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.

Comments

gosh, that lineup...

SUCKS.

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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    Tito 30 min 29 sec ago view
  • marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD

    crunch 37 min 14 sec ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 2 hours 9 sec ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 10 hours 59 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 11 hours 12 sec ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 11 hours 2 min ago view
  • Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.

    The E-Man 11 hours 11 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 12 hours 39 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 16 hours 55 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 17 hours 37 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 17 hours 41 min ago view