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.

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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...

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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 47 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 48 min 1 sec ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 13 hours 27 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 13 hours 39 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 13 hours 48 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 13 hours 53 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 14 hours 48 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 15 hours 5 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 15 hours 7 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 15 hours 25 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 15 hours 32 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 16 hours 28 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 16 hours 46 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 16 hours 50 min ago view