Gameday Open Thread/Dbacks @ Cubs & Opening Day Starter News

Carlos Zambrano gets his first start of the spring, the Diamondbacks send Dan Haren out to begin the game.

Muskat says Lou is deciding between Zambrano or Dempster for the Opening Day start versus the Houston Astros. 

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http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ti-cabrerasi...

A's sign Orlando Cabrera $4M x1. WSux get draft choice but if I recall correctly the A's 1st rounder is protected so a 2nd round plus sandwich pick. Please correct me if that's not right, but I think it's similar to the Juan Cruz draft implications.

A's have the 13th pick, so it's protected.

That is correct. Pick between rounds 1/2 "sandwich" and A's 2nd rounder. Should be picks between 40 and 60

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_03_0...

lineup per mlb boxscore:

Soriano, Miles, DLee, Hoffpauir (RF), ARam, Fontenot, KHill, Gathright, Z

ugh,

That lineup sux

Starting the year off right!

lineup cloud: RSRLRLRLS

Alright, I'll knock it off, but you have to admit, it's less annoying than talking politics.

That's the easiest word cloud to read I've ever seen. They all need to be more like that.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090302&c...

Hawkins replacing Joe Nathan on Team USA...

Just trying to imagine in what situation the U.S. will actively attempt to blow a save. Drawing a blank.

Hawkins couldn't even convert a save pitching against Team Gaza Strip.

And he thought the Wrigley crowd was tough?

La-T-Roy? Really? This just proves that the USA contingent doesn't want to win the WBC, if the "good" squads don't even set up to win, then what the hell? Hopefully La-T-Roy only sees time when we're up by 5 in the last 1-2 innings.

What about Lidge? Isn't he American?

a U.S American

lol {removed}

I ain't going there again.

Lidge has been dealing with shoulder stiffness during Phillies camp, per Rotoworld the other day.

Z 1-2-3 inning, two K's

Go Z

Also, Scott Eyre has fallen on some financial "Hard Times"

Beaten Dead Horse - meet The Dr. Aaron "3/44" B

I think I missed the beginning of this meme. Just kinda started happening, didn't it?

Nope. For about a week running! lol

First!

Is it possible that Bobby Scales will emerge as the 25th man? I know the dude ain't no spring chicken (31), but his career minor league numbers are:

3227 ABs, 285/376/430 (806)

And the last two seasons at Iowa (combined):

819 ABs, 306/386/485 (871), with a BB/K ratio of 109/184.

Plus he can play 2B, 3B, and OF.

Makes as much sense as Luis Rivas and (in my opinion) Joey Gathright.

1 IP, 5 ER including a 3-R blast to Chris Snyder...

he also hit 2 batters and gave up a double to Tony Clark.

No mustard and stale Slyders = the new Atkins diet

Clever. A+

Guzman gives up 3 ER in an 1 IP

From the box score...

WP: Kadokura 2.

Really? Bleh.

Something tells me Kadokura doesn't throw the Terminator.

Ha, yea, I just wanted a link with the song for effect.

dental plan.

Lisa needs braces.

dental plan.

What...

the fuck?

Watching MLB tonight on MLB TV...2 things.

1- When they go onto the "field" in the studio the hosts Harold Reynolds and Joe Migrane put on sweat suits to show plays or baseball practice. They look like Heaven's Gates members. Or possibly garbagemen from the future, like in 30 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven's_Gate_(cult)

2- Joe Migrane is the living form of Col Bud Manstrong from the Venture Brothers, voice and look. Eeerie.

http://stars.ign.com/objects/922/922116.html

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    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. 12 hours 31 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. 12 hours 36 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as 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. 12 hours 41 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. 12 hours 53 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 13 hours 4 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. 13 hours 29 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 14 hours 9 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 15 hours 22 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 15 hours 39 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 15 hours 43 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 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 21 hours 18 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 22 hours 32 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 22 hours 36 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 54 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 7 hours ago view