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.


Woody Williams rounding nicely into form for the 'Stros.

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 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.


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

    azbobbop 7 hours 56 min ago view
  • One miscommunication in outfield and the Cubs would have another no hitter

    jacos 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • Bruce Levine [email protected]

    Sex Fowler out with sore heel

    Pretty epic nickname

    johann 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • Mike Olt lives!

    The E-Man 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • Screw the closer.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 4 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 12 hours 8 min ago view
  • wood(4)/grimm/strop/rondon combine for 7ip 0h 0bb 8K


    crunch 12 hours 22 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 13 hours 10 min ago view
  • And stay off the keyboard too

    Eric S 13 hours 19 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 13 hours 37 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 13 hours 43 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 13 hours 46 min ago view
  • "cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.

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

    crunch 13 hours 47 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 14 hours 9 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 14 hours 53 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 15 hours 6 min ago view