Gameday Open Thread/Rangers @ Cubs

The Rangers travel to Mesa and Sean Marshall has another audition for the 5th starter spot.  Milton Bradley is playing right field as well and batting fourth. Matt Harrison goes for the Rangers.

Please take a moment today or tomorrow to vote on the best Cubs Season Ever.


Nice lineup construction for the Dominican by Felipe Alou today.

With all the exceptional big league talent on that roster - your 3rd place hitter is none other than career 264/364/445 Fernando Tatis.

according to mlb at-bat lite

Sean Marshall pitched 4 strong innings with no runs, 2 hits

Vizcaino in the 5th...

2-0 Cubs, single runs in the 2nd and 3rd.

Sean Marshall really wants that 5th starter job...

4 IP, 3 K, 2 H, 0 BB...

your move Aaron Heilman.

saw this in rotoworld...

Skip Schumaker made his second and third errors at second base while playing five innings in Sunday's game. He nearly got Albert Pujols hurt in a collision at first base by making a bad relay throw on a double-play ball.

the real Looey Vizcaino is in there pitching today...bases loaded, 2 outs, single, tie game.

Stanton loogys looey out of the inning, 2-2 end 5th.

Jose Ascanio strikes out the side in the 6th!

ARo-d now having surgery on monday in Vail, CO (Madonna likes the shopping in Vail?)...apparently the are giving him the short term fix and he'll get a more extensive procedure after the season.
"The procedure will correct a torn labrum and will address some of the underlying bone irregularity in the hip, Dr. Marc Philippon said in a conference call, but Rodriguez will probably need more extensive surgery after the season."

Cotts in the 7th, gives up a single but strikes out the side.

Bad Chad Fox in the 8th...walks 2, rbi single to Byrd. 3-2 Rangers

Dominican team seems angry about yesterday's loss. 6-0 over PANAMA! (sung like the Van Halen song) in the 6th.

8th inning two out rally, Hoffpauir singles, Fox walks on a 3-2 pitch...

Rivas (Koskie would look pretty good right about here), 3 outs.

Kind of difficult to juxtapose D Lee '05, in which we watched intimately, with Mordecai Brown in 1906.

"We are going to close comments on the poll and ask that you wait until
Tuesday when we'll have a full post up on this to discuss."

It looks like we have a young crowd voting on the best season of all time. All the top votes are seasons within the last 10 years. I would also like to vote to remove Mark Prior form the list for being a big pussy. All in favor, reply with an "aye"

Aye...Mark Roastbeefcurtains Prior

I'll be very curious to see if the new NYC ballparks are sold out much this year.

Parachat for USA/Venezuela?

DeRosa with a 2-run triple gives USA the lead...

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • 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.