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.


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...


Hu's on second?

Hu's on first...oh wait.

Go CUBBIES!!! Can't wait to the official season starts up back in the city.
Keep the faith and support Chicago's real team. I already got my gear for my annual pub crawl,, bad a$$ shirts. Spring is the air in the Chi. Love it!!

i heard that company was run by nazi sympathizers.

tell everyone...i know i will!

Funny, I recently heard the same thing about you!

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.

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).

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 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 he's got that going for him, which is nice.


mountain lion or puma in Yuma?

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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  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.

  • Guess for Wednesday's lineup: Fowler (CF), Schwarber (LF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Montero (C), Russell (SS), Arrieta (P), Coughlan (RF)

  • Dusty already has blue and red wrist bands.

    /cmon dude