Gameday Open Thread/Dodgers @ Cubs

The Cubs return to Mesa and take on the Dodgers. Batting second and pitching for them is Randy Wolf, the Cubs send out Dempster. The lineup from Muskat:

3B Aaron Miles, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley, LF
Micah Hoffpauir, 2B Bobby Scales, C Koyie Hill, CF Joey Gathright and P
Ryan Dempster.

Rich Harden threw a 43-pitch simulated game and could start Tuesday.

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2-0 Dodgers in the bottom of the second, both runs in the top of the first...

Kemp single, SB, sacrifice by Wolf, Loney got on somehow that wasn't a walk, hit, error, HBP or dropped third strike (shrug), Walk to Dewitt, Ausmus RBI single, Mientkiewicz with an RBI out and then out of the inning...

Must have been a FC - maybe Loney hit it at someone who tried to nail Kemp at third and didn't succeed...

if I read the box score correctly, Kemp was already at third base after Wolf sacrificed him. Could have been a FC to try and tag Kemp or something and everyone was safe.

nevermind, Phil has the account of it, chopper to first and tried to get Kemp at home but he made it back to third.

Dempster gets the first hit of the day...

woo.

Hu's on second?

Hu's on first...oh wait.

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tell everyone...i know i will!

Funny, I recently heard the same thing about you!

Me, too!

The 50 year contract deferral? How much is a Juan Pierre bunt single worth? It does look like LA will pay JP and Manny about the same dollars in 2009.
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if Pierre is serious about wanting to play this year, and away from the impossible competition he faces with the Dodgers, then he must defer his salary for 50 years, and sign at the league minimum. The signing team pays him what he is worth (0.4 + 2.45 = 2.85).

http://www.insidethebook.com/ee/index.php/site/com...

how anyone gives a 1-dimentional player (his CF skills were already declining even with the legs healthy) a deal like LAD gave him still blows my mind.

2 year deal is risky enough...paying him 10+m for even one year is crazy, though...much less 4.

-separate tangent-

"By the way, the value of the Redsox increased by 100MM when Pedroia signed that contract"

that is fucking retarded. straight up slow-bus...even with the weak ass explanation after the statement.

Did Harden throw 43 simulated towel pitches?

Now Hu's on 3rd...wait, he's thrown out by Theriot at home...so Hu's not home and Lou's thankful (per Pat Hughes).

Koyie Hill throws out the runner at first to end the inning.

Bradley 1-2, lifted in the 4th for a pinch-runner...

early reports were that he was mauled by a lion.

scoreless innings for Berg and Vizcaino

Hoffpauir SF. He's got the most rbi's in the cactus league...so he's got that going for him, which is nice.

2-1.

mountain lion or puma in Yuma?

http://vineline.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/some_...

puff piece that Ed Campusano is the locker room joke-teller...

is it just sad or foretelling of things to come that the clubhouse there looks a lot more player-friendly and nice than the one at wrigley?

it's a nice old building, but as much as the fans hate the bathrooms...yeesh...

Stevens and Atkins competing for who will get cut first...

Well I see the linescore, but how did Demp look?

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 11 hours 16 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 11 hours 36 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 13 hours 28 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 14 hours 36 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 14 hours 40 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 14 hours 45 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 14 hours 50 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 17 hours 49 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 18 hours 2 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 18 hours 33 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 18 hours 48 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 22 hours 42 min ago view