Gameday Open Thread / White Sox @ Cubs

The Cubs return to Mesa to take on their city rivals. Ted Lilly goes for the Cubs versus Javier Vazquez.

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Godenot Soriano DLee Ramirez Fukudome DeRosa Soto Pie Lilly

jeff davanon cut...i'm a fan... his sapped power (what little he had) is suffering, though.

pat and ron are in midseason form...chuckling and confusion about anything game related...the score, who's playing, and what girls in the stands look like ladybugs...

you can't even script this crap... after talking about girls like some 14 year olds for 1/2 the inning pat proclaims it looks like vazquez will pitch the 7th inning because there's no one in the pen (nevermind it was the top 6th). they cant get the score right, the players right, and now the inning...

leaving the mic on during the radio break showing why ron's loved...signing autos on request, saying 'you're welcome' to the thanks...no speeches, no bullcrap...just being one of the faces of the cubs in a proper way. ...comes back into the booth area asking "who's pitching?" to pat... howry in top 8...and pat/ron are 1/2 assed funny playing the "attendance game" which im sure they'll talk about for the next 5-10 minutes.

4-3 wsox/cubs..bottom 6...soto lifts a high one short hopping the wall in CF. all 3 runs in the 6th. tie game via pie on a low breaker single to RF...vasquez done... -edit- wood out to start top 7th -and- is supposed to pitch tommorow...looks like he's definitely got the inside track on the closer job if he can stay healthy/not-sore. wood 1-2-3 inning, 2Ks and a popout to fuku. -edit- pie ends the bottom 8th swinging, missing for strike 3, and sending his bat flying outta his hand to the backstop on his follow through with 2 out and 2 on -edit- doh...hart gives up a 2 out opposite field homer off j.uribe (solo) in top 9th...5-4 wsox, top 9 -edit- soriano...with the infield back, men on the corners, and no outs...well, he sure isn't showing bunt on any pitch and i hope its just a "spring mentality"...he gets his sacfly at the RF warning track...tie game (cedeno from 3rd), murton holding at 1st. dlee walks moving murton to 2nd with 1 out...the hoff hits into a DP...9th over...they're gonna play into the 10th today -edit- eyre pitches the cubs out of a tie...wsox take a 6-5 lead off of an 1-out back-to-back double and single...following it up with a walk...piggy up in the pen, rothschild visiting eyre...a fan screaming "see you in iowa"...fun stuff, but he was left in only to give up an immediate ground rule double off of a kid for a 7-5 lead. a K to fields and a p.ozuna getting a WEAK infield single on a 3-2 count for a 8-5 lead. i would say it was a tough break for eyre if not for 2 balls in the ozuna AB being wild out of the zone (one in the dirt and one high)...tapping comebacker to the mound finishes off the 10th...8-5 cws/chc -edit- fukudome leadoff basehit (though it might have been an out with a better 3rd baseman) on an under-the-glove smack...epat walks on 4 straight...blanco gets a basehit after dye loses the ball in the sun (that's a possible 2 outs and a man on 1st turned into 0 outs with the bases loaded). pie gets a chance to play hero...infield ground out, force at home, 1 out cedeno gets a chance to play hero...works a 3-2 count into a walk...run forced home...8-6 cws/chc, 1 out murton gets a chance to play hero...dye loses ANOTHER ball in the sun (aka, out 3) and the cubs tie with 1 out and cedeno on 3rd/murton on 2nd. mcgeehehehehehehehe gets a chance to play hero...and he Ks for out 2 fuld gets a chance to play hero...ground out to SS...and that's the game.

according to the AP...soriano back hitting 2nd, fuku 5th... "I thought about it last night," Piniella said before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. "I think right now with the way we're situated, Fukudome offers the best protection for Ramirez." http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7943810/Lo...'-opening-lineup,-Kosuke-Fukudome-stays-in-fifth-spot

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  • tim815 24 min 51 sec ago (view)

    MLB.com rated the Cubs 22 out of 30.

    This season figures to tell quite a bit. No teams are terrible at player development anymore, and no teams look at the draft as a hopeless puzzle.

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 3 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Are these guys out of the org now? 

     

  • K Dub 8 hours 16 min ago (view)

    PHIL: Any velo readings on Ramos? Earlier reports also had him sitting 98-99. Thanks!

     

  • George Altman 14 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Phil, serious question: How good is the Cubs Player Development Department? Scale of 1 to 30 with 1 being best.  I mean, I can think of 5 teams right now who don't have near the Cubs resources but do better year after.

    I mean there are organizations across sports who seem to coach the crap out of their draft picks and signees. They just got 4 teenagers for Darvish, but do they have the coaches to get any of them to the show? 

    My pessimistic grade would be about 24.

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 31 min ago (view)

    DJL: How about Eddy Julio Martinez as a spectacular miss? A $3M signing bonus out of Cuba and he never made it out of AA. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Wow, that's a pretty spectacular miss. He was so highly thought of when he signed.

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 9 min ago (view)

    TIM: Richard Gallardo doesn't seem to be progressing as a SP, so he has apparently been moved to the bullpen.  He has a tendency to labor through innings and nibble too much and throw a lot of pitches. 

     

  • tim815 15 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Anything on Gallardo, of interest, from today?

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 25 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Ryan Kellogg, RHP Alex Moore, 3B Fidel Mejia, OF Jose Gutierrez, OF Eddy Julio Martinez, and OF Zac Taylor from Minor League Camp. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    And despite what you might read elsewhere, It was - NOT - a "hot" gun.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 57 min ago (view)

    He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.  

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Follow-up on last week's discussion of Baez's contact and plate discipline woes. Another Fangraphs article notes that he is among league leaders in combined positive change in zone swing rates (swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone) and reduction in chase rate (swinging at pitches outside the zone). See the last table: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-look-at-some-earl...

    This makes his 45% strikeout rate and 1.7% BB rate all the more strange.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 49 min ago (view)

    he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout.  nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.

     

  • bigsky33 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, are they letting you into Sloan?  Great to see your write-ups!! 

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    DUDE.  STOP.