* Zac Rosscup
* Chris Rusin
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* George Kottaras
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
* Brett Jackson
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
SPRING TRAINING NRI (28):
* Tommy Hottovy
* Eric Jokisch
* Jonathan Sanchez
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
* Mitch Maier
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.
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CUBNUT: Willson Contreras was MIA today. I expected to see him working with the Tennessee squad, since he is likely ticketed for Daytona, and because the Tennessee squad presently has only three catchers (the other squads have 4-5 catchers each).
JD was rather awesome with the astros...but he knew the team rather well and that helped a lot in his banter.
it really seems like he came on board with the cubs without doing a lot of homework. i hope it gets better as he spends more time around the team (and i hope he's getting exposure to the kids in spring training). bob not only came on board having done his homework, he dove head-first into getting to know what's going on in the minors (beyond what his kid was doing) as well as the major league team.
Agreed. I think JD might be a bust, but gotta give him a couple more years I guess. I remember being skeptical of Brenly early on too. But JD and Kasper were two ships passing in the night as far as chemistry last year ... I hope they learn each other's sense of humor because so far it's just been awkward.
And if you only had one guy like that in your lineup, you can get away with it. For several years now we've had a lineup chock full of free swingers and the results are dozens of 5-10 pitch innings from opposing pitchers. If you don't have the other 90% of your lineup working the count, you will never realize the benefit of a free swinger.