Gameday Open Thread / Mariners @ Cubs

Fun game if you're watching today's game, see who's napping at the game or didn't even bother to show up from too much partying in Vegas. Marquis vs. Horacio Ramirez and then down with the NL starting on Monday.

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Our opening day opponent, Cincinnati, is playing the Marlins today and the guy they were going to make their closer, Dustin Hermannson came into a 1-run game and gave up a

2B
2B
2B
1B
BB

3 runs scored, nobody out

Trip to the mound

FC
1B

Trip to the mound/ he's outathere!

Well this ought to be interesting.... Good luck Daryle.

Soriano DH
Theriot 4
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
Murton 7
Cedeno 6
Ward 9
Blanco 2
Chris Walker 8

Oh, and for them if you care...

Ichiro 8
Beltre 5
Vidro DH
Ibanez 7
Sexson 3
Broussard 9
Johjima 2
Betancourt 6
Jose Lopez 4

thanks cwtp, you made me feel that much better about me missing out on him in my fantasty league. :)

Who is the one individual on the 2007 Cubs that most concerns you?

For me, it's Ryan Dempster.
Maybe he won't have 9 losses, 9 blown saves and a 5 ERA again, but I don't necessarily think last year was a fluke. If he fails early, I'd hate to see relievers get taken out of their role or a mix-and-match 9th inning situation.

I like Rocky Cherry but don't see the Cubs calling him up to close.

I think a lot of this team's success depends on Dempster and that worries me.

Not sure oif this has been posted, but I just got my newest issue of Baseball America here at the ballpark and they have their 2007 minor league organizational rankings just released.

According to BA, the Cubs continue their slide in minor league talent and are now in the bottom half of MLB at a 18 ranking.

Their previous rankings:
2002 - 1
2003 - 3
2004 - 7
2005 -10
2006 - 15
2007 - 18

The only good news is that only CINC and MIL are ahead of us.

BA did an analysis of how well each organization has done since 1995 getting players to the bigs. The Cubs ranked 4th worst in getting hitters to MLB and racking up PA's, but was #1 in getting pitchers up to big and getting innings. I don't think those stats will be any surprise to any Cubs fans.

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This is funny, I am flipping through the channels and what movie is on? "Little Big League" And of course its the big game at the end. Who is managing the Mariners? LouPa. And the Unit comes in in relief in a one game playoff. Did this movie predict 95 or what?

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And Timothy Busfield looks like Matt Murton. Or vice versa.

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Stop the predictions! The facts are in.

The person who blew the most in the Vegas casinos and "gentelemen's clubs"...... Pat Hughes!!

Congrats, Pat, on a job well done.

Those of you who watched the Bulls lose in O.T.: Ben Gordon is no LeBraun James

He's a nice little player - but still ain't "The Man". I like their energy of the team (note use of "their"), but they still need a player.

One and done in the playoffs, imo.

on to Cincy...

"Those of you who watched the Bulls lose in O.T.: Ben Gordon is no LeBraun James"

And LeBraun James is no LeBron James. Not for nothing.

"didn’t even bother to show up from too much partying in Vegas."

I would be interested in hearing the rationale how skipping a pre-season game would be worse than skipping the majority of the last game of the season, after your team has been eliminated.

LeBron James is no LeBron James. Wake me up when he drops 63 on the champions to be, or makes the finals.

No walks, 10 K's for the Cubs staff in the ST finale, can't complain about that.

Rapada finally woke up, hopefully he'll be dominate enough in AAA so that we can release Cotts or trade him for an A baller shortly.

Hooray for the Cards trading Weaver to the M's!

actually Jeff Weaver wasn't traded. He just wasn't re-signed (by StL) as a free agent, in fact, he was one of the last free agent pitchers signed this offseason (until injuries lead the Orioles to sign Traschel)

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  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 9 min 47 sec ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    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 8 hours 48 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.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 9 hours 8 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    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 9 hours 12 min ago view
  • Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.

    The E-Man 9 hours 20 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 9 hours 47 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 10 hours 3 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 10 hours 34 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 15 hours 5 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    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 15 hours 50 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 19 hours 33 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 20 hours 7 min ago view