Gameday Open Thread / Giants @ Cubs

The Cubs stay home in Mesa to play the first of back-to-back games versus the Giants, Zambrano vs. Lowry today.

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FWIW, thecubreporter.com does not redirect to here anymore. It seems to hang up at all-baseball.com ....

I thought this site was down until I got wise and came to mvn.com directly.

woo..cedeno 3 run homer.

ronnie "kong" cedeno just went deep.

Why didn't Soriano score on Murton's double?

Is Quade still being THAT conservative?

Nice to see: With the Giants' shading their outfield toward right, Matt Murton doubling down the left field line.

Troubling: Were those all-or-nothing tries by Soriano and Jones? the ones that led to a man standing on third..Or just inept outfielding?

Troubling: The "wildpitch" by Z that led to a run. It was described as outside and low. Was this yet another case of Michael Barrett's inability to stop low and away pitches from getting past him or was it really a wildpitch?

jones, yes...soriano, no.

yes, meaning really all-or-nothing hard plays...according to the radio guys, anyway.

thanks crunch

FWIW, thecubreporter.com does not redirect to here anymore. It seems to hang up at all-baseball.com ….

yeah, best not to use a 2-way redirect trying to get here...

I think Ruz still owns the domain and I doubt he's updated it to go here.

It's good to see Z with no walks through 4 IP...

Z...4 IP. 5 K's, 0 BB's....Bonds-less lineup that it may be

Has it become common place on this site for people to toss out predictions based on nothing?
I'm not talking about things such as somebody saying "I think Murton may break out and hit 25 home runs this year."

I'm talking about predicting major arm surgery in the next 6 weeks for Mark Prior.
Or over the winter, a respected contributor writing that Cliff Floyd would sign with Baltimore.

One of the best things about this sight has been thought-provoking questions and comments about the Cubs. There are too many other places where people who know very little about the game throw something against the wall without any source hoping it sticks.

I hope this is just a very minority of people we shouldn't really pay any attention to.

I hope this is just a very minority of people we shouldn’t really pay any attention to.

yeah pretty much......

in other news, Prior to start Wed. versus the Rockies in his final Cactus League game, should be fun telling him he's going to Iowa afterwards. "Dad" Prior is going to be pissed....

Boy, we're really gettin to Noah Lowry, eh?

Ronny's earning that final roster spot. No complaints about Z, either.

How's Woody look?

quick inning...1ip 1h 0bb 0k

6 GB - 7 FB for Z.....meh

aram finally gets a hit in the game...a homer, 6-1 cubs

all the starters (sans Z) has a hit now...bet pinella will take them out to chucky cheese's this weekend for sure now!

howry in...and a lotta changes in the field for the cub going into the top 8th.

blanco catching, ward 1st..

pagan, RF...perez, 3rd...

'The “wildpitch” by Z that led to a run. It was described as outside and low. Was this yet another case of Michael Barrett’s inability to stop low and away pitches from getting past him or was it really a wildpitch? '

If it gets to him in the air within arm's reach it's a passed ball. Unless the announcers say something like 'Barrett really should have gotten that one', you probably shouldn't read too much into it.

It was scored as a wild pitch. They typically don't get those wrong.

While a passed ball isn't technically an error, if the run scores on a passed ball, and the run would not have scored as the inning played out, it's an unearned run to the pitcher.

They make sure they get those right since it affects ERA and stuff.

WES: The pitch in question was a slider that hit the dirt right at home plate, and Barrett tried to catch it on a short hop backhanded (he didn't move his body to try and block it), but it bounced off his glove and landed just a few feet behind home plate. Barrett retrieved the ball quickly as Zambrano covered home, but Barrett's throwed sailed over Z's head and the run scored.

With a runner on third, Barrett MUST do a better job of blocking pitches like that. It was scored a Wild Pitch because it hit the dirt, but most MLB catchers would have shifted their feet, moved their bodies, fallen to their knees, and blocked the pitch, keeping it in front of them. But Barrett didn't do that.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 7 hours 17 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 20 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 18 hours 21 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 18 hours 25 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 19 hours 13 min ago view