Gameday Open Thread / Cubs @ Mariners

Vegas Baby, Vegas! Cubs versus Mariners in the desert at Cashman Park. Ted Lilly versus Miguel Batista. Which of these Cubs is most likely to have spent the whole night gambling, drinking and hitting the strip joints? A) Carlos Zambrano B) Cliff Floyd C) Ryan Theriot D) Henry Blanco E) Scott Eyre

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Definitely D.

Anybody going to be in the chat tonight?

I'll go with Scotty Eyre.

69 degrees. at 6PM but it may drop as much as 20 degrees during the game.

Wind 5 mph, from the East

Cashman Field
http://www.ballparkwatch.com/visits/cashman.htm

Park...Field....whatever?

WGN broadcast tonight woohoo. regular season starts in 3 days, I think its going to be a fantastic season. Go Cubs Go

Todd Walker signed a minor league deal with the A's.

Anybody have a preference who the Reds pick to start the third game against the Cubs?

Eric Milton and Kyle Lohse are both supposed to pitch tomorrow and then one of them will pitch next against the Cubs.

MIlton and his homer happiness, no doubt.

too bad this was not the tie-breaker question for the 2007 prediction contest.

TB #1: How much did Z spend on strippers in Vegas?

TB#2: How much did Z lose/win at the tables in Vegas?

something tells me, rob, that z is watching his coins very carefully until he and hendry shake hands on that 6 year 102 million dollar deal.

:)

Zambrano is going to get north of $100 million.

damn...lou pinella loves chewing gum.

TB #2 - Zambrano won't exactly win any $ at the tables, but he will shake down the dealer and/or pit boss for $2,000,000.

21! twenty effing one?!! i don't need no stinking 21. gimme my damned money....

Is anyone else encouraged by the silence on the Z talks?

Veinte Uno! Here's your goddamn Veinte Uno!!!

Chat? Is there a chat?

Did they just say the Cubs have thirty-six errors in ST??

cliff floyd has a damned nice stroke.

The answer of course is F) all of the above

How is Ryan Dempster not on that multiple choice? This is the same guy who ran around Stanley's in Lincoln Park NAKED on a dare. And you don't think he's getting a little crazy in Vegas? Come on now.

Also, F) Kyle Farnsworth

I'll go with C-Ryan Theroit

But it started innocently enough, he wanted some tips on improving his defense at SS and he wanded into Cesar's Palace.....

wandered...

nothing like screwing a really bad joke my mis-typing. That's what I get for posting at 6:40 on a saturday morning.

Brick:
"Did they just say the Cubs have thirty-six errors in ST??"

Yep, Cubs have the 5th most errors in ST. Not good...

loved the description of Neifi by Christina Kahrl in Baseball Prospectus:

St. Neifi of the Wounded Wood

Offense looked pretty good last night. Maybe ready to go. Pitching, eh, it was alright.

Trib (Sullivan) reporting this morning that Z's deal is "nearly sealed." Evidently there were good conversations yesterday.

Bobby Kielty missed Thursday and Friday's games because of food poisoning that he attributed to a bad cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger in Paradise? Burp!

Levine said that Z and his agent met with Hendry both before and after the game yesterday in Vegas. While he didn't say a deal was "nearly sealed" he figures IF the deal does get done it will be tonight or tomorrow morning as the Cubs won't want Z having to hold a presser before the early start in Cincy on Mon. Looks for 5yr/$80-85 with a 6th year option with $3-5m buyout.

Cubs were also lowest in ERA in Cactus League and the best base stealing team at 30 out of 34.

Looks like the Cubs will finish 7 in MLB this spring in walks and 3rd in BA. For a team that loves to strike out over the years they will finish as the 4 hardest team to strikeout.

We also finished 2nd in HR's, and 3rd in RBI.

What does it all mean? Not a whole lot, its spring training.

I'm just glad Z isn't represented by Drew Rosenhaus. That guy makes Boras look easy to deal with.

Buster Olney says 5/85 for Z. He speculates the Cubs "could announce a Zambrano extension on Opening Day (Monday) to create some positive vibes to start the season."

That's from his Insider blog.

If we get Z in the fold that means we have, under contract for at least 4 seasons:

DLee
Z
Aram
Soriano

I think this is an excellent core. If Prior can recapture what once was, this can be a dominant team.

"I think this is an excellent core. If Prior can recapture what once was, this can be a dominant team."

I love how that exact quote could have been written on March 31, 2004, March 31, 2005, March 31, 2006, or today. Will it also be written next year?

If Prior can....
Will it also be written next year?

$300 million later, our fortunes still depend on that man making good again.

DOUGIE: "“I think this is an excellent core. If Prior can recapture what once was, this can be a dominant team.”

'I love how that exact quote could have been written on March 31, 2004, March 31, 2005, March 31, 2006, or today. Will it also be written next year?'

Man, you are so RIGHT! I am MORE excited about looking forward with the manifestation of the young arm's talent: Sam-ard-ja, Veal, Guzman, Pawalek.

Whle I truly believe Prior is not "finished", its my opinion that the above - the club's minor league's strength, will be fun to watch coming up.

Anyone think Cherry will be replacing Cotts in the first 90 days?

I'm already on record saying the only downside to ST is Lou leaving the Cherry Pie behind.

Ward and Cotts??

Come on ....

This past winter I ask my brother-in-law, a die-hard Giants fan, if he was upset about losing Jason Schmidt. "Nope, I think he's done," was the answer I got. "He's losing his fastball."

Turns out that's exactly right, according to the LA Times.

"The Dodgers spent $47 million to lure Jason Schmidt to be their ace, a certified power arm. If you believe the Dodger Stadium radar gun -- and the reports from several National League teams that scouted Schmidt in Florida this spring -- they bought a pitcher with a below-average fastball. Schmidt continues to register radar readings under 90 mph.
-- Los Angeles Times

"I’m already on record saying the only downside to ST is Lou leaving the Cherry Pie behind."

I thought you were going the Ben & Jerry route on Cherry?

Let's hope that Cotts' poor performances will not cost them too many games in the standings before he's sent down.

Here's a random one for ya: Who will finish with more career wins for the Cubs: Prior, Wood or Samardajjiaa?

It's sad that it's even a legit trivia question.

IS the Giants-Dodgers rivalry as heated as Cubs-Cards?

Having lived in LA for a year of college, I just don't recall the City getting too excited about many things, except the Lakers.

Schmidt losing his fastball is hardly news, they've been whispering that since last year and I know I've mentioned it a few times. The main reason I wasn't too upset that we lost out on him.

"I love how that exact quote could have been written on March 31, 2004, March 31, 2005, March 31, 2006, or today. Will it also be written next year?"

Really? Really? I 100% disagree. Who replaces Soriano, in my list? Before 2004, Z is not on that list. You would really pin your hopes on a 38 year old Moises Alou? You would be looking forward to all the things that Sammy was going to do? We have Soriano at the peak of his career, ARam still on the up swing and DLee, still in his prime. Not even close to the same thing.

"IS the Giants-Dodgers rivalry as heated as Cubs-Cards?"

Yes and no. You see, Los Angeles is the most OVERRATED sports town in America. People here don't really care that much. Having said that, the Giants/Dodgers games are pretty hostile. A guy got shot in the parking lot one year.

some people in LA are still just learning the raiders left i think.

Schmidt losing his fastball is hardly news,

Apparently the Dodgers were out of the loop, Rob.

apparently they were and in that park, it's not like I don't think he'll be effective, but I doubt he'll be the ace they think they're getting...

LA sports scene is pathetic, the Lakers and maybe USC football are the only things really followed with any sort of passion. It's just not part of the culture here like it is in Chicago or New York or Boston. When they're doing well, they get good crowds and all and even when they're doing poorly, but no one really cares if the teams are losing. Of course you wouldn't care either if you could go to the beach 200 days of the year.

"You see, Los Angeles is the most OVERRATED sports town in America."

do you think so? I don't perceive it as such. People on the East Coast certainly don't. Other than Kobe, what other sports "story" is there? There is no NFL football. Oh..wait...I forgot David Beckham is there. That is football, too. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? As you know - they're in Orange freakin' County! I hope they lose the rights in Federal Court. That's like a team in Rockford Illinois calling themselves the Chicago Cubs.

So - I don't know that LA is overrated. I just think that it is very insolar to the West coast. So maybe to Seattlites, its overrated...

"Of course you wouldn’t care either if you could go to the beach 200 days of the year."

LOL! Well put! That is, if you can find a parking spot NEAR the beach! UGH!

and eyeryone is a transplant like Chad and me, so our loyalties were forged long ago.

"So - I don’t know that LA is overrated. I just think that it is very insolar to the West coast. So maybe to Seattlites, its overrated…"

My point is that people is that people THINK this is a sports town, and it's not. That is pathetic considering that Los Angeles has two of the most stories franchises in their respective league. And by that, I mean, the Clippers and The Avengers. Kidding. This is a terrible sports town that doesn't deserve a football team.

"Having said that, the Giants/Dodgers games are pretty hostile. A guy got shot in the parking lot one year. "

If that is the criteria, I would say the White Sox have the best rivalry with......well every team that comes to play them :)

How about this, I will say that the White Sox have a pretty heated rivalry with umps and opposing first base coaches. FWIW.

"And by that, I mean, the Clippers and The Avengers. Kidding. This is a terrible sports town that doesn’t deserve a football team."

LMAO!!

hope the cubs take that 3/44 offer off the table...

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 7 hours 14 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 7 hours 23 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 7 hours 47 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 8 hours 23 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 8 hours 40 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 8 hours 42 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 9 hours 32 sec ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 10 hours 21 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 11 hours 35 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 12 hours 14 min ago view