Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Dodgers

The Cubs travel to Glendale to play the Dodgers, Carlos Zambrano gets his fourth start of the spring.  Randy Wolf goes for the Dodgers.

The batting order from Muskat:

LF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Miles, CF Reed Johnson,
1B Derrek Lee, RF So Taguchi, 3B Koskie, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres
Blanco, P Carlos Zambrano.

Comments

gosh, that lineup...

SUCKS.

How do you keep Luis Rivas and Paul Bako out of that lineup?

Lee a late scratch with a sore quad, Jake Fox at 1b instead. Reed tripled in the first but stranded.

Z with a 3-run homer off Wolf...awesome.

4-0 in the second...

Z doobles...4th RBI, 7-1 Cubs in the 4th...

should the Cubs have just spent the money to work on teaching Z to play right field this offseason instead of signing Bradley?

If Z played for an American League team, how many days a week would he typically DH?

Turns out we had a LHPH off the bench the whole time...and Z seems crazy enough to do it.

K. Hill 3/3 with a home run as well

9-1 Cubs

4/4 for Hill, 3 Runs, 2 RBI's, 1 HR...

Dude wants a MAJOR LEAGUE job.

If he doesn't get it, he'll give us the finger.

Spare yourself the effort Crunch, I'll handle it myself: Epic Fail.

they finally get Hill out, goes 4/5...

Andres Blanco 2/3 batting .313 so far, did make an error though

German with 2 bb's and 2 runs scored...

Z did give up 3 ER in 5 IP, 1 K, 2 BB

If Z was a hockey player, he'd get a +1 today.

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  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 7 hours 9 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 7 hours 33 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 8 hours 27 sec ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 8 hours 17 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY:  Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues,  so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 23 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 10 hours 46 min ago view
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 41 min ago view
  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 18 hours 43 min ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 20 hours 21 min ago view