. Then Barney should demand Castro like contract … What’s fair is fair FO

  • willis

    A win is a win is a win. I’m just glad to see Rizzo get off the snide a little (even if it is the Astros) and it’s great to see Garza going deep and looking healthy. I really do like watching him pitch.