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.


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


3 runs scored, nobody out

Trip to the mound


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.





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?


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


<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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  • I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat