Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Mariners

Rich Harden gets his first start of Cactus League play with Aaron Heilman set to pitch as well. Lineup is Miles 2b, Theriot SS, Hoffpauir 1B, Fox DH, Fontenot 3B, Johnson CF, Deeds RF,  Hill C, Taguchi LF

Ronny Cedeno will start at 2B  and Cub-for-a-minute Garrett Olson will start for the Mariners.

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This lineup is flawless and brilliant. It cannot possibly fail to score less than 13 runs.

It is probably also the only lineup in MLB history to feature Reed, Micah, Koyie and So.

first video of A's uber-prospect Michael Ynoa

http://baybridgebaseball.com/2009/03/the-ynoa-video/

apparently this is a big deal...

Well, he's definitely right-handed.

WAIT! - IS this the patented L-R-L-R-L-R lineup? How could we possibly fail???

If this economy continues its path, I will be joining Scott Eyre.

Harden gets through the first... 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Probably been covered already, but this lineup blows.

through 2...another hit but he gets a K as well

2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB

Garrett Olson enjoying the scrubs lineup...

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/310_cla...

Muskat just randomly throws this line in:
Piniella said Fukudome will likely bat second in the Cubs' lineup behind Alfonso Soriano. Other options there are Aaron Miles, Ryan Theriot and Reed Johnson.

Somehow Fontenot is not a good option to bat second? (shrug)

another muskat blog says he'll decide by the end of the week on Opening Day Starter between Z and Dempster

What do these four hitters have in common?

Decent hitters, bat control, some speed, no pop. Move the runner over, etc.

Fontenot's more of a run producer, not a #2. Lou has ideas about hitting slots that may not be the same as yours or mine.

When these guys play--an important qualifier--they're candidates for #2.

Her Cubs.com article also mentions Fonte, might just have forgotten on the blog.

Dempster in...

offensive explosion in the 4th...

doobles by God and Deeds, 5 runs total off Olsen and Batista

I read somewhere that Miguel Bautista was the favorite to close for Seattle.

I laughed.

...chipping away at those 13 runs you promised...

Posted without comment:

http://www.assburger.org/digicam/pwn3d/images/08a_...

(safe for work)

intel inside, yo.

Kerry Wood, 1 IP, 1 K, 0 H

go kw and tribe go...

cubs version of 30 in 30 on right now (mlb.tv)

8-0 Cubs, Fuld dooble in there

Heilman with an inning so far and 2 more K's.

3 IP, 5 K, 2 H, 1 ER for Heilman...nice.

To ROB G:

Dear Rob G.:

I am really appreciative of you and the other contributors making this a great place for suffering, generally pessimistic (and broke) Cub fans. However, I am wondering if it would be possible to re-assess the Mobile version for k-weight and to try and streamline download times?

I am using a 3G iPhone, and I have noticed on both WiFi networks (even T1) and 3G with excellent signals, the download speeds are really, really, slow, sometimes not loading a page for :30 to 1:00 or more. It is aggravating as I can't wait to see if Scott Eyre is out of hock, or the latest AZ PHIL awesome post. Yes, its great that you have (I would think) a little revenue coming in and nice banners on the main site, but on a mobile platform, user satisfaction is key. Would it be a chore to maybe have a link for a "streamlined mobile version", that has less gifs, flash, etc., on it?

Thanks for listening.

One of the many TCR fans,

The E-Man

Yeah, what he said. About 75% of the time, my 3G iPhone crashes when using this site now.

bookmark this instead, comments aren't threaded, but it has the basics..

http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi/

as for a stripped down, dedicated mobile site, I'd love to do it, but you're talking a $500-$1000 investment for maybe 30-100 hits a day and I would guess no more than 10 users. That's a bit steep for us.

We are planning some improvements to the main site and the software upgrade may speed things up a bit for your phones.

I also recommend using Opera Mini as your mobile web browser.

http://www.opera.com/mini/

hope that helps...

For the iPhone? Hmmm...unless things have changed:

"From The New York Times BITS blog,

Mr. von Tetzchner said that Opera’s engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won’t let the company release it because it competes with Apple’s own Safari browser."

Yay for Apple! Competitivity! They're nothing like Microsoft!

well I can't control Apple's attempt at a monopoly (and shit, how is that any different than what Microsoft went through with Explorer?)

but the mobile link I gave you should work, at least you get the stories and comments.

I would come to apple's defense if they didn't make a living for so long selling their hardware at prices as if it was all made of diamond studded titanium. it's just so hard to...

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  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 17 min 3 sec ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 17 min 41 sec ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 24 min 8 sec ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 27 min 40 sec ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 31 min 16 sec ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 40 min 12 sec ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 42 min 4 sec ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 47 min 50 sec ago view
  • QuietMan 55 min 48 sec ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 11 hours 38 min ago view