Gameday Open Thread / Cubs @ Rangers

Ted Lilly goes for the Cubs as they travel to Surprise!, Arizona. The unsinkable Sidney Ponson will waste everyone's time for the Rangers.

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Woody Williams rounding nicely into form for the 'Stros.

Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Williams 3.0 10 8 8 0 0 4 15.26

maybe Oswalt can pitch every 3 days?

The White Sox waived LHP Carlos Vasquez today, the other player in the Neal Cotts-David Aardsma deal.

Heard a Bill James interview on XM and he was saying how good Aardsma's been in camp and excited the organization is over him at the moment. I guess they always say that, but something worth watching.

by "the organization", you mean Red Sox, right?

Re: Bill James, I heard him on WSCR, Murph's show.

While he agrees that Soriano SHOULD bat lower in the order based on his HR/power, he also said, and this is an exact quote, "Baseball is not a table game." That players who, for individual reasons, cannot perform to the statistics/sabremetrics, they [these reasons] should be considered. In short, "the statistical solution ain't always the right solution". From THE HORSES MOUTH.

This one's for YOU CHAD!!

One more for Chad.

Murton drives in the first run with a 2 out single line drive over the pitcher's head.

" [these reasons] should be considered"

Too bad the 'pro-leadoff' camp, can't consider.

Yeah, Red Sox

NYY paid back TB for what they felt was cheap shot running over the catcher the other day. Duncan came spikes up at 2B and the pitcher was tossed in the first being "wild".

The yanks wouldnt have pulled that Last year with Delmon and Elijah Dukes on the roster. Probably a much safer play nowadays.

listening to game an in Parachat if anyone wants updates from the MLB.com radio guys. Whoever the hell they are.

Lilly cheats with Young up and throws him a changeup to K him in the first with two on.

RALLY! RALLY!!

Koyie Hill walks with the Cubs down one in the ninth. Cory Coles pinch-running, Cedeno up.

Cedeno thrown out on a pitchout to end the game...


Hoffpauir, Soriano go deep

Laird twice and Michael Young for the Rangers..

guess Jason Jennings started. not Ponson.

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  • Nice to have a ROB G. bustin' a move with the posts.

    The E-Man 3 min 50 sec ago view
  • Tony Gold Glove!!!

    Rob G. 6 min 32 sec ago view
  • To have Billy Hamilton break your shut-out with an HR is like Iceland winnng in soccer.

    The E-Man 13 min 2 sec ago view
  • Hamilton - good grief. Does he have Lester's number or what!

    Eric S 14 min 31 sec ago view
  • and there it is...

    time to sweat it out now.

    Rob G. 16 min ago view
  • Yeah - I was waiting for someone else to comment first so they could shoulder the blame should cubbery prevail.

    Eric S 18 min 33 sec ago view
  • he'd actually have to get through these last 2 innings in 13 or less pitches to pull off an actual Maddux (CG in less than 100 pitches)...and I probably jinxed the whole game with my comment so I'll shut up now.

    Rob G. 21 min 37 sec ago view
  • An efficient one-hitter through seven innings - seems reasonable to me.

    Quite the contrast from last night

    Eric S 24 min 6 sec ago view
  • It's really quite enjoyable watching Lester dissect the strike zone and a lineup like this...dare I say Maddux-like?

    Rob G. 28 min 56 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...

    See past Cubs' participants here. Let me know if you see a mistake or any other info that may prove useful and I can add it.

    http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Cubs_that_Played_in_Futures_Game

    Rob G. 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbUCI9bEvA

    QuietMan 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...

    also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.

    Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.

    Rob G. 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 6 hours 1 min ago view