Gameday Open Thread / Brewers @ Cubs

The Cubs final game in Arizona this spring, as they'll hop on a plane to Vegas to finish off the spring training schedule this weekend versus the Mariners. With the Brewers and Cubs set to play next week, both managers go with minor league pitchers, Cory Bailey versus Mark DiFelice.


that we got from Detroit at the end of 2004? Wasn't he a catcher, though?

Parachat is cold and lonely.

oh nuts, game started an hour early...

that being said, a bit busy today

No shit, it took almost a minute for you to reply. [/sarcasm]

I've never seen Cory Bailey pitch before, but I won't be driving to Des Moines anytime soon. ARam really dogged it on an off-line throw, too.

Mil 6 - 1 Cubs Top 2nd. Cameron just homered. All 6 runs with 2 out.

Soriano 3-run blast, 6-4.

Woo Spring Training drama.

Soriano's first hr?

Nope, 3rd.


Hendry on Len and Bob.

- last LHRP still in air
- felt bad for tough IF and OF decisions
(DeRosa crushes a triple)
- worked on 5-6 trades but thinks Reed Johnson and Felix Pie are the best scenario that could've happened
- "The trade that people have been talking about for 2-3 months, obviously we would've liked to add a player like that, but we're very happy with what we have."
- BRob deal wasn't holding Cubs up from other deals.

Coming back for another half-inning.

- Hendry said Murton will play in Iowa before he would be "given away."
- Very happy with the bullpen situation, the defense, Pie and Reed Johnson.
- Waiting out Lahey situation, didn't say but sounded like they want him in the Cubs system
- To Len's query biggest concern, Hendry talks a little about the rotation and the competition and candidates the Cubs have had there.
- Wants to see more NCAA scholarships to help develop US player pool

Anyone know why it would duplicate events as soon as you try and navigate? And why it gets cut-off in Internet Explorer?

any help is appreciated...

Hoffpauir and Cedeno go deep in the 6th...

Cedeno crushed his...hit the scoreboard. I think he gets a free steak...

We're going to Sizzler, We're going to Sizzler!

Hoffpauir crushes another one, tie game in the 7th

would be wise to get some power tips from the youngsters.

Sweet, all the regular Brewers walk across the field in their street clothes with their bags headed to the bus....

Cubs and Murton catch a break...

man on third, 1 out, Murton chops it to the third. Pinch-runner Andres Blanco doesn't go of course but strays from the bag. The shortstop sneaks behind him and the 3bman tries to get Blanco at third but he gets back in. Should have just looked him back and thrown to first...

Pie up men on the corners....1 out...leading run on third.

ugh...Pie looks at strike 3 on a 1-2 count with Murton stealing second.

"I don't know what the resolution is -- I haven't heard anything except what somebody told me," Roberts said Thursday. "[Andy and I] talked for two minutes here yesterday. 'Highly unlikely' doesn't seem like a resolution to me."

Even Roberts is annoyed by Macphail...

Roberts clearly wants to be a Cub. McFail doesn't seem to have a proper plan - don't see them being competitive before Roberts is a FA and his trade value continues to drop.

Who is the screaming meth addict?

Fontenot or the shortstop just screwed up badly...probably Fontenot since it was a righty up to bat.

man on first was stealing, but neither covered second and Mcgehee's throw went into center sending the go-ahead run to third with 1 out...

and Walrond with a wild pitch or passed ball to give brewers the lead..

9th inning Cubbery.
K, BB, SB, ERR, WP (Go-ahead Run), K, K

Sorry, first out wasn't a K... my bad.

Pie walks with 2 outs and runners on the corners...bases juiced, 2 outs, down 1.

McGehee up, down 0-1.

McGehee walks to score the tying run...

Hoffpauir with a chance to win it.

Hoffpauir grounds out meekly for a force at 2nd.

Kiss my sister, it's a 10-10 tie.

Ugly tie today. The top of the tenth inning was a horrible demonstration of baseball by the Cubs. Fontenot, McGeehee and Campusano looked lost on the field.

Good game overall, though. On to Vegas!

And btw, the new Mediaplayer powered by Silverlight is awesome. No buffer underruns and pretty cool new features.

You are correct, Rob G. With a RH batter and the runner stealing 2B, it is the second baseman's responsibility to take the throw. Only exception would be if the SS and 2B verbally agreed to something different (e.g. RH hitter consistently hits to opposite field).

In other words, Fontenot had his head up his ass.

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 16 min 3 sec ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 35 min 59 sec ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 38 min 3 sec ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 45 min 1 sec ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?


    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 11 hours 42 min ago view