Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Rangers

Ted Lilly will start for the Cubs before heading off to Team USA. The Rangers will start Scott Feldman.

Lineup from Muskat:

 SS Ryan Theriot, CF Reed Johnson, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, DH Jason Dubois,
C Geovany Soto, 2B Mike Fontenot, LF Doug Deeds, 3B Luis Rivas, RF So


Gosh, that lineup blows. I hope Doug "Dirty" Deeds makes the team. I want to hear the organist play a little AC/DC.

TheRiot goes 2-3 with a 2B, R...mark it down.

Extra-base hit for Theriot? Bold prediction.

Oh well, missed it by that much.

Scott Eyre having money problems

Isn't this 3/44 by now?

Dr. says "document not found". I suspect that's the same message Eyre gets when he tries to look up his portfolio online.

yep, that's the point. every day.

It was the point. Kinda a new 3/44 if you will.

That being said, I will cease and desist from linking Stevie Ires financial troubles.

Carry on

In hindsight, 3/44 for Jason Schmidt was a terrible idea. Good thing it fell through.

Given Eyre's financial situation, isn't it like 3/00?


no radio today, huh?

Dubois as a DH? Never mind that that's about all he should ever try to be in MLB. Does Lou really have noone else to stick into the lineup?

just from reading the boxscore:

Theriot singles, out stealing 2nd. Johnson out. Hoffpauir and Dubois single, Soto walks.Bags loaded.

Fontenot K's.

...that's how Ronald Regan did it.

Dear Ryan Theriot,

Stop trying to steal bases.



February and March are fine times for Theriot to try to steal bases.

But in the regular season he'll need to be successful more than 65% of the time.

and the magnificent Theodore Roosevelt Lilly on the mound...

Duran K's. Third baseman Young singles. Josh Hamilton out. Andruw Jones K's.

end 1st.

Deeds, Rivas, Taguchi...

terror grows in the opposing pitchers heart.

On cue, they put together the first scoring inning.

Bradley sent home feeling ill and quad still sore, won't play this weekend.

Harden to face hitters on Saturday...Cubs hitters, no games yet.

Piniella likes Cashner so far...doesn't think he'll spend much time in the minors.

Peavy vs. Dempster on Sunday.

"Harden to face hitters on Saturday...Cubs hitters, no games yet."

Ye Gods! That means at some point Harden might pitch to Bradley?

That'd be the injury equivalent of the Ghostbusters crossing the streams........people in a 50-mile radius would have their right arm fall off and then they'd have to limp after it. Out to 100 miles the entire population would go on the DL.

This sore quad has got to be a fucking joke. Seriously, already?

I'm a Hendry guy, but I just can't get excited about Bradley's chances of living up to his contract.

Extra long spring training. He could sit out the first two weeks and it wouldn't matter much at all. Maybe that has been figured into the decision for him to sit out the weekend.

You can spin it however you want, but it is what it is. The Cub's biggest off-season acquisition has a quad injury. Maybe it will be better by opening day, maybe it won't.

I'm not really disagreeing, I just hate to hear this pessimism so early in the season, er, pre-season. Let's wait until at least the second week of March. I'm still ecstatic that there is baseball. I'm psyched about the WBC, if only because the games will be televised. From December through February I wonder why I still have cable.

flood gates open...

Fontenot two-run HR, Hoff-power three-run HR, Deeds hit a triple...

7-0 heading to the bottom of the 2nd.

I love this lineup.

Here's to hoping Hoff-power's bat stays hot enough that Lou has to put him on the Opening Day roster. And that Fontenot wins the starting 2B gig.

So, Lilly looks pretty decent. Maybe he's not such a strange choice to play for team USA.

J.R. Mathes gives up a run...Lou tells him to run a lap.


Lou and Rob hate pitchers.

thirty first!

and the beat writers get to sink their teeth in...

Would it surprise anyone of Kosuke was back in RF on opening day?

well that would be the end of the season right there...

Manny's still available?

it doesn't matter, if Bradley isn't playing on opening Day of a 6-month season, the season is over...

Berg with a scoreless inning...2 K's, 2 BB's

Campusano with a scoreless inning...2 BB's, 0 K's

Godenot with a triple, 2 more RBI

Fontegod another half slab of ribs...

9-2, bottom 7.

andruw jones 0-3, 3 K's...

lookin' good..

Laugh all you want, but if Johnson turns into a pumpkin Jones in a Cubby uniform may not be that far fetched.

I suppose anything is possible, but I doubt it. Jones isn't even hitting lefties and his defense is pretty much average the last 4 years.

The only reason Andruw Jones is still in baseball is because his name is Andruw Jones.

then of course Jim Edmonds figured out how to upper-cut his way into a decent season last year, so who knows...

Um.. I don't see that as even remotely likely... The Jones-in-a-Cub-Uniform part... Where is your logic for that argument?

Rob just outlined it for you.

I'm glad to see Fuld tag one with Piniella watching. I'm not sure Lou has seen Fuld hit a ball.

Apparently he's not just a singles hitter. He slugged .513 in 200 at bats in Venezuela this winter. He also put up those crazy numbers in the AFL in '07.

He doesn't hit for average but his OBP is always high with lots of walks.

Our regular center fielder is no bargain, so Fuld is interesting.

Roquet gets rocked, Stevens and Mateo with scoreless innings...
10-4 win.
Cubs own the Cactus League scrubs.
Webb down with a sore forearm to join Johann's sore elbow.

who cares about bradley's sore thigh? Just play everyday in october and play pissed off.

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  • I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Nice article on Willson Contreras in the DesMoines Register

    Cubster 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Julianna Zobrist will sing national anthem (Memorial Day) at Wrigley today.

    Tribune interviews her...

    Cubster 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • Any word on Neil Ramirez?? Today is his 10th day where they have had to have done something with him, or are they not count today because it is a holiday??

    cubbies.4ever 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.


    crunch 13 hours 4 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 7 min ago view
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    John Beasley 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 16 hours 2 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 16 hours 32 min ago view
  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 18 hours 28 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 20 hours 30 sec ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 21 hours 21 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 21 hours 55 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 51 min ago view