39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus two players on 15-DAY DL and 12 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL: 2
* Felix Doubront, P
Brian Schlitter, P
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 8/18/14 - about 40 games left
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
Our jeremiad had no apparent effect -- one day later and no one (not even Transmission) has been fired. So, back to what's happening on the field.
GAME THIRTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (13-25, 4th, 10.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (15-22, 5th, 8.5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 PM CDTWeather: TV: WCIU, DirecTV 744 Radio: WGN, XM 186
Carlos Zambrano, RHP
1-2, 3.88 ERA, 48 2/3 IP
54 K, 33 BB, 6 HR
233/359/439, .300 BABIP
Nationals vs. Zambrano:
Daryle Ward: 6-25, 240/269/280, 3 K
Royce Clayton: 3-16, 188/188/313, 5 K
Cubs vs. Hernandez:
John Mabry: 12-21, 571/591/952, 2 HR, 2 K
Aramis Ramirez: 6-19, 316/316/737, 2 HR, 4 K
Henry Blanco: 5-15, 333/412/400, 2 BB, 2 K
Neifi Perez: 8-30, 267/290/300, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Pierre: 18-68, 265/296/294, 2 BB, 6 K
For the last few years, I've wondered if Carlos Zambrano might be a sort of Livan Hernandez 2.0 -- a big, beefy righty capable of putting up 200-inning seasons over and over without succumbing to injury. Up until this season, the comparison would have been a compliment. This year, though, Livo has struggled mightily. He's still a horse, averaging 104 pitches and more than six innings per start, but batters are hitting over .300 against him, something they've never done to him in his career.
That number should come down into the .275 range, but it might not happen this year, and I'm actually optimistic it won't start heading down tonight. The current Cubs roster has hit him well, with John Mabry and Aramis Ramirez leading the way. Meanwhile, Zambrano has handled the current Nats, allowing no home runs and giving out only three walks, two to Jose Guillen (who's hurt) and one to pitcher Brian Lawrence.
I don't know why I'm optimistic about tonight's game -- maybe it's because I've been travelling over the last three weeks and haven't actually witnessed much of the current skid -- but I am. Whatever it takes, I guess.
I wanna say traded for Doug "Dirty" Deeds? Oh, nope--just looked it up, trade Jan. 5 2008 for OF Corey Coles and RHP Ryan Myers. Rotoworld had this blurb for the transaction: Pagan returns to his original organization two years after the Mets gave him up. In 318 at-bats in the majors the last two seasons, the switch-hitter batted .255/.306/.415, which is actually a superior to his career minor league line. If he kept that up, his defense would make him a fair option as a fifth outfielder.
Crunch, I love seeing you here buddy, and I appreciate your commentary on Cubs issues and otherwise -- but I'm happy to let Silent Towel flap in the breeze on whatever other site he is trolling on. I tired of him quickly.
I didn't think much of him at all by that point, which shows how much I know. I thought outfielders were supposed to be like Eric Davis, Dale Murphy, Andy Van Slyke, maybe a little Gorge Foster-ish. Clemente Dawson Rice - I thought he was lucky and lacking superman skills.