Good news: they've finally updated the Fox Sports page listing market-by-market coverage for Saturday baseball.
Bad news: with the Red Sox and Yankees playing, the Cubs and Cardinals have been relegated to the status of "backup game". Here are the markets carrying the Cubs game:
Alexandria, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Bowling Green, KY; Cedar Rapids, IA; Champaign, IL; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbia, MO; Columbus, MS; Davenport, IA; Dayton, OH; Des Moines, IA; Evansville, IN; Ft. Smith, AR; Ft. Wayne, IN; Grand Rapids, MI; Green Bay, WI; Greenwood, MS; Houston, TX; Huntsville, AL; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, MS; Jackson, TN; Joplin, MO; Knoxville, TN; LaCrosse, WI; Lafayette, LA; Lake Charles, LA; Lexington, KY; Lincoln, NE; Little Rock, AR; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Marquette, MI; Memphis, TN; Meridian, MS; Milwaukee, WI; Monroe, LA; North Platte, NE; Omaha, NE; Ottumwa, IA; Paducah, KY; Peoria, IL; Quincy, IL; Rockford, IL; Shreveport, LA; Sioux City, IA; Springfield, IL; Springfield, MO; St. Louis, MO; Terre Haute, IN; Topeka, KS; Traverse City, MI; Tulsa, OK; Wausau, WI; Wichita, KS
So, basically, if you are east of Cincinnati or west of Tulsa, you're blacked out of Cubs coverage today. Here is today's MLB.com Mediacenter for other games.
Good news: the Cubs have won the only game they've played on Fox this year so far (last Saturday). Oddity: last year, the Cubs played .500 on WGN televised games, while they were far over .500 on CSN. So far this year, they're 3-2 on WGN, but 3-5 on CSN. Yes, I know this is strictly coincidental.
Update on Brian McCann's trouble with LASIK: he's headed to the DL and will likely have to have the surgery again to correct the vision problems he is having. This is exceptionally rare -- only about 1% of LASIK patients have problems this serious -- and it shouldn't stop Carlos Zambrano from having it if he still wants to. I had LASIK in 1998 and have had no problems.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2009 - Sean Marshall||0-0||3||1||0||0||0||0||6.0||7||3||3||1||3||4||4.50||1.67|
|2009 - Mitchell Boggs||0-0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.0||2||1||1||0||1||3||4.50||1.50|
25-year-old Mitchell Boggs is making his first career start against the Cubs. His only major league appearance so far this year was two innings in relief at Wrigley Field last Friday, allowing one run and striking out three.
Sean Marshall also pitched in the series last weekend at Wrigley Field, on Thursday, April 16. He left trailing 3-0; the Cubs bailed him out by tying the game, but eventually the bullpen lost it. (Some might say the bullpen is losing it all the time, but that's another story.) Marshall allowed three earned runs in five innings, including a homer to Chris Duncan. Lifetime he is 2-1, 3.67 vs. St. Louis in 34.1 innings.
Discuss amongst yourselves.