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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  • I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?

    billybucks 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • LOLLYGAGGERS!

    Dusty Baylor 5 hours 14 min ago view
  • You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

    Jackstraw 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.

    The E-Man 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.

    New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.

    billybucks 8 hours 27 min ago view
  • Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.

    billybucks 10 hours 1 sec ago view
  • I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.

    The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.

    Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.

    billybucks 10 hours 4 min ago view
  • 6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.

    And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.

    billybucks 10 hours 46 min ago view
  • What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?

    The E-Man 12 hours 19 min ago view
  • Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...

    The E-Man 12 hours 58 min ago view
  • I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."

    The E-Man 13 hours 2 min ago view
  • OK, boys -- find a way to win today.

    billybucks 13 hours 55 min ago view
  • There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:

    -6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100

    cubbies.4ever 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • per Muscat...
    Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel

    Cubster 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.

    billybucks 15 hours 55 min ago view
  • Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.

    For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 19 min ago view