Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Padres and Day Old News

The Cubs travel to Peoria to play the San Diego Padres. Ryan Dempster and Jake Peavy will start. Here is the lineup from Muskat:

SS Ryan Theriot, 2B Aaron Miles, CF Reed Johnson, 1B Jake Fox, 3B
Fontenot, RF Doug Deeds, LF Richie Robnett, C Paul Bako, P Ryan

Carlos Marmol has changed his mind and will pitch in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic. Zambrano is still sitting out though.

Curt Schilling said if he does pitch this year, he would like it to be for either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Chicago Cubs. A Cubs source seems open to the idea.  Of course, I'm not sure if anyone has seen if he can still pitch.

Sam Fuld was named to Baseball America's All Winter League Team.

Thanks to the readers for the links.


Theriot single, Miles GIDP, Johnson grounds out

Theriot and Fox errors leading to runs for SD. Our defense may be suspect this year...Theriot/Fontenot are not that great up the middle, Bradley fields the DH position well, not sure how strong he'll be in RF.

Bruce Miles is reporting that the Cubs get Peavey if they win this game, and they don't if they lose.

Golly, that Kevin Towers drives a hard bargain.

I assume this is Wittenmyer being funny...

1-2-3 second for Peavy. Padres said to be demanding Soto and Zambrano in 5 for 1 deal. Trying to confirm.


Another 1-2-3 for Peavy. Padres tell Cubs they can't afford him and to have a nice century.


Piniella is all for Schilling...

then makes some ridiculous comment about Koskie and comparing him to Josh Hamilton

Harden faced some hitters on Saturday

phew...along with the 400ab miles statements and other crap it's nice to be able to get "news" like this without 100 posts picking apart the stupidity of a 60 year old fat man being out of touch with koskie's ability, bradley's injury handling, or having no control of his clubhouse because he can't field a volunteer team in vegas.

Ha... Piniella was clearly drunk.

Cripes, it's not even that old and I already fucking hate Twitter.

it's really weird to hear steve stone call WSox games on TV.

CSN and MLB Network, btw...and it's over soon.

sean casey immitating the batting styles of classic houston astros players #1.

Rich Hill was supposed to start today for the Orioles but was scratched due to "elbow and forearm stiffness." The article in the Baltimore Sun mentions "back and shoulder issues" last season.

Back, shoulder, elbow, forearm--what else is there?

Knees and toes, my friend. Knees and toes.


But the Peavy-to-the-Cubs rumor won't die a natural death because the Padres still can't afford to keep his $63 million contract. Another rumor making the rounds is that Peavy's boss, San Diego Chief Executive Officer Sandy Alderson, may be in line for a similar role with the Cubs once Tom Ricketts takes control of the team. The Padres are in the process of being sold.

Alderson declined to comment when asked if he'd be interested in running the Cubs if Ricketts buys the team.

A baseball guy as president that has an affinity for stats...imagine that. Maybe Depodesta would come with him.

You're such a tease.

I don't like you anymore. You're a cruel individual.

The only thing positive about this game was that it was baseball and I got to watch it live. 90 degrees and sunny. Is anyone else having problems with tcr on an iPhone? As I was trying to check az phil's 40 man roster from the stadium, my iPhone kept crashing. Too many scrubs to keep up with. Jake Fox is lost at 1b. SD's guy that pitched the 9th was throwing some serious heat(Morales?). Fontenot wore # 81 and played 3b. Doug Deeds sucks too, but has a decent arm. SD's 1(Blankes?)is built like a tank, think NFL TE. Going again on Monday.

it's snowing here...screw u...i mean have fun.

seriously, ST...awesome. have fun.

Total Consciousness, I've got that going for me, which is nice..
Notes: Padres RHP Mark Prior said he felt good Sunday, a day after his most recent bullpen session. Trying to rebound from shoulder surgery in June, Prior said he threw 55-60 pitches, "so obviously that's a good sign for endurance. It's coming. I think yesterday was probably one of the first days where I felt, 'OK, things are starting to kind of round into form a little bit,' so that was nice." Prior threw about six curveballs. "I'm feeling comfortable enough to throw that because obviously it takes some arm speed to throw the curveball," said Prior, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since Aug. 10, 2006, with the Cubs. Black said it was a good sign that Prior is throwing breaking balls. "That'd be great if he could come back and be able to jump into our rotation," Black said

It would be a moral crime for Mark Prior to ever throw a single pitch to a Cubs batter in the regular or post season for the rest of his life.

I don't really like Mark Prior's politics, but I'm glad he's no longer a Cub.


Not sure if this is related to anything but.......

Randy Bush hates black people!!!

Pedroia MLB'09 ad...good stuff

more viral videos at their website as well...

I have mine pre-ordered! I hope I receive it tomorrow, but it will probably be Wed or Thur.

F'ing MLB 09 only on PS2/3. 2K9 is getting bad reviews and I have the 360.

Oh and MLB Front Office Manager blows, do not ever contemplate even renting it.

If you don't have a PS2 you ought to be able to get one really cheap by now.

I own a PS2, but if I could have 2K9 for the 360 or MLB for the PS2 I don't know which I'd rather have.

I just wold prefer the graphics and all that jazz for the 360, and they usually cut the good features on the Ps2 version.

Is 2K9 getting bad reviews? Saw the guy over at HJE thought it was pretty darn good. I don't tend to read any of the gaming sites reviews because I just don't take games as seriously as they do.

I'm probably going to get it either way, I guess. Baseball game I hate is better than no baseball game.

I have read mix reviews about 2K9 but everything positive about The Show.

The last season of Triple Play was the best ever. Now baseball games have gone to shit, which is too bad. I guess EA is making an assload of $$ on Madden to not care about the baseball license. They certainly haven't cared about NCAA for a few years since they fail to update stadiums at the very least.

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  • video of Maddon.

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 hour 9 min ago view

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 5 hours 59 sec ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 12 hours 27 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 19 hours 40 min ago view