Gameday Open Thread / Mariners @ Cubs

Fun game if you're watching today's game, see who's napping at the game or didn't even bother to show up from too much partying in Vegas. Marquis vs. Horacio Ramirez and then down with the NL starting on Monday.

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Our opening day opponent, Cincinnati, is playing the Marlins today and the guy they were going to make their closer, Dustin Hermannson came into a 1-run game and gave up a 2B 2B 2B 1B BB 3 runs scored, nobody out Trip to the mound FC 1B Trip to the mound/ he's outathere!

Well this ought to be interesting.... Good luck Daryle. Soriano DH Theriot 4 Lee 3 Ramirez 5 Murton 7 Cedeno 6 Ward 9 Blanco 2 Chris Walker 8

Oh, and for them if you care... Ichiro 8 Beltre 5 Vidro DH Ibanez 7 Sexson 3 Broussard 9 Johjima 2 Betancourt 6 Jose Lopez 4

thanks cwtp, you made me feel that much better about me missing out on him in my fantasty league. :)

Who is the one individual on the 2007 Cubs that most concerns you? For me, it's Ryan Dempster. Maybe he won't have 9 losses, 9 blown saves and a 5 ERA again, but I don't necessarily think last year was a fluke. If he fails early, I'd hate to see relievers get taken out of their role or a mix-and-match 9th inning situation. I like Rocky Cherry but don't see the Cubs calling him up to close. I think a lot of this team's success depends on Dempster and that worries me.

Not sure oif this has been posted, but I just got my newest issue of Baseball America here at the ballpark and they have their 2007 minor league organizational rankings just released. According to BA, the Cubs continue their slide in minor league talent and are now in the bottom half of MLB at a 18 ranking. Their previous rankings: 2002 - 1 2003 - 3 2004 - 7 2005 -10 2006 - 15 2007 - 18 The only good news is that only CINC and MIL are ahead of us. BA did an analysis of how well each organization has done since 1995 getting players to the bigs. The Cubs ranked 4th worst in getting hitters to MLB and racking up PA's, but was #1 in getting pitchers up to big and getting innings. I don't think those stats will be any surprise to any Cubs fans.

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This is funny, I am flipping through the channels and what movie is on? "Little Big League" And of course its the big game at the end. Who is managing the Mariners? LouPa. And the Unit comes in in relief in a one game playoff. Did this movie predict 95 or what?

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And Timothy Busfield looks like Matt Murton. Or vice versa.

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Stop the predictions! The facts are in. The person who blew the most in the Vegas casinos and "gentelemen's clubs"...... Pat Hughes!! Congrats, Pat, on a job well done.

Those of you who watched the Bulls lose in O.T.: Ben Gordon is no LeBraun James He's a nice little player - but still ain't "The Man". I like their energy of the team (note use of "their"), but they still need a player. One and done in the playoffs, imo.

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on to Cincy...

"Those of you who watched the Bulls lose in O.T.: Ben Gordon is no LeBraun James" And LeBraun James is no LeBron James. Not for nothing.

"didn’t even bother to show up from too much partying in Vegas." I would be interested in hearing the rationale how skipping a pre-season game would be worse than skipping the majority of the last game of the season, after your team has been eliminated. LeBron James is no LeBron James. Wake me up when he drops 63 on the champions to be, or makes the finals.

No walks, 10 K's for the Cubs staff in the ST finale, can't complain about that. Rapada finally woke up, hopefully he'll be dominate enough in AAA so that we can release Cotts or trade him for an A baller shortly.

Hooray for the Cards trading Weaver to the M's!

actually Jeff Weaver wasn't traded. He just wasn't re-signed (by StL) as a free agent, in fact, he was one of the last free agent pitchers signed this offseason (until injuries lead the Orioles to sign Traschel)

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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 29 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 46 min ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 8 min ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 27 min ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 1 sec ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?

     

  • Cubster 15 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.
    https://www.marqueesportsnetwork.com/cubs-welcome-back-nico-hoerner-and-...

     

  • crunch 15 hours 43 min ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs

     

  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on MLB.tv. I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.

     

  • Jackstraw 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.

     

  • George Altman 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip