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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<sign of life>Chad!</sign of life>

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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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 13 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 20 hours 11 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 20 hours 23 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 20 hours 32 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 20 hours 37 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 20 hours 56 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 21 hours 32 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 21 hours 49 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 21 hours 51 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 22 hours 9 min ago view