TCR 2010 Cubs Prediction Contest

Time once again for TCR's prediction contest, 21 questions plus two tiebreakers. One person put in an entry when I posted the preliminary questions in the comments, you need to resubmit your answers.

If you can't see the form above, click on this link. The contest will close by first pitch on Monday assuming there isn't a rainout.

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Could just be me, but I had to post a comment in order to enter the contest. If my entry didn't show up, let me know.

it's just you and no, it didn't go through. Try the link instead?

still sucks...

optioned by the O's today, stupid Cubs development system

Guess it's just my browser, but the "submit" button on the form wasn't showing. So I used the link, thanks.

Did you put 11-15 for Silva's starts?

the Google doc for some reason started converting that answer to a date after the first few entries, I just want to make sure I can fix it.

11-15? Let's hope not.

I put 21-25. Gorz will be out of the rotation before Silva is my guess.

My worry to.

At least the Cubs showed a little satchel by cutting Millar over Tracy.

Unfortunately I doubt Jim Hendry wants to eat 2 years of Carlos Silva's deal. Too much egg on his face over the Bradley deal already.

Yes, 11-15. I was being optimistic that it wasn't more.

Tito -- Scroll down within the box.

D'oh! Thanks, already submitted via the link.

Does the question about Samrdzija's starts in the majors refers to his career as a Cub, or to this year? I guess this is a somewhat optimistic question...

Tough crowd.

innings pitched is the question for samardzija and of course, just for 2010

91

11

15 minutes is a bit too long for me.

82

No Colvin- or Starlin-related questions? HOW DARE YOU?!

I asked for suggestions twice...you have no one to blame but yourself.

damn liberal media.

I thought I had a good suggestion... only I can't remember what it was, so I am going to HOW DARE YOU?! too.

think you had the first ejection question which I included....

He really Fox-Newsed you there, ROB G.

CNN's take on the matter is as fol...BREAKING NEWS...ANNA NICHOLE SMITH IS DEAD. WE WILL NOW BRING YOU 72 HOURS OF NON-STOP COVERAGE.

sigh...lulz...

btw, M.Jackson's death (covered to death by ALL cable media outlets non-stop) killed the Iran/revolution US media coverage stories. we were "all" outraged by the killing of a woman who's name because a rallying cry and 100s of thousands marched the streets. then this dude who hasn't been very relevant in 15+ years got our ratings-based-media attention for almost an entire week.

lulz...

You can hardly blame cable news for that, though. Blame demand by us dumb Americans.

yeah, part of being a media critic is realizing why they do it. it's ratings driven and it has to be expected.

i expect more out of my news and luckily the internet (and raw news feeds) exist.

i can not only read an article, but i can cross-reference the "experts" giving information in articles etc etc etc...

wee...technology n stuffs.

I suggested Castro AB's. You never listen to me. I hate you. You're not my real dad.

ah, I did miss that one. You're dead to me anyway after you traded Hanley.

I'm Pablo and Hanley-less. I'm pretty much valueless.

grand slam off Jay jackson...

split-squad today vs Angels and Brewers. I can't muster the ability to care anymore about spring training.

Vs. Angels: The Cubs have just one hit through 8 innings, a single by Nady. This is the A lineup with Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Byrd, Fontenot. Zambrano gave up 4 ER in 4 IP. Samardzija, Berg, and Caridad each gave up to runs, and Russell gave up his first of the spring.

Vs. Brewers: Castro, Colvin, and Tracy all 2-4 in the game. Vitters 1-4 with a double, Hoffpauir with a 2-run double.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

until he has an 0/4 day I'm sure...

meh....

You didn't like:

"I said if we carried Colvin, and he deserves to be here, no question, that we'd have to find playing time and we will."

Followed by:

"Spring Training has taught me in the years I've been doing this not to concern myself with too much of what you see here,"

?

If I am translating this right, Lou's idea is that in Spring training you can do well, but not do bad, unless you're a pitcher Sam Fuld or Micah Hoffpauir, then you can do bad.

i just think it's a whole lot of meh...

it's hard to argue against having the cactus league's hottest hitter up, but it's also hard to argue against him going to AAA to continue to see consistent pitching.

i'm not sure about this whole regulars-rest issue since the team won't even need much rest til the middle/end of april, anyway.

It might be just me, but I cannot wait until spring training is over so we can stop speculating already.

even crunch entered this year's contest, he never plays in our childish reindeer games.

hahah.

it wasn't me...cat ran across the keyboard.

MLBTR had two posts over the past couple of days that I found interesting. The first was a list of how much each team spends on their starting rotation. I was surprised to learn that only the Yankees outspend the Cubs for starting pitching. The Blue Jays were last in all of baseball spending just over $4 million for their entire rotation.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/rotatio...

The other article included a list of free agent spending by team. For all of the hand wringing over the Cubs unwillingness to spend money this off season, they still committed to over $25 million, good for 13th out of 30 teams. The Marlins spent zero, which is outrageous to me. They receive a ton of revenue sharing money and are crying for a new stadium, but they can't spend a dime on free agency. It's a crock...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/offseas...

They gave that big contract to Johnson and kept Uggla who everyone was sure was gone, though. I encourage teams like the Marlins. The less demand for FA's the less that Hendry has to pay Marlon Byrd.

IIRC, the "league" is "encouraging the Marlins" to spend some bread. I read something about this recently.

more the MLBPA, I assume the conversation went like this

"you spend less than you make in revenue sharing, if you don't fix it we'll strike"

"okay, extensions for everyone!"

haha.

Was THAT it??

The MLBPA has led the charge and the situation is so self-evident that MLB had to also "encourage" the Marlins to sign Johnson to an extension.

Scott Boras gets a lot of heat for the things he has said about teams pocketing their revenue sharing money, but he's right. His math might be fuzzy, but he's conceptually right.

Chicago Cubs
Released: RHP Diego Encarnacion, RHP Robert Hernandez, RHP Jeff Kennard, RHP Kevin Kreier, RHP Josh Lansford, RHP Dionis Nunez, RHP Greg Reinhard, RHP Josh Whitlock, RHP Hank Williamson, 1B John Contreras, 2B Dwayne Kemp, 3B Jordan Petraitis, SS Robert Bautista, OF Kevin Soto, OF Sean Williams
Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Mike Parisi
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Marcos Mateo, LHP John Gaub, OF Jim Adduci

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects...

seems Parisi will have his spot in Triple A afterall

Reinhard was part of the Ryu trade to Tampa Bay, Williamson part of the Pie trade last year.

former Cubs Juan Mateo released by the Angels, Mark Pawelek by the Reds, Jermaine Van Buren by the Marlins

and cpat opt'd out of his contract after SEA told him he wouldn't make the roster

What would be the reasoning behind releasing Lansford? He just converted to the mound recently, didn't he?

yeah, he he supposedly throws 90-94mph... *shrug*

I also thought that we saw him with the "early reporting" minor leaguers. I am sure AZ Phil will get the scoop if he hasn't posted it above.

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  • Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

    rvimpeny 45 min 5 sec ago view
  • What Rob G said.  I can't speak for Piittsburgh, but the other end of the state has had absolute crap weather for two days. Perfect day to take it easy.

    Transmission 48 min 45 sec ago view
  • tarp came off 10 minutes ago...let's do this.

    crunch 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Even though Hammel is missing start, don't assume he'll not be on #Cubs postseason roster. Maddon says elbow problem isn't that bad

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon on #Cubs postseason rotation: "I don't want to announce anything. We haven't talked to anybody yet"

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon hopes Soler can take BP in Cincy, play in sim game Tue. "All of that should give us some kind of indication of where he's at"

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • tim federowicz has been freed to play with his AAA teammates.

    crunch 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • The lineup tonight....what the hell. Unless all the players are completely exhausted, this seems like overkill to me. They have 4 days off after Sunday.

    billybucks 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • Tommy Nance seems like quite an Indy league find

    Koyies Bansaw 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • watching heyward attempt to hit a fastball is alarming. he's doing bad things with stuff he should be nailing...weak popups, grounders, late swing fouls...

    it's going to be next to impossible to do worse than this season, but hopefully he can at least hit a fastball with authority next year.

    crunch 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • He's an incredible defender, base-runner and takes great AB's. A .265 BABIP is highly likely to improve next year. That being said, his power numbers are down too which is certainly concerning so I'd certainly hedge my bets with him next year, but it would be surprising if this is his new normal.

    Rob G. 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • I have no deep level of expertise or analysis here, but I still like Jason Heyward. I truly wish his bat was better, but I love the defense and the feel-good nature of his signing. I might be naive, but I think his offense will improve. I'm glad he's here, and I hope he doesn't make me regret saying that!

    Brick 3 hours 18 min ago view