* 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
The much anticipated, season saving return of Wade Miller is tonight. Thanks for joining the club in such a timely fashion. Be sure to pitch really well so you can show off for your future employeer.
Guzman once again pitched poorly last night, falling behind in the count and then laying a meatball right down the middle of the plate to avoid the walk. Sort of the anti-Marmol, but same cruddy result. Since the Cubs are playing for nothing and Guzman probably has the most talent in the Cubs farm system, you stick with him through the rest of the year and hope he can turn a corner sooner rather than later.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FORTY-TWO IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (56-85, (Draft) 2nd, 3.5 GB) AT ATLANTA BRAVES (67-73, (WC) 6th, 7 GB)
Turner Field, 6:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind from L to R @ 7 mphTV: CSN, DirecTV 737 Radio: WGN, XM 184
Chuck James, LHP
8-3, 3.65 ERA, 88.2 IP
60 K, 34 BB, 14 HR
Wade Miller, RHP
(Guess the Year) 15-4, 3.28 ERA, 164.2 IP
144 K, 62 BB, 14 HR
There are some around here who jokingly believe that if (and let's hope it's more like when) Dusty gets fired we won't have much to talk about around here. I'm starting to believe it myself because I just can't imagine another manager out there who could say so many non-sensical things for us to debate.
Dusty's latest foray is this gem courtesy of The Daily Herald when asked about the Braves 14 year playoff run likely coming to a halt this season:
"It's more weird for me not preparing for the playoffs than the Braves. The Braves, 15 years in a row, that's a heck of a run"
As Miles points out in his article, since the Braves started racking up division titles in the early 90's, it's Braves 14 and Baker 4 in the race to the postseason.
I'll miss you Dusty, kind of like missing the crazy, drunk aunt at Thanksgiving dinner.
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JOHN B: They don't have the diatances marked on the fences at either the Minor League Camp fields or even at the main stadium (known as "Cubs Park"), but I would say the ball landed at a point about equivalent to maybe the top of a building on the north side of Waveland.
Of course, this was a coach throwing a "BP fastball," but still there is no question that Jimenez has plus-HR power. Hopefully it will translate to games.
shame vogel isn't seeing LF time rather than rock...but it's most likely because he's not capable.
if he emerges as a legit 1st base candidate he'll make for good trade bait...or maybe even force a.rizzo out in trade if rizzo continues to not have any idea how to handle a LH pitcher. i really hope rizzo figures out lefties at least enough to be respected by lefty pitchers (and the managers who sub them in when rizzo shows up at the plate).
"And I cannot fail to mention an Eloy Jimenez towering tape-measure HR that landed on the roof of the clubhouse beyond the LF fence in his final "warm-up" BP AB on Field #7. Jimenez is an absolute beast."
I'm at a point where I may want to upgrade my Dish Network TV package so I can watch Cub games this summer, but I only want to do it if it will be worth it. I'd easily just pay the MLB.TV fees so I could watch it anywhere, but the stupid f***ing blackout rules put the brakes on that idea.