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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    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

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  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

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    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible