Gameday Open Thread/A's @ Cubs

As a service to our readers, I will avoid the obligatory double Sean puns for today's starters - Marshall vs. Gallagher. Here's the lineup from Muskat:

LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 1B Jake Fox, RF
Richie Robnett, CF Reed Johnson, C Paul Bako, 2B Andres Blanco, P Sean

You can listen to this one on the radio if you have the means.


Where's Milton Bradley?

DHing tomorrow, suppose to play the field on Friday.

Someone needs to sit Hendry down and explain to him that we don't need DH's in the National League.

It's really hard for some of us to even care that MB is on the Cubs, much less be excited about it. We had a left handed hitting RF back in 2005 who scored 84 runs, drove in 87, and hit 24 HRs. We were so impressed with him we didn't bother to bring him back in 2006. But, correct me if I'm wrong, all three of those stats would be career highs for Milton Bradley.

And then Burnitz went on to tear it up in 2006 to the tune of .230/.289/.422 with 16 HRs, 49 RBI and 35 runs.

I know it's too late at this point. However count me in the camp that thinks it might be a good idea to trade for Nick Swisher right now while the Yanks have visions of Manny.

Maybe a Kevin Gregg for Nick Swisher swap could be mutually beneficial?

Kevin Gregg is no Kerry, but we still need him out there

I already feel our bullpen is suspect

I doubt the Yanks would accept a Swisher-for-Gregg trade straight up, but yes, I like Swisher on the team very much.

I'll probably get blasted by the batting average-obsessed crowd, but o well, I don't really give a shyte about batting average.

I'd do Reed Johnson and Kevin Gregg for Swisher. Then we can let Kfuk and Swisher compete for the Cf job.

Then the loser can start the other 90 games that Milton Bradley misses!

(ducks down and crawles out the door)

manny will sign with LA... soon as ST is closer to done.

as far as manny being manny goes he knows he'll get his loot...he also knows he's not up at 7am to go play stretch and run while it's settling out.

Where's Waldo?

He's in there!

argh, this lineup...

Today's game is not on the radio.

It is if you have's Gameday Audio. I think that's what Rob meant.

You're right. I turned on WGN, and said out loud, "What the fuck Rob?" :)

Soriano goes yard on Gallagher. 1-0 after 1.

IMO Bradley should be benched until he's fit to play baseball. Getting a quad injury on the first day of Spring Training? C'mon, the guy's not in shape, let him work out until his body is ready to go.

Marshal, 3IP, 1K, 0s everywhere else.

Fox unloaded on one, now 3-0

A-Ram goes yard. 6-0

Aramis just hit a 3 run homer. Bottom of the 4th
6-0 Cubs

ah, I see above that this game is being well-covered by TCR readers.

3-R HR by Aramis Ramirez off Blevins, scored 2 the previous inning as well...

6-0 now, bottom of the 4th

Fox could be the DH for our AL games?

Stanton takes the mound for Cubs

By the way, 3-run HR by Aramis.

I sent you a trade proposal.

Is that allowed? I might do that if it is.

not until after the draft

On a side note: Is anyone a bit worried that this massive push for DH'ing in spring training might lead to the DH being implemented in the NL? I know pitchers aren't going to hit well, but weren't the Cubs all about giving their pitchers plenty of ABs last spring? Weren't the Cubs all talking about making sure that the pitchers were ready to hit at the beginning of last season? Why the change this year?

"Why the change this year?"

Extra long spring training and some competition for the final roster spots.

BTW - 3-run HR by A-Ram 6-0 Cubs

Someone give me a scoring rundown.

Any Homers yet?

3-Run HR by Scott Eyre off of Jason Schmidt. A-Ram is broke.

That was clever. I like it.


Thanks. I like to contribute useful information to TCR. That's what I'm here for.

Stanton is blowing chunks. This is our lefty "backup"?

And now 2-run single w/bases juiced.


Good luck Stanton...

When's the first round of cuts?

Randy Bush on the radio...says Cubs will probably play Team Japan on March 11th, could be another team in the Asia bracket of WBC though.

Theriot with a bare-handed grab and throw to get Giambi, high hop off the mound and some top spin to make the play...

somebody asked about the CBOE auction the other day

the latest-->

Picked up my copy of MLB 2K9 this morning. I think it's got some potential to be a fantastic game, but I've got to work with the AI sliders a little bit first.

The pitching mechanic in itself is fantastic from a realism standpoint, I think. One of the best ever. The lone problem is that the computer swings at everything in the strike zone. Z threw a 48 pitch complete game this morning against the Cardinals. If I get that tweaked a little bit, I think I'll have a fantastic game here. Hitting is nice and difficult, although I hit too many homers when I make contact.

Franchise mode appears very deep, able to access all the way down to single A. I'll have more when I play it some more.

Cashner in...

as are Castillo, Rivas and Barney...

goes full on the first batter and gets a pop out to 2b

gives up a double to the 2nd batter...

2nd/3rd...1 out

wild scores.

aaron cunningham single on a misplay...6-4.

Cashner out...Cotts in.

Safe to say Cashman or Stanton will not be with the team this year.

Nor Ronnie Cedeno,Felix Pie or Rich Hill

Single or error. 6-4 now.

Still only one out.

Goodbye Cashman.

Cashner. Cashman's the dude who's regretting ARod's contract about now.

Donaldson in to pinch-hit for A's...

Who made the mis-play ROB G?

I didn't hear.

Cubs win! Put up the W flag!

OK, it's only March, but a W always makes me happy.

was wondering when the first "panic and cut" thread would pop up during spring games.

i think we got it here.

30+ days of armchair manager to go...

Aramis 3 run BOMB, up 6-0...

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    billybucks 19 min 31 sec ago view
  • Gameday has stopped at the top of the 8th inning. Google tells me it ended up 8-4 Pirates but I can't get further detail. Guess I'll have to wait until the Cubs' website updates...

    JoePepitone 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

    rvimpeny 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Dear Baseball Gods--
    My trip to Chicago has nothing whatsoever to do with the Cubs. In actuality, I am a Red Sox fan.

    CTSteve 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • Well, if Strop had to give up a least he hit Sean Rodriguez to do it.

    billybucks 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • strop...stawwwp.

    jaso has a cycle and 5 rbis...pit leads by 4.

    crunch 2 hours 51 sec ago view
  • have a nice bowl of pizza soup deep dish pizza...or a leisurely walk around the notorious south-side (bring money) at one of the walmart supercenters...waiting in line to waste $20 at willis tower...

    seriously,'s chicago, a lot to do. have a dog for lunch, a great dinner, and catch some local comedy.

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • Strange, because he really seemed to have the Pirates number last year.

    Bummer for Jake -- I think this is the first time all year his ERA has been over 3.00, and that will be his number for the year.

    billybucks 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • Jinx remover -- your trip doesn't have to be for a baseball game -- lots of stuff to do here in town.

    billybucks 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Guess they could always try to White Sox (and Bears...sob) approach: Never Rebuild! Seems to work pretty well for them.

    billybucks 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • 3rd time this season he's given up 6+ runs to PIT...only team he's given up 6+ runs to this season.

    7 runs is the most he's given up since august 6th in 2014.

    crunch 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Over 100 pitches, only the 5th.

    Brick 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • coghlan his cleats stuck in the wall attempting a play (failed, but looked great doing it). walking off on his own, precautionary/day-to-day looking stuff...hopefully not worse.

    also, jake arrieta is literally worse than hitler. 1-5, bottom 5. ...make that 1-6, bottom 5. ...make that 1-7, bottom 5.

    crunch 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Coghlan crashes into wall and comes up limping, looks like left knee or ankle. Leaves game...

    Arrieta inspiring no confidence yet again.

    Rob G. 2 hours 54 min ago view
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    When he left Boston after nine years as general manager, Epstein said he believed in the philosophy espoused by legendary football coach Bill Walsh: essentially that 10 years is a natural shelf life for a high-stress job.

    Rob G. 2 hours 56 min ago view