Today’s installment of Ball You Can’t Predict:
Max Scherzer is 0-1, 6.00 with an opponents’ slash of .320/.357/.560 in his last one game.
Derek Holland is the second visiting pitcher to go seven innings or more and allow one run or less in Detroit this year.
Scherzer was forced to throw 20.3 pitches per inning last night.
Ron Washington hit Leonys Martin second.
And David Murphy ninth.
Which, these days, is more surprising than if he’d hit him 10th.
As the putative first half comes to an end, it’s the free-agent-to-be corner outfielder with the Biogenesis cloud hovering who is rising to the occasion and not buckling under that sort of once-in-a-career type of pressure to perform, and not the other free-agent-to-be corner outfielder.
Matt Garza beats the Cardinals in a game that featured him slamming his glove in the Cubs home dugout, and it’s probably the last time he’ll ever be in the Cubs dugout.
And Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Texas and Toronto are the frontrunners to acquire Garza, with Boston and Cleveland and San Francisco expressing “strong interest” as well. Levine adds that the Rangers have had four different scouts see Garza over his last three starts, two of which (according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports) were on hand last night. Levine also says Mike Olt would likely be involved — even though the Cubs just signed 21-year-old power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant, their first-round pick, to a landmark $6.7 million signing bonus on Friday.
According to Rosenthal, Detroit and Baltimore and Pittsburgh had scouts watching the Cubs and Cardinals last night, though Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles are probably out of the mix for Garza because it would involve “[t]oo much cost in prospects and money” for them. Olney, who suggests the Cubs are “making progress with at least two teams” (which may or may not match up with Levine’s report), believes Garza will be traded over the Break.
In the meantime, today we get Martin Perez vs. Justin Verlander, a few hours before Brandon Workman makes his second big league appearance and first big league start, facing Bartolo Colon, who makes his 400th and 394th.
There are a couple likely outcomes there, but then again at gametime in Detroit it’s going to be in the mid-80s and sunny, while back in North Texas it will be mid-70s and not.
Can’t Predict It.