Gameday Open Thread / Cubs @ Mariners

Ryan Dempster's final tune-up before he's unleashed on the National League. The Mariners send out Jarrod Washburn which should give us an idea on the type of lineup the Cubs will send out versus lefties.


Johnson leading off, Fuku batting 2nd, Soto DHing and Blanco catching. Cedeno batting 9th and playing SS.

 and Johnson hits a leadoff home run...

It doesn't appear a deal is imminent.

put up the Chicago weather in the lower left... supposed to warm up to the mid 50's by Monday, but 80% chance of thunderstorms.

What was the final score?

4-2 cubs... 2 murton singles... r.johnson homer...soto 0/4 (.194)...dumpster 4ip 6h 0bb 4k, 1er (70 pitches)

Quality viewing... Taking one for the team featuring Carlos Zambrano.

Awesome. djchi just made my night, which is sad, but still - great videos.

so does today's final spring exhibition game mean Marshall starts at Iowa and Tiggy is the bullpen lefty? On the pregame radio LouPa said the decision would be made Sunday evening...that means Pignatello and Marshall (and Murton) fly with the team to Chicago. There is a closed practice tomorrow at Wrigley Field. Weather forecast for the week from Tommy Skillethead (Tribune):

Dempster actually looked good in this game. Well actually I guess he's been decent all spring training. Maybe I'm underestamating what he can do this year. I just wonder if he will be tired or an injury risk as the season goes on. He obviously hasn't been a regular starter since 03. I hope the weather holds out for Monday, and everyone is on the edge of their seat for the Murton situation to work itself out, they probably have to wait on that to find out about Marshall/Piggy.

His nickname really is Tiggy Jeff. And I agree with you. Dempster looked competent out there today.

my guess is that niether tiggy or marshall will make it murton will be traded for a lefty who will make 25 man why else would lou say sunday nite he is waiting hoping hendry makes a move with murton.

Ok I stand corrected..'Tiggy' it is :)

he'll always be piggy to me...

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  • JustSayin' 3 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports.  The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers.  The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits.  If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt.  At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.


  • crunch 4 hours 49 min ago (view)

    rizzo took BP and did some field work today.  also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.


  • Cubster 12 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms


  • crunch 1 day 41 min ago (view)

    the COVID-Division should be fun.

    teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other...  CO is all "wtf, really?"


  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    ...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts. 

    Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?


  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.


  • Cubster 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S 


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.


  • Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.