Tonight’s game featuring the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs was a highly touted matchup due to Matt Garza‘s postgame comments after his last start against the Cincinnati Reds. After Johnny Cueto threw a pitch well over David DeJesus‘ head, Garza had some choice words for Cueto, saying that he needs to “grow the hell up” and that he has “total disrespect” for the Reds righthander. He went on talk some tough talk against Cueto and the Reds, saying “Cueto should learn…Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary. You play each game like it’s a new one. That’s [nonsense] on his part — just total immaturity. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker, and I’ll definitely find his.”
You’d think after such an event, Matt Garza would want to come back and dominate the Reds to vent his frustration. However, that didn’t happen. Garza went 5 innings and gave up a whopping 9 earned runs on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. Garza gave up 3 longballs to Todd Frazier, Joey Votto, and Xavier Paul. If that’s the definition of waking a sleeping dog, then maybe the Reds should make Garza angry a few more times.
Maybe Garza should worry about pitching well instead of making not so vague threats against other pitchers.