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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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  • Phil, any updates on eight Oscar de la Cruz or Luis Hernandez?

    azbobbop 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • One miscommunication in outfield and the Cubs would have another no hitter

    jacos 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • Bruce Levine [email protected]

    Sex Fowler out with sore heel

    Pretty epic nickname

    johann 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Mike Olt lives!

    The E-Man 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • Screw the closer.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • He's had so few save opportunities that it might be difficult for him to get the All Star nod but Rondon has an absolutely ridiculous 1.05 ERA and 1.06 FIP after this game so far (and I think his worst outing was in the 10th inning non save situation) so I do absolutely think he is worth considering.

    johann 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • wood(4)/grimm/strop/rondon combine for 7ip 0h 0bb 8K


    crunch 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • 3ip 0h 0bb 3k for t.wood...nice.

    28 pitches.

    wonder if they'll let him go another.

    4ip 0h 0bb 4k...and probably done f'real this time. 43 pitches and in line for the win.

    crunch 8 hours 23 min ago view
  • And stay off the keyboard too

    Eric S 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • Depends how long he'd be gone but if not too long I would assume they'll use Wood or Cahill and limit them to 4 or 5 innings and call up a reliever to use in the bullpen.

    johann 8 hours 50 min ago view
  • hopefully it's a carlos-zambrano-special and he just needs to drink more water and less coffee+redbull before starts.

    crunch 8 hours 56 min ago view
  • Assuming Hammel needs some DL time for the hammy, who do the Cubs call up: Glasnow or Taillon? Too many starting pitching prospects at Iowa to choose from.

    Eric S 8 hours 59 min ago view
  • "cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.

    btw, it was his left hamstring that was injured last year.

    crunch 9 hours 1 min ago view
  • hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.

    crunch 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • heyward with a bit of starlin castro're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.

    that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.

    hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.

    crunch 10 hours 6 min ago view
  • she did fine, fwiw.

    bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.

    zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.

    crunch 10 hours 19 min ago view