Gameday Open Thread / Cubs @ Rockies

Cubs travel to Tuscon and throw Ted Lilly on the mound to start, Ryan Dempster is set to make an appearance as well. Brian Lawrence goes for the Rockies.

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ROB: Lineup fr. Miles?

here's the lineup from Mlb.com

Soriano, Izturis, Pagan, Ramirez, Ward, Barrett, Derosa, Coats, Lilly

Pagan in RF, Coats in LF...

Rockies have their "A" lineup...
Taveras, Carroll, Atkins, Helton, Holliday, Hawpe, Tulowitzki, Torrealba, Lawrence

Soriano, CF
Izturis, SS
Pagan, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Ward, 1B
Barrett, C
DeRosa, 2B
Coats, LF

lineup for COL is as-expected starters (with the possible exception of tulowitzki at SS and carroll at 2nd...which is also highly possible they'll be starters, too).

yeah, what rob said.

=p

I guess matsui is their starter at 2b, isn't tulowitzki their SS? or is still being decided between him and Barmes?

Thanks Guys!

ROB G: How'd you make out w/Cubs/Dodgers tix this year? I'm going to be @ the Saturday game. I hope they get some better food stuff going besides "Garlic Fries 'n Grease" Man - I tasted thise for 2 weeks!

haven't even looked yet, never had a problem getting day of game or a few weeks before once I figure out what I can go to...

I'm still trying to figure out a way though to not pay McCourt for parking there. If he's going to keep raising prices, he could at least try and improve the horrid configuration.

and allow tailgating...

on another note, shouldn't MLB.com give free access to MLB.tv during the pre-season? Wouldn't that be a good way to promote their product and get people interested?

Soriano goes deep to start the game

Definitely a 'make the squad' day with Murton, Floyd, and Jones sitting. Coats, Pagan, and Ward are playing for a spot today.

SORIANO DEEEEEEEEEP.. I can get used to that!

carrol is supposed to be their starter at 2nd, but he's having a horrid spring. numbers aside, he's just not making good contact and they already might displace mr. dear meat at SS and move him to 2nd.

they got 3 similarly tallented, but no-slam-dunk options for 2nd right now.

Ward's not playing for a spot, he's got a million dollar guaranteed contract...

"I’m still trying to figure out a way though to not pay McCourt for parking there."

I've been to quite a few parks. Parking there is absolutely atrocious.

Rob, for clarification, Tulo's the guy at short for Colorado. It'll probably be Matsui at second, but he'll split some time with Jamey Carroll. I don't think Barmes is going to play that much at all unless Tulo totally sucks.

If this group gets something out of their young guys, they might be dramatically improved this year. Tulowitzsky and Ianetta both need to hit well. Still gotta find a way to get guys out at the back end of the rotation and in middle relief. LaTroy Hawkins looks like he's firmly the setup man to get to Fuentes.

Also, what crunch said.

Are any of the Cubs among the ST leaders in RBI, extra base hits, or total bases or ERA?

"I’m still trying to figure out a way though to not pay McCourt for parking there. If he’s going to keep raising prices, he could at least try and improve the horrid configuration."

Email me and I'll will tell you the greatest parking tip for all of Chavez Ravine!

I hope this trend of scoring runs early continues into the season.

There was a post a while back about Cubs runs scored and runs allowed for last season. The Cubs scored a lot of runs in the early innings last year.

If this is tryout day, Izturis with his 3 outs in 2 PA's batting 2nd must be locking down the 8th slot.

Jacque has 12 RBI's, tied for 4th with a bunch of guys...

if that was Soriano's fourth, he's tied for 3rd right now..

Ward with a single and RBI in his AB, seems to have picked it up. Pagan scored that run after his double.

Is Pagan hitting from the left-side?

nevermind, Soriano's third homer of the spring

Yeah, they scored a lot of runs early last year, then often would go completely comatose for the rest of the game. I just would like to see this continue.

Pretty sure Pagan batted left handed in the first.

Lily just pitched out of a bases loaded no-outs jam, pretty impressively though it was 8,9,1 due up.

Lilly enjoying NL Lineups I see....

let us hope he pulls an Arroyo this year.

Yeah, along with the Home Runs against division rivals. Didn't Arroyo hit like 3 or 4 off the Cubs last year?

Who was the Cubs career minor league 3b who hit like 8 ST homers a couple of years back?

I believe he went to Japan.

Scott McClain?

Does anyone know why mlb.com will show a game on mlb.tv (audio + video), but not carry the audio feed for Gameday subscribers?

Jace-

Yes, thanks.

McClain is either with the A's or Giants right now, tore up the PCL last year.

probably no radio broadcast.....

I’m still trying to figure out a way though to not pay McCourt for parking there.

Here is your tip.

Don't drive. Take a bus.

they have buses in L.A.?

Rob G.:
"on another note, shouldn’t MLB.com give free access to MLB.tv during the pre-season? Wouldn’t that be a good way to promote their product and get people interested?"

HA HA HA

Are you serious? This is MLB and Selig we are talking about. Remember they are trying to do things that limit the people who can buy their product.

But in all seriousness. I agree, it would make sense to "tease" MLBtv to try and attract more subscribers.

I feel like I was able to do that at one point, either last year or the year before for 1 game in ST...

Last year they gave free video feed for the world baseball classic dealy...

gagne getting punished in his first "a" game. 2hr's..

Radio broadcast or not. How about just the audio feed from mlb.tv when there are no other sources?

oops...my bad...the inning turned over...gagne only gave up 1 homer...sorry, semi-distracted.

Thus far, it's another good outing for Lilly. He's got a 4 hitter going into the 4th. I just realized his spring ERA is under 2.

the wheels fell off for Lilly in the 4th I see....

Comcast use to offer the first week of the mlb ticket for free.

I just realized his spring ERA is under 2.

My web page says 4.26

barry bonds is still good at hitting homers, btw...just took whatshisface asian dude closer-guy-type from texas out.

yeah they did that on DirecTV as well....

Oh the Rockies announcers declared Barrett is one of the best two-way catchers in the game...I didn't know men could be two-way catchers, but it does go to show the 'he hits good, he must field good' mindset that baseball people seem to fall into.

go dempster, 1 bb, 1 h and a double play....mid-season form.

Well, I'd say I successfully put the whammy on Ted Lilly today. Fine job, Wesley.

O-man!!!!! 1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 runs...

We are #1! Everyone else is #2 or lower!

Ubaldo Jimenez seems to be owning us for 3 innings..

Lawrence owned us for the last 4 inning he pitched too... Offense has gone to sleep....

GUZMAN!!!! 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 H

at least we busted a few singles off Lawrence. We did draw 3 walks against Jimenez, one measly hit.

The U-Ball!

Kid has some really electric stuff. Saw him pitch a couple of times on a trip out west. He'll be a good one in the next year or two for the Rockies. They'll be on to something with U-Ball on Fuentes at the end.

He's also doing this against what is certainly our B group of Pie, Cedeno, Pagan, Perez, Hill, DeRosa, Coats, and Hoffpauir.

NOTEWORTHY:

Piniella utilized GUZMAN in relief in the 8th

PIE was brought in late (why he was brought in at all, I dunno) and struck out both plate appearances. Maybe he was told to unflatten his swing.

make it 4 innings of ownage by Jimenez for the save, Cubs lose 4-2.

Tom Verducci has an interesting article on SI.com talking about how drastically things have changed in baseball since the '90s. I don't necessarily agree with his conclusion of who will be in the World series in 2007, but it's interesting reading nonetheless. The link is:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers...

Guzman a K on a high curveball, a flyout to the warning track in center and a groundout to second.

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    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

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    billybucks 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 2 hours 43 min ago view
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    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 2 hours 45 min ago view
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    The E-Man 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 4 hours 22 min ago view
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    crunch 8 hours 38 min ago view
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    billybucks 9 hours 20 min ago view
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    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 9 hours 24 min ago view
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    videographer 11 hours 19 min ago view
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    jacos 13 hours 6 min ago view
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    Charlie 13 hours 41 min ago view
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