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. <div> But there's officially 42 in camp right now. </div>

The NRI's still in camp are: <div> <br class="khtml-block-placeholder" /> </div> <div> POSITION PLAYERS Andres Blanco Alex Cintron Micah Hoffpauir Casey McGehee Josh Kroeger Koyie Hill PITCHERS Chad Fox Les Walrond Everyone on the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=chc">40-man roster</a> is still in camp EXCEPT: Jake Fox Jeff Samardzija Adam Harben Juan Mateo Billy Petrick</div>

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 <i>1967-1970</i>.

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=3286944&searchName=stark_jayson&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d3286944%26searchName%3dstark_jayson 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?

<span style="border-collapse: collapse; color: #292929" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-style: italic" class="Apple-style-span">People who get hurt are lacking in the heart department?</span></span> <div> <br class="khtml-block-placeholder" /> </div> <div> <span style="border-collapse: collapse; color: #292929" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-style: italic" class="Apple-style-span"></span></span>Duh, they have vaginas too...so I've been told. <div> <br class="khtml-block-placeholder" /> </div> <div> <br class="khtml-block-placeholder" /> </div> </div>

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.
  • Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
  • Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
  • JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
  • Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
  • Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
  • No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
  • solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
  • Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
  • un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
  • DAT TIE THO.
  • Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
  • Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
  • 5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
  • <p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers.&nbsp;</p>
  • Tony Four Sacks # 27