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.

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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.
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"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."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/09/sports/baseball/...

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

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123630159510147111...

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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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 16 min 46 sec ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 51 min 16 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • QuietMan 3 hours 7 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 2 sec ago view