Gameday Open Thread / Brewers @ Cubs

Brewers vs Cubs!

Claudio Vargas vs Ryan Dempster!

Don't miss it!

PS - For those in the first TCR MLB Open League (the one I'm commish of), our draft is at 2:00 PM PST (about 40 minutes from this typing). I'm already in the draft room. Looks like I have the last pick in round 1.


Rockies lock up Hawpe. Good deal for them too...

3 years, $17.425 million, with a club option in 2011.

New poll idea: Does Hendry deserve an extension?

I know there is a very vocal crowd that would answer "no" but I'd be anxious to see what the general consensus is on the subject.

Just a suggestion....

Really good article, along with some more Pinhead bashing on lineup construction at BP (Free)

Pretty much meshes with my opinion on the subject, except when he says 'There’s no evidence that teams with more speed perform better than ones with less, and in fact, speed has often been a contraindicator of success (speed teams often lack the primary characteristics)'. I have to question that. Given two teams with identicle hitters, but one has superior baserunners, I am sure that the fast team is going to score both more earned and unearned runs, as long as they're reasonable succesful stealing basis and do it in high leverage situations.

Lou's lineup today:
Colvin (?!)

Probably has four of nine in the right place, unless you go by the '2nd leadoff batter' theory, in which case it's three.

You lost me at "Pinhead".....

Read the article, fix my spelling errors. I think living in a foreign land is making my normally bad spelling even worse.

Bases loaded walk from Dempster in the 1st inning :( Come on Dempster!!

Someone should tell Dempster he's facing the Brewers, not the Mets.

Tony Gwynn triples to right field corner and Fukudome couldn't throw him out, no mention of the strength or accuracy of his throw.

Parachat, I am bored!

Then Dempster wakes up and mows down the 9,1,2 hitters on comebacker, K and not - dangerous flyout.

The Brewers announcers say he looks more comfortable from the stretch.

Anyone have an update on him? I know he is sidelined with a sore shoulder, but any idea how long he is out?

I think said they were aiming for Thursday.

He was much better in the 2nd and third innings. Maybe he has always been one of those guys who has trouble in the first, then settles down. That would explain his erratic behavior as a closer. It also meshes with my theory that he gets better with more work.

Nice homer by FUKUDOME!

Picked up a low one and knocked it out of right field.

He looks great today. 3-3 with a 2 out rbi and his first homer. Great to see. Maybe he is more comfortable in the 2 hole.

Everyone is more comfortable in the 2 hole.

Anyone read the article on Eyre driving to spring training in his RV?

"When we first took off the first morning, my Michael Barrett bobblehead slid off the counter because I forgot to tape him down," Eyre said. "He didn't break; he just got a bruise right on his cheek."

That a joke about him getting clobbered by Z? If so, funny.

Also, I wish someone would tell this announcer that Theriot doesn't rhyme with tatertot.

Ok, Tare-ee-ott, now Font-en-ott. Learn romance languages!

What is he acting like "The Shooter"?

cost us Brian Roberts today?

2 IP, 3 ER, 2 HR..ugh

Let's hope the Orioles don't insist on Kevin Hart.

Tennessee or Iowa in Jose Ascaino's future...


Most of the fans have left already.
Typical Cubs fans, right?

Ouch...that hurt. I feel like more people are staying longer through the game these days, though.

Bit of a low blow, imo.

Fantastic work by the announcing crew there...from the team that has a special promotion so Cubs fans don't overtake their own home park.

Funny thing is, when they were talking about the large attendance, the made a special point to say there a lot of fans "Cubs AND Brewer fans". When it comes to criticizing the fans though, they're quick to forget that and divorce Brewer fans from the crowd.

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  • dee gordon (MIA) suspended 80 days for PEDs. wow.

    "excessive testosterone and Clostebol"

    hell of a late-night news flash.

  • [Terrified emoji]

  • Seems like a bizarre pick -- they moved up 2 spots to pick up a guy who was not dominant in college. According to the talking heads, supposedly a great athlete (but an unpolished football player). So was Alonzo Spellman. And the guy who could jump out of a pool. Bears have missed the playoffs 5 straight years and 8 of the last 9. And they made Marc Trestman an NFL head coach. Maybe they can hire Theo in his free time. Sheesh.

  • And then the Bears pick an undersized linebacker with very few sacks in his college career and very little ability to shed blocks and the draft becomes less of a joy.

  • Watching the NFL Draft on ESPN with the mute on is one of the greatest joys in my small life. Being able to not hear Roger Goodell, Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, and Mel Kiper in quick order is just somehow immensely satisfying. I hope by the time the Bears pick they have Steven AAAAAAAAAAAAA Smith and Skip Bayless on so I can not hear them too.

  • even if the cubs lose feder, he's easily replaceable with a cash/low-end-ptbnl, taylor davis is wasting time down in AA and he could pop up to AAA to back up w.conteras.

  • Tim Federowicz is out of minor league options, so Outright Assignment Waivers would be needed before he can be sent back to Iowa. He also has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, but he probably wouldn't elect to be a FA if outrighted unless the Cubs shit on him somehow while he's up with the big club (not likely). 

    But it is possible that another MLB club could claim Federowicz if the Cubs place him on waivers, which would leave Willson Contreras as pretty much the only other option if a catcher goes on the DL again later in the season. 

  • CRAIG: D. J. Wilson is hitting 083/115/167 in six Cactus League EXST games (26 PA), but his K-rate is only 11.5% and he has somehow managed to drive-in five runs along the way (he's tied for second on the team in RBI), so it's not like he's swinging & missing a lot. He does seem to be feeling for the ball a bit, however, which has resulted in too much weak contact and not enough line drives.  

  • Bryant sprained ankle MRI tomorrow

  • Cubs did a lot of that today: 2-for-17 with RISP.

    Man, what an ugly baseball game - Cubs receive 11 walks and Bryant reached twice by HBP, the Brewers pitchers threw almost 200 pitches (199 8 innings!), they even walked Baez (first one of the year), Cubs scored twice when Brewers botched routine DP balls, Cahill walks three guys with a 6-run lead, forcing Maddon to waste Strop, the weather sucked again, etc. Happy with the win, but that was really tough to watch.

  • "Some of the most racist things I've ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said Wednesday on "Breitbart News Patriot Forum." He was fired by ESPN last week.

    “In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”


  • Rolled scoring on Rizzo double

  • Re ZOBRIST -

    Today's game is what I was referring to re Zobrist and RISP struggles. He did come through with his patented single to drive in a run - but also left the bases loaded, and two men on, no outs (called 3rd).

    So, I hope he can pick that part of his game up when they start playing the better teams...

  • Don't see anything on the replay showing where he rolled it and he played for 2 more innings after so at first glance it so doesn't seem major. Very cold today so any discomfort is probably amplified.

  • How bad was Bryant's ankle sprain?

  • I'm gonna vote for Castillo so Molina doesn't get it but Ross has caught something in his last year and I'm loving it. He seems like an incredible guy who everyone on this team loves and if he can just be average with his bat that'd be huge this year.