Matt Garza (2-4) 3.99 ERA is due for a big outing.
He’s winless over his last six starts posting an (0-3) record and 5.40 ERA.
His last victory was April 29 at Philadelphia. It’s also the last time Garza lasted more than six innings. We know the Cubs workhorse is capable of better.
He is, as baseball folk like to say–due.
It’s to Garza’s advantage he makes tonight’s start at home where he’s pitched particularly well going (1-0) 1.91 ERA in four outings.
The Tigers, meanwhile, are simply not hitting well as a team outside Fielder & Cabrera.
Whether Garza is positioning himself for a contract extension or a valuable trade option, it seems there’s no better time than now to make his case either way.
I’m looking forward to watching.
Rudy Jaramillo must be wondering what took the Cubs so long to fire him?
He’s not a Theo guy. He doesn’t teach the ‘grind it out’ plate mentality the Cubs are looking for, and he gets paid a ton of money to fix the unfixable Cubs lineup.
Besides, who wouldn’t want out of this mess trying to make respectable hitters out of Tony Campana, Joe Mather, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Marlon Byrd and a gimpy Alfonso Soriano?
After two and half seasons spent with three different managers and the highest paycheck of any big league batting coach, what more could Jaramillo want than to be given his release and the opportunity to coach elsewhere?
His 18-years of highly acclaimed big league hitting instruction wasn’t about to fool him into believing he could help this pathetic Cubs offense any more than he already has.
Some team, some where, with true major league talent could use a guy like Jaramillo, and now he’s free to join them. What a relief that must be.