Gameday Thread

The Giants visit the Cubs in Mesa Wednesday afternoon (3:05 Central). Ryan Dempster and A-Ram are expected to be in the starting lineup. The game can be heard via mlb.com Webcast.

Here's your Cactus League Attendance Trivia for Wednesday:

The two highest-drawing Cactus League games ever have been played in the last three weeks. The top draw was yesterday's Cubs/Dodgers game at Camelback Ranch (13,046). Now in second place is a February 28th game which drew 13,010. It was also played at Camelback, this one hosted by the White Sox...also against your Chicago Cubs.

There seems to be a pattern here.

Game Chat | CBS Sportsline Preview

SP Jason Marquis SP Brad Penny
  3-3, 5.02, 34/27 K/BB in 61 IP
5-7, 5.45, 42/13 K/BB in 76 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano LF *Juan Pierre
2B Mark DeRosa RF *Andre Ethier
1B Derrek Lee 2B Jeff Kent
3B Aramis Ramirez C Russel Martin
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *James Loney
C Geovany Soto CF Matt Kemp
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B *Blake DeWitt
SS Ronny Cedeno SS Angel Berroa
P  *Jason Marquis P  Derek Lowe

 

The Cubs are the only team in baseball this season that has not lost more than two games in a row. Both of yesterday's starting SS get the night off. Can't say I'm too surprised Theriot gets the rest. Game is on ESPN, and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and Homeland Security had all asked LouPa to bench Theriot, so as to avoid dangerous levels of exposure to Joe Morgan's patented Grit Pontifications.

Game Chat | CBS Sportsline Preview

SP Carlos Zambrano SP Derek Lowe
  8-1, 2.51, 57/28 K/BB in 86 IP
3-5, 4.17, 52/22 K/BB in 77.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano LF *Juan Pierre
SS Ryan Theriot RF *Andre Ethier
1B Derrek Lee 2B Jeff Kent
3B Aramis Ramirez C Russel Martin
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *James Loney
C Geovany Soto CF Matt Kemp
2B *Mike Fontenot 3B *Blake DeWitt
CF Reed Johnson SS Chin-Lung Hu
P #Carlos Zambrano P

Derek Lowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a pitching rematch of the May 28th game in Wrigley, which the Cubs won 2-1 in 10 innings. May we see more of the same, today. The game is on FOX.

Game Chat | Press Pass | BR Preview

SP John Maine SP Carlos Zambrano
  1-1, 3.78, 10 K, 12 BB
2-1, 3.04, 23 K, 3 BB
       
SS #Jose Reyes CF Reed Johnson
2B #Luis Castillo 2B *Mike Fontenot
3B David Wright 1B Derrek Lee
CF #Carlos Beltran 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B *Carlos Delgado RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ryan Church LF Mark DeRosa
C #Raul Casanova C Geovany Soto
LF *Endy Chavez SS Ronny Cedeno
P
John Maine P #Carlos Zambrano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first-place Chicago Cubs--has a nice ring to it, don't you think?--are coming off a weekend drubbing of the Pirates, two games in which they scored 26 runs, amassed 30 hits, and still required seven innings of duty from their busy bullpen.

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