Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Mariners

Rich Harden gets his first start of Cactus League play with Aaron Heilman set to pitch as well. Lineup is Miles 2b, Theriot SS, Hoffpauir 1B, Fox DH, Fontenot 3B, Johnson CF, Deeds RF,  Hill C, Taguchi LF

Ronny Cedeno will start at 2B  and Cub-for-a-minute Garrett Olson will start for the Mariners.

Comments

This lineup is flawless and brilliant. It cannot possibly fail to score less than 13 runs.

It is probably also the only lineup in MLB history to feature Reed, Micah, Koyie and So.

first video of A's uber-prospect Michael Ynoa

http://baybridgebaseball.com/2009/03/the-ynoa-video/

apparently this is a big deal...

Well, he's definitely right-handed.

WAIT! - IS this the patented L-R-L-R-L-R lineup? How could we possibly fail???

If this economy continues its path, I will be joining Scott Eyre.

Harden gets through the first... 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Probably been covered already, but this lineup blows.

through 2...another hit but he gets a K as well

2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB

Garrett Olson enjoying the scrubs lineup...

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/310_cla...

Muskat just randomly throws this line in:
Piniella said Fukudome will likely bat second in the Cubs' lineup behind Alfonso Soriano. Other options there are Aaron Miles, Ryan Theriot and Reed Johnson.

Somehow Fontenot is not a good option to bat second? (shrug)

another muskat blog says he'll decide by the end of the week on Opening Day Starter between Z and Dempster

What do these four hitters have in common?

Decent hitters, bat control, some speed, no pop. Move the runner over, etc.

Fontenot's more of a run producer, not a #2. Lou has ideas about hitting slots that may not be the same as yours or mine.

When these guys play--an important qualifier--they're candidates for #2.

Her Cubs.com article also mentions Fonte, might just have forgotten on the blog.

Dempster in...

offensive explosion in the 4th...

doobles by God and Deeds, 5 runs total off Olsen and Batista

I read somewhere that Miguel Bautista was the favorite to close for Seattle.

I laughed.

...chipping away at those 13 runs you promised...

Posted without comment:

http://www.assburger.org/digicam/pwn3d/images/08a_...

(safe for work)

intel inside, yo.

Kerry Wood, 1 IP, 1 K, 0 H

go kw and tribe go...

cubs version of 30 in 30 on right now (mlb.tv)

8-0 Cubs, Fuld dooble in there

Heilman with an inning so far and 2 more K's.

3 IP, 5 K, 2 H, 1 ER for Heilman...nice.

To ROB G:

Dear Rob G.:

I am really appreciative of you and the other contributors making this a great place for suffering, generally pessimistic (and broke) Cub fans. However, I am wondering if it would be possible to re-assess the Mobile version for k-weight and to try and streamline download times?

I am using a 3G iPhone, and I have noticed on both WiFi networks (even T1) and 3G with excellent signals, the download speeds are really, really, slow, sometimes not loading a page for :30 to 1:00 or more. It is aggravating as I can't wait to see if Scott Eyre is out of hock, or the latest AZ PHIL awesome post. Yes, its great that you have (I would think) a little revenue coming in and nice banners on the main site, but on a mobile platform, user satisfaction is key. Would it be a chore to maybe have a link for a "streamlined mobile version", that has less gifs, flash, etc., on it?

Thanks for listening.

One of the many TCR fans,

The E-Man

Yeah, what he said. About 75% of the time, my 3G iPhone crashes when using this site now.

bookmark this instead, comments aren't threaded, but it has the basics..

http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi/

as for a stripped down, dedicated mobile site, I'd love to do it, but you're talking a $500-$1000 investment for maybe 30-100 hits a day and I would guess no more than 10 users. That's a bit steep for us.

We are planning some improvements to the main site and the software upgrade may speed things up a bit for your phones.

I also recommend using Opera Mini as your mobile web browser.

http://www.opera.com/mini/

hope that helps...

For the iPhone? Hmmm...unless things have changed:

"From The New York Times BITS blog,

Mr. von Tetzchner said that Opera’s engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won’t let the company release it because it competes with Apple’s own Safari browser."

Yay for Apple! Competitivity! They're nothing like Microsoft!

well I can't control Apple's attempt at a monopoly (and shit, how is that any different than what Microsoft went through with Explorer?)

but the mobile link I gave you should work, at least you get the stories and comments.

I would come to apple's defense if they didn't make a living for so long selling their hardware at prices as if it was all made of diamond studded titanium. it's just so hard to...

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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 17 hours 18 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 17 hours 23 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 17 hours 46 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 18 hours 11 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 18 hours 51 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 20 hours 20 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 20 hours 25 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 21 hours 9 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 4 hours ago view