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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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 3 min 37 sec ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 11 hours 52 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 12 hours 2 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 12 hours 9 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 12 hours 12 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 12 hours 29 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 12 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 12 hours 46 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 15 hours 37 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 18 hours 9 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 42 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 18 hours 44 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 20 hours 41 min ago view