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

    Eric S 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

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

    crunch 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 1 hour 26 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 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 28 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 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 38 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 5 hours 42 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 7 hours 37 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 7 hours 50 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 8 hours 21 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 8 hours 36 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 12 hours 30 min ago view