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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  • For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.

    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

    Charlie 33 min 49 sec ago view
  • tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.

    crunch 41 min 7 sec ago view
  • I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.

    Tito 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.

    And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.

    When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.

    billybucks 3 hours 14 min ago view
  • I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.

    Tito 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.

    My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.

    Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?

    Hagsag 7 hours 24 min ago view
  • It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.

    Still impressive.

    John Beasley 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.

    He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.

    billybucks 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.

    Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.

    billybucks 14 hours 25 min ago view
  • 101 wins...most since 1910 (104).

    neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.

    crunch 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?

    billybucks 14 hours 43 min ago view
  • Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump

    jacos 14 hours 47 min ago view