Marshall is the Man; Koskie Victimized by TCR Curse

Paul Sullivan reports in the Tribune that Sean Marshall has been officially anointed the Cubs' 5th starter.

Says Manager Lou:

"Marshall is going to be the fifth starter, and [Aaron] Heilman is going to pitch in that seventh-eighth inning role."

Less positive news on Corey Koskie, subject of our earlier post. Koskie came out of today's win over the Mariners in the third inning.

"I think when he dove for [a grounder] it caused him some problems,"
Piniella said. "He mentioned he wasn't feeling well, so we just took
him out."

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Cubnut, I expect you to personally be sending Koskie a check while he's unable to get a contract. Jackass...

Already sent. I couldn't be more ashamed of myself.

Can you do a story about Miles?

solid...

Screw that, what about Joey Gathright?

he's gonna miss time when he finally decides to get his root canal.

piece on Koyie Hill by Muskat. The decision to keep Bako (or not) is coming soon, possibly tomorrow as AZ Phil has previously said March 20th was the date where Bako will cost the team $$ if he's not released.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

(no mention that KHill adds 5 mph to each pitcher's fastball)

in case anyone wants to see a closeup's on Koyie's gnarly hand...

here's a picture:

http://www.realclearsports.com/blog/95871.jpg

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this was from 2/24 by AZ Phil:

It also appears that Paul Bako and Koyie Hill will be engaged in a fight to the death for the back-up catcher gig. Or at least there should be a spirited competition for the job, until the Cubs are faced with Bako's contract becoming guaranteed if he doesn't get released (probably around March 20th). Both Bako and Hill are in good physical shape, and either of the two could win the job.

http://thecubreporter.com/2009/02/24/cubs-head-north

Gordon Edes on K.Hill...adding to the love-fest...both good articles, imo.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AoOmI6teU5BH...

Not a good article for those of us with a weak stomach for gross stuff.

Only a couple weeks until Cubs baseball...and before then we get a teaser with the Cubs playing the Yanks pre-season at the new Yankee Stadium.

I am so f'n ready.

Since TCR apparently has "curse power" now, could we curse our division rivals?

Scott Eyre is broke.

Yeah, and I think Chad might be gay...

Anyone else notice that Fukudome didn't even play last night for Japan? His OBP is still great - .435 - but that's due to 6 walks, he's only had 4 singles in 17 at-bats so far.

A .435 OBP in the 2009 WBC is nothing great.

http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/stats/index.js...

Thanks for the link to the stats page, where do you think I found the .435?

Most of those guys on the list don't have shit for ABs. On Japan, Iwamura at .444 is the only one on the team with more at-bats and a higher OBP. Only Dunn has a higher OBP on team USA. For the most part, the only guys ahead of Fukudome with a comparable number of at-bats are guys like Delgado, Pudge, Beltran, Dunn, etc. So he is still doing very well OBP-wise, but my main point was that despite that he hasn't hit worth shit and it appears he as benched.

possibly benched due to a left-handed starter for korea?

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    Rob Richardson 3 min 23 sec ago view
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    Old and Blue 25 min 45 sec ago view
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    John Beasley 2 hours 14 min ago view
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    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 3 hours 36 min ago view
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    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 4 hours 23 min ago view
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    Hagsag 8 hours 18 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 13 hours 27 min ago view
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    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 13 hours 41 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 18 hours 33 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 18 hours 58 min ago view
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    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 19 hours 24 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 51 min ago view
  • I love this team.

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    Rob Richardson 21 hours 19 min ago view
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    billybucks 21 hours 28 min ago view
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    Eric S 22 hours 54 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 23 hours 21 min ago view