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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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 10 hours 53 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 11 hours 11 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 11 hours 25 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 11 hours 31 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 11 hours 47 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 14 hours 39 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 17 hours 11 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 44 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 19 hours 42 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 22 hours 2 min ago view