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.


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

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...

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 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:

(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 (

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.


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..

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.

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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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.