Ask and you shall receive. I'm posting this thread early, you can all hash everything out till gametime, then if this one gets too busy, there'll be a "first pitch" thread.
Here's something that ought to get you going, from John Perrotto's column at Baseball Prospectus (may be $, not sure):
NL Rumors and Rumblings: There is growing sentiment among baseball people that the Cubs might be relaying the catcher’s signs from the hand-operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field to the hitters. The Cubs are averaging 6.5 runs a game at home and 4.4 on the road.Jealousy's not pretty, is it? There's no one stealing signs. Nobody's in that board except the ground crew workers up there. Say, did it ever occur to "baseball people" that maybe, just maybe, the Cubs have put together a team well-suited to its home park? (And there are quite a few other teams playing well at home this year. Are they stealing signs too? How ridiculous.)
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Ted Lilly||7-5||16||16||0||0||0||0||91.2||89||51||48||16||34||91||4.71||1.34|
|2008 - Brian Burres||6-5||15||14||0||0||0||0||80.2||96||49||47||12||27||39||5.24||1.52|
I confess I know almost nothing about Brian Burres; he was originally drafted by the Giants and acquired via waivers by Baltimore two years ago. He's been a back-of-the-rotation guy for them since then. He has never faced the Cubs.
Ted Lilly has faced Baltimore many times, of course, playing in the AL East; the last time he faced them was two years ago. In 12 career starts he's 6-2, 4.24 vs. the Orioles. Kevin Millar, Jay Payton and Ramon Hernandez have all hit him pretty hard.
Today's game is on CSN and MASN; it should be on EI and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)
OK, let's try this today: first pitch thread at 7:00 pm CT; first overflow thread at 8:15 pm CT; second overflow thread at 9:15 pm CT. We'll see how that goes.
Discuss amongst yourselves.