Gameday Open Thread/Angels @ Cubs; Bullpen Rumors

The Angels show up in Mesa today sending prospect Nick Adenhart to the mound -  Sean Marshall will go for the Cubs. Here is the lineup according to Muskat:

LF Alfonso Soriano, CF Kosuke Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Micah Hoffpauir, 3B
Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, C Geovany Soto, SS Ryan Theriot, P
Sean Marshall.

Other than Hoffpauir in there for Bradley, it's pretty much what we should expect to see on Opening Day.

On the rumor mill, Paul Sullivan says that Chad Fox will head down to Iowa after the Cubs vs. Yankees series which leaves Patton, Gaudin, Guzman and Samardzija for the final two spots in the bullpen. Sullivan says a trade would have to go down by Wednesday and it looks like the Cubs are trying to move Gaudin or Guzman. Also, Lou said, "There will either be a trade, an option.... anything but (putting one of them through) waivers."

So with Fox going to Iowa and Samardzija with options, that leaves three players (Patton, Guzman and Gaudin) with two spots left. The article says the Cubs would like to keep Patton which leaves one spot left for Guzman or Gaudin. Before we get to that, Hendry could try and work a trade with the Rockies, but Patton would first have to go through waivers and be passed on by the other 29 teams. Considering the spring training he's had, that probably wouldn't happen. So it would be best to have Patton make the team, see if he can make it in the big leagues and if he shows he's not ready - but the Cubs would like to keep him - then put him through waivers. Most clubs by that point probably won't take a chance on Patton and then Hendry could work out a deal with the Rockies to try and keep Patton in the Cubs' system.

As for Guzman or Gaudin, if Lou is serious about not putting any of them through waivers, the Cubs are going to have to accept pretty much anything a team offers and chanes are they'll get more for Guzman who doesn't have a $2 million price tag next to his name and possesses a more dynamic pitching repertoire and all-important "upside". Gaudin though has been kinds of awful all spring and for much of last year with the Cubs, so I would think they just might as well release Gaudin (unless they can of course actually get something for him) and raise the beer prices by a dollar to cover whatever they lose. I mean if you're dumb enough to buy an Old Style for $9, you'll buy one at $10.

UPDATE: Bruce Miles makes it clear that the Cubs will not put Patton or Guzman through waivers, preferring to trade Chad Gaudin and that the competition will go through the weekend.


So if I understand this correctly...

OPTION 1: Trade Gaudin, option Samardzija; Guzman and Patton make the team.
OPTION 2: Trade Guzman, option Samardzija; Gaudin and Patton make the team.
OPTION 3: Release Gaudin, option Samardzia; Guzman and Patton make the team.
OPTION 4: Trade Guzman and either trade or release Gaudin; Samardzija and Patton make the team.

I suppose they could trade Patton and his Rule 5 rights, but I doubt that's really on the table.

That's the way I would read it from Lou/Jim's comments in Wittenmeyer's blog. I vote for Option 3, but then I hate Samardzija like you do, Rob.

I have to admit, #1 seems preferable to #3.

1-0 Angels, Figgins to first on a K and WP, Kendrick BB, Abreau GO, runners to 2nd/3rd, Vlad GO rbi, Hunter K.

Sori GO, Fukudome single to CF, Fukudome picked off first, DLee singles to LF, Hoffpauir F9.

end 1, 1-0 LA Angles of Anaheim, Orange County, near John Wayne Airport and Disneyland

Morales singles to LF, Isturis K's, Mathis sings Misty...then K's, Adenhart K's.

on to the bottom of 2nd.

is any of this affected by harden beginning the year active as opposed to on the d/l? apologies for losing track of his status.

I've never heard from the Cubs about putting Harden on the DL, just our theories around here, but they could buy a week or two by putting him on the DL to start the season and then all three could make the team, so I guess that's OPTION 6.

OPTION 1: Trade Gaudin, option Samardzija; Guzman and Patton make the team.
OPTION 2: Trade Guzman, option Samardzija; Gaudin and Patton make the team.
OPTION 3: Release Gaudin, option Samardzia; Guzman and Patton make the team.
OPTION 4: Trade Guzman and either trade or release Gaudin; Samardzija and Patton make the team.
OPTION 5: Trade Patton and his Rule 5 rights, option Samardzija; keep Gaudin and Guzman
OPTION 6: DL Rich Harden, option Samardzija; keep Patton, Guzman and Gaudin until they need Harden.

Oh Rob, of course 4 of your 6 options involve Samninja being in the minors...Why do you hate him?

because he's white

actually 5 of 6....maybe I should start watching the games...

ARam GO, Fonty K, Soto K.

zzzzz......end 2nd.

Figgins bunt single, steals 2nd. Kendrick GO, runner holds. Abreau F8, runner to 3rd. Vlad P6.

1-0 the bottom of 3rd.

Too bad Bradley isn't playing today. We could have definetively ended the Abreu/Bradley debate based on today's performances.

This game is on right? The video player won't load and when I go to the audio-video page for MLB it shows three games available but they are grayed out and I can't click on them. I just watched a game a few days ago, so I don't think its my system or account. Anyone else having problems or is there something I am missing?


#2 Always open up in radio mode -- make sure the box score is showing.

#3 Then use the "Today's Games" tab on your player to see if video is available. This link works 999/1000 times tried.

It worked today even though the main media page link to the televised game is dead.

Seems to be up and working now, but thanks, I'll keep that in mind for future problems.

Theriot singles to RF. Theriot picked off 1st. Marshall and Soriano K.

end 3... 1-0

we have the dumbest baserunners.

4 of your 6 options involve Samninja being in the minors

and another puppy just died.

Hunter leadoff HR on first pitch. Az Phil catches it and throws it back to the infield.

now I know how much it must suck to do play by play in a blowout game


after the HR...double, single, double, walk, single, FC, single

coaching visit to mound.

Rob coulda sworn it was SMarshaldizija pitching the 4th.

FBI investigating to see if he hates *ponies* too.

Patton blowing his chance...Vlad single, Hunter single


must be inherited runs, Patton ended up striking out 3 in 1.1 IP...I bet they were even major leaguers.

I was at the game, Patton looked fine. Neither ball was hit real hard. Lou had him come back out for another inning and he looked real good.

OK I'm relaxing...this game doesn't count. Repeat after's an exhibition.

At least the new mlb at-bat 2009 application, and gameday works well. It's slightly ahead of the feed. It has an audio button but I don't think that will work until the regular season starts.

DLee 2nd hit of the day, a dooble after a Fuku F7

There you go again ... listing Samardjiza last in your list. You really hate him, don't you?

There's more to this story than he's telling. I think maybe Samardzija made a pass at AngelFan Wife. Maybe Rob blames him for the Serbian-Croat war. My guess? Rob doesn't want to have to type his damned name every week.

Holy god, does Marshall have any options?

Following through on his delivery and hitting his spots might be two options he could consider.

Fuku triple, DLee rbi dooble. 8-2.

(DLee 3-3, 2 doobles)

for a PTBNL...

Phils asking about Sheffield...

I hope Victornio likes running, because if he sandwiched bewteen Ibanez and Sheff he will be doing alot of it. If its a trade of Gaudin or Guzman that happens, it will be interesting to see who Jimbo gets as he tends to do well with dump off/minor trades like:

Sosa for Fontenot
Aardsma for Cotts
Twalk for Ceda
Bynum for Hart
Lawton for Berg
Monroe for Deeds

Anytime you can dump-off a guy for a fringe prospect who logs some MLB service time its a good job.

Spring after spring, season after season (when they square off), the "LA Angels of Anaheim" always pants the Cubs. I thought for sure they would be in the World Series last year. And the year before...It seems as if they are the AL version of the Braves in their heyday.

"Theriot has strong range up the middle and good hands, but he has occasional trouble when he backs up on groundballs instead of attacking them," the author states. "His arm is an asset when turning two or completing a tough play. He is tremendous on any kind of ball hit in the air, both line drives and pop-ups... A favorite of veterans and rookies alike, Theriot brings a steady glove to the Cubs infield."

i wonder if this guy will sell me some weed.

the arm thing was intriguing, everything else seemed fair. His range seems better to his left than his right imo.

i'm not that confident on his range to his left, myself. the guy throws his body into too much stuff rather than being there with his glove. dive/block/stop/ least he can actually block and knock down, though.

...and the defender at 1st probably saved riot a good 5+ errors (being generous because it was WAY more chances) with riot's arm. his penchant for low throws is getting pretty predictable on whole.

and yes, im happy with riot at SS...and he's more than adequate for let's no one go there because i don't think the guy's D is worth applauding...much less celebrating.

I agree with you completely on this, crunch, he throws himself at balls up the middle--and he doesn't throw himself very far. You want range, check out Barney or maybe that Castro fellow.

As for popups, I think he has Theriot confused with Fontenot, who is excellent on balls in the air. Lou's first spring training, they tried Theriot in centerfield. That didn't last long: too many balls falling harmlessly to earth.

I do think his arm is decent, though. And I have a hunch that Theriot is well above average in positioning himself on defense.

It wasn't just a spring training experiment. Theriot played 5 games in LF and RF in 2007 in the regular season, and had a 1,000 fielding percentage to boot (5/5)! I was in Milwaukee for a Sunday game in April 2007 with seats in RF and Theriot got the start there. Seemed to do ok.

no he was pretty terrible, misjudged a lot of baseballs I rememeber...

of course that has nothing to do with his ability to judge pop-ups from the infield.

"seemed to do ok" refers only to the game I was at...

Other than that I don't really remember, but I wouldn't expect him to be good at it since he is an infielder.

Since he didn't play the infield, I guess we'll never know how Willie Mays would have handled pop flies.

Huh? How is that relevant?

If you don't think that handling balls in the air as an infielder is different than as an outfielder, I am not sure why we should listen to you about anything baseball related.

McGehee makes the Brewers; Lamb released.

Not sure if it was mentioned already, Murt didn't make the Rox cut.

...ready for this effing season to start.



Bird, bird, bird.

*makes a series of complex hand gestures affirming his affiliation with various social organizations*

Q: *makes a series of complex hand gestures affirming his affiliation with various social organizations*

A: Wendell Kim

I would say option 3 has the most chance of actually happening. Teams have the information available...There is no market for him (gaudin).

RIP Herman Franks. The '77 Cubs were one of my favorite teams. Everything was great until Bruce Sutter got hurt...

Dallas McPherson available for anyone looking for a 3b...

Test comment 1...2...3

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • 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.