Gameday Open Thread/Dodgers @ Cubs

The Cubs return to Mesa and take on the Dodgers. Batting second and pitching for them is Randy Wolf, the Cubs send out Dempster. The lineup from Muskat:

3B Aaron Miles, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley, LF
Micah Hoffpauir, 2B Bobby Scales, C Koyie Hill, CF Joey Gathright and P
Ryan Dempster.

Rich Harden threw a 43-pitch simulated game and could start Tuesday.

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2-0 Dodgers in the bottom of the second, both runs in the top of the first...

Kemp single, SB, sacrifice by Wolf, Loney got on somehow that wasn't a walk, hit, error, HBP or dropped third strike (shrug), Walk to Dewitt, Ausmus RBI single, Mientkiewicz with an RBI out and then out of the inning...

Must have been a FC - maybe Loney hit it at someone who tried to nail Kemp at third and didn't succeed...

if I read the box score correctly, Kemp was already at third base after Wolf sacrificed him. Could have been a FC to try and tag Kemp or something and everyone was safe.

nevermind, Phil has the account of it, chopper to first and tried to get Kemp at home but he made it back to third.

Dempster gets the first hit of the day...

woo.

Hu's on second?

Hu's on first...oh wait.

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Me, too!

The 50 year contract deferral? How much is a Juan Pierre bunt single worth? It does look like LA will pay JP and Manny about the same dollars in 2009.
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if Pierre is serious about wanting to play this year, and away from the impossible competition he faces with the Dodgers, then he must defer his salary for 50 years, and sign at the league minimum. The signing team pays him what he is worth (0.4 + 2.45 = 2.85).

http://www.insidethebook.com/ee/index.php/site/com...

how anyone gives a 1-dimentional player (his CF skills were already declining even with the legs healthy) a deal like LAD gave him still blows my mind.

2 year deal is risky enough...paying him 10+m for even one year is crazy, though...much less 4.

-separate tangent-

"By the way, the value of the Redsox increased by 100MM when Pedroia signed that contract"

that is fucking retarded. straight up slow-bus...even with the weak ass explanation after the statement.

Did Harden throw 43 simulated towel pitches?

Now Hu's on 3rd...wait, he's thrown out by Theriot at home...so Hu's not home and Lou's thankful (per Pat Hughes).

Koyie Hill throws out the runner at first to end the inning.

Bradley 1-2, lifted in the 4th for a pinch-runner...

early reports were that he was mauled by a lion.

scoreless innings for Berg and Vizcaino

Hoffpauir SF. He's got the most rbi's in the cactus league...so he's got that going for him, which is nice.

2-1.

mountain lion or puma in Yuma?

http://vineline.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/some_...

puff piece that Ed Campusano is the locker room joke-teller...

is it just sad or foretelling of things to come that the clubhouse there looks a lot more player-friendly and nice than the one at wrigley?

it's a nice old building, but as much as the fans hate the bathrooms...yeesh...

Stevens and Atkins competing for who will get cut first...

Well I see the linescore, but how did Demp look?

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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. 10 hours 5 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. 10 hours 11 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. 10 hours 16 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. 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 10 hours 39 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. 11 hours 4 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 11 hours 44 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 12 hours 56 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 13 hours 13 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 13 hours 17 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 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 18 hours 53 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 20 hours 7 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 10 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 29 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 4 hours ago view