Gameday Open Thread/ A's @ Cubs

The Cubs announced their second round of roster cuts, trimming the roster by seven. Pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Ed Campusano, Juan Mateo were sent to the minors and Shingo Takatsu was released. Jake Fox, Luis Figueroa and JD Closser were the position players sent to minor league camp. 


Today at HoHoKam, Carlos Zambrano takes the mound versus the Athetics, who will send out lefty Greg Smith to start.

Comments

I wonder if Greg Smith's real first name is Gaylord?

Nope, but his middle name is Cesar.

Shingo - no more?

Is there some way to find or get a list of who is all currently at the big league camp right now (i.e. who's all eligible to play in the spring training games), after the cuts made?

anyone can still play, they often grab players from minor league camp when needed.

But there's officially 42 in camp right now.

The NRI's still in camp are:

POSITION PLAYERS
Andres Blanco
Alex Cintron
Micah Hoffpauir
Casey McGehee
Josh Kroeger
Koyie Hill

PITCHERS
Chad Fox
Les Walrond

Everyone on the 40-man roster is still in camp EXCEPT:

Jake Fox
Jeff Samardzija
Adam Harben
Juan Mateo
Billy Petrick

How have they not cut Walrond yet...

Off topic a bit but has anyone referenced an Eggman/Walrond joke yet?

Coo coo coo choo?

Chad -- it's "Goo goo ga joob" -- per the lyrics printed on the inner sleeve of the Beatles LP 1967-1970.

ok, but can i claim the first eggman/walrond joke?

I hate being so very 3/44.

Fine by me. I don't recall any others. Stake your claim.

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID...

says Giants are shopping just about everybody including Rajai Davis and Randy Winn.

Looks like we're starting all of our regulars for the first time this spring. Except our CF with the nutsack problem, of course.

Soriano 7
Theriot 6
F-Bomb 9
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
DeRosa 4
Soto 2
Fuld 8
Z 1

Soriano makes bad defensive play diving for ball (according to A's announcer), but recovers by throwing out the A's runner going for a triple. Then Fuld makes an amazing diving catch in left center (according to A's announcer). 2 good...1 bad, i guess we will take it.

Soriano thrown out trying to steal...we should trade him.

I'm gonna hang out in parachat with the MLB.com radio broadcast...

K-Fuk K's...send him back to Japan...BOOO!!! :)

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=792

They've figured out how to measure "heart".

Cubs 2nd most heartless team over the last 5 years.

Bullshit!

People who get hurt are lacking in the heart department?

People who get hurt are lacking in the heart department?


Duh, they have vaginas too...so I've been told.



But we find that the play Damn Yankees was wrong.

The teams at the top of the heart-o-matic chart didn't go to the playoffs (angels excluded) and for the most part, sucked. White Sox, Marlins, Cardinals.

But the teams at the top of the lack-of-heart-o-matic went to the playoffs and one even won the World Series.

So i guess the play Damn Yankees was wrong when the told us that "You gotta have heart!"

They lied to us...in song!

that's weird.

april 1st is 3 and 1/2 weeks away.

Ah, I see. Kerry Wood...that pussy. So heartless.

I bet folks who chose him over Marmol or Wood for their fantasy teams are pretty pissed right now...

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.

  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.

  • I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.