Gameday Open Thread / A's @ Cubs; Cubs @ Giants

In the first half of Wednesday's day/night Cubs exhibitiongameathon, Ryan Dempster gets the start at HoHoKam (2:05 Central Time), while in the second game, starting at 9:05 Central Time, Jon Lieber throws against the Giants.

If Lou Piniella sticks to his vow to name the five-man starting staff by the end of the week, this would be the last chance for Dempster and Lieber to make their respective cases. Jason Marquis, who allowed just one run in five innings against the Royals Tuesday, has made a pretty good case for himself already.

Miniscule sample sizes and spring training weirdness aside, here's how Dempster, Lieber, and Marquis stack up so far:

PITCHER G IP
H
ER
K
BB
ERA
OPS vs.
Dempster 4 10.2 10 8 6 6 6.75 979
Lieber 3 10 7 2 8 1 1.80 553
Marquis 4 14 14 3 7 6 1.93 697

In at least one writer's opinion, Dempster remains "the odds-on favorite" to win the third spot in the Cubs rotation, leaving Marquis and Lieber in the running for the remaining slot. (In fairness to Dempster and Paul Sullivan, Demp's numbers looked pretty good until he blew up in his last outing, but as many have written and commented here before, Dempster's lifetime numbers as a starter are none too attractive.)

Thie picture for all three pitchers and the immediate future of the Cubs' starting five should be at least a little clearer after the action concludes tonight.

Elsewhere and otherwise:

-- According to Ken Rosenthal (and thanks to mlbtraderumors for flagging it), former Cub Jody Gerut could be in for significant playing time for the Padres as Jim Edmonds recovers from a calf strain. Arizona Phil pointed to Gerut's red-hot hitting in Venezuela months ago and obviously the Pads shared Az Phil's interest.

-- Again by way of mlbtraderumors.com--does that guy ever sleep?--comes a note from the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Reds are looking for a backup catcher (somehow Paul Bako isn't enough). Writer John Fay thinks the team would part with Ryan Freel to get that catching help "in a second."

Not sure that the Cubs have the catching help to offer or that Cincy would move Freel within the division, but the Cubs have supposedly had the righthanded hitting utility guy in their sights in the past.

 

 

Comments

I know you kind of mentioned, or at least asked, if the Cubs would have "the catching help to offer," but come on.

The Cubs backup catcher is actually quite bad. And his backup (Koyie Hill) is even worse, and was available for free last year.

The Cubs don't have a catcher to trade.

Hell... based on how Soto has looked this spring, we may not really have a starting catcher.

Then again, if Paul Bako represents the bar...

What? No love for Hank White? I'll take him over Jason LaRue or whatever terrible retreads y'all bring up.
Felipe Lopez SUCKS. He can't field. He's not worth the bother. If the Cubs can't get Byrd or Roberts, pull up the rug for now.

Jason Larue - Career OPS+ - 86 (Last 4 seasons: 98, 110, 68, 33)
Hank White - Career OPS+ - 64 (60, 73, 81, 6)

Both suck. But Hank White sucks worse.

Who's this guy Thomas who DHed for the Cubs this afternoon? No one I know of in the Cub farm system. MLB doesn't show him either. "Tis a puzzlement.

I didn't see or hear the game, but I'm thinking it's Tony Thomas, a draft pick from last year.

http://thebaseballcube.com/players/T/Tony-Thomas.shtml

Just saw this at cubs.com regarding Thomas...

 http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080319&content_id=2445166&vkey=spt2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc

Submitted by Hook on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 4:56pm.

Who's this guy Thomas who DHed for the Cubs this afternoon? No one I know of in the Cub farm system. MLB doesn't show him either. "Tis a puzzlement.

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 HOOK: Yes, it was 2B Tony Thomas (2007 #3 draft pick out of Florida State).

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  • 6 pitches, 2 run lead.

    neat.

    crunch 24 min 30 sec ago view
  • So am I. Point remains.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 14 min ago view
  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

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    JoePepitone 20 hours 42 min ago view
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 21 hours 43 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 1 day 6 hours ago view