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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  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

    WebAdmin 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

    JoePepitone 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 9 hours 50 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 11 hours 2 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 11 hours 40 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 13 hours 21 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 13 hours 21 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 13 hours 29 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 13 hours 45 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 13 hours 53 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 14 hours 29 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 35 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 16 hours 57 min ago view