Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Dodgers

The Cubs travel to Glendale to play the Dodgers, Carlos Zambrano gets his fourth start of the spring.  Randy Wolf goes for the Dodgers.

The batting order from Muskat:

LF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Miles, CF Reed Johnson,
1B Derrek Lee, RF So Taguchi, 3B Koskie, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres
Blanco, P Carlos Zambrano.


gosh, that lineup...


How do you keep Luis Rivas and Paul Bako out of that lineup?

Lee a late scratch with a sore quad, Jake Fox at 1b instead. Reed tripled in the first but stranded.

Z with a 3-run homer off Wolf...awesome.

4-0 in the second...

Z doobles...4th RBI, 7-1 Cubs in the 4th...

should the Cubs have just spent the money to work on teaching Z to play right field this offseason instead of signing Bradley?

If Z played for an American League team, how many days a week would he typically DH?

Turns out we had a LHPH off the bench the whole time...and Z seems crazy enough to do it.

K. Hill 3/3 with a home run as well

9-1 Cubs

4/4 for Hill, 3 Runs, 2 RBI's, 1 HR...

Dude wants a MAJOR LEAGUE job.

If he doesn't get it, he'll give us the finger.

Spare yourself the effort Crunch, I'll handle it myself: Epic Fail.

they finally get Hill out, goes 4/5...

Andres Blanco 2/3 batting .313 so far, did make an error though

German with 2 bb's and 2 runs scored...

Z did give up 3 ER in 5 IP, 1 K, 2 BB

If Z was a hockey player, he'd get a +1 today.

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  • Yay! KB at 3B!

  • Molina in the Cards lineup.

  • Fowler (CF), Schwarber (RF!), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Coughlan (LF), Russell (SS), Ross (C), Lester (P)

  • If the baseball gods would guarantee that result, I'd take it :-).

  • I wonder if it is about numbers specifically against the Mets. But, it could also be because Kershaw can go 9 innings everytime, while Grienke very rarely makes it through the game. They don't want to expose their weak bullpen.

    I have trouble getting past the extraordinary 1.66 ERA, but I don't know what the heck will happen with the Cy Young vote this year.

  • So Kershaw is opening the series for the Dodgers. How, then, does Greinke get the Cy Young? Not even the best pitcher on his team!

  • You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.

  • Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.

    Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.

  • Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December

  • So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.

    He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".

    I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.

  • I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?

    Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.

  • Gordo's lede today:

    ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.

  • *checks pulse*

    *checks pulse again*


  • Who are you? Andy Rooney?

  • K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.