Game 1 Thread/Cubs @ Braves

And we do it again. Here are the lineups for Opening Day 2010. Parachat is up and running as it will throughout every game of the season(you can access it via the menu bar above). You do have to register and it is a different registration than your TCR account.

Cubs Braves
Theriot SS #Cabrera LF
*Fukudome RF Prado 2B
Lee 1b # C. Jones 3B
Ramirez 3B *McCann C
Byrd CF Glaus 3B
Soriano LF Escobar SS
*Fontenot 2B *Heyward RF
Soto C *McLouth CF
#Zambrano P Lowe P

Zambrano (2009):

9-7, 3.77 ERA, 169.1 IP, 78 BB, 152 K, 10 HR

@ Turner Field (Career): 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 3 GS, 18 IP

Danger Will Robinson! McCann 7/12 (1.250 OPS), Glaus 3/10 with 2 HR's (1.350 OPS).

Pwnage! McLouth 5/24 (.708 OPS)

 


Lowe (2009):

15-10, 4.67 ERA, 194.2 IP, 111 K, 63 BB, 16 HR

against Cubs (Career):  2-1, 3.19 ERA, 9 GS, 59.2 IP

Danger Will Robinson! Lee 12/30 (.988 OPS but just 2 XBH's)

Pwnage! Soriano 14/56 (.710 OPS with 3 HR's), C. Tracy 6/30 (.542 OPS), Ramirez 2/13 (.497 OPS), Theriot 2/12 (.481 OPS)

 


This is Zambrano's 6th straight Opening Day start. Let's take a stroll through memory lane.

2005 @ Arizona: Cubs win 16-6, Z can't get through 5 innings after hitting 106 pitches finishing with 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 K, 4 BB

2006 @ Cincinnati: Cubs win 16-7, Z can't get through 5 innings after hitting 105 pitches finishing with 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K

2007 @ Cincinnati: Cubs lose 5-1, Z makes it through 5 innings on 92 pitches and gets the loss. 5 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

2008 vs. Milwaukee: Cubs lose 4-3 in extra innings but Z pitches a shutout through 6.2 IP before being lifted at 85 pitches. 6.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 0 ER.

2009 @ Houston: Cubs win 4-2 and Z beats Roy Oswalt on 97 pitches and 6 innings. 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.

Thanks to Tim at Cubby-Blue for the animated gif.

Comments

Are game threads back?!

Can't see the animated gif in IE, btw.

(edit) now it's working

Remember when Soriano hit 3 home runs in one day @ Atlanta? That was Atlanta, right? Awesome.

He also tried to lazily stretch a single into a double (or a double in to a stand up, trot in double).

Then he got beaned the next day.

I see the gif now. Derryl Cousins ought to make Z crazy enough today.

NEWS FLASH:
Albert Pujols is good.

F the Cardinals!!!

Yo, Manny!!

Yo yo Jacos. Another year man! Are you ready for some BASEBALL?!?!?!

We're going to lose because...

This

Lineup

Sucks!

There, that ought to do it...

Not likely going to be the lineup that is going to hold this team back this year, the starting staff and unproven bullpen take the cake this year.

No negativity until week 2 or 3. By then there should be a significant injury to scapegoat.

But in all seriousness, I don't care for the Cub's and Cub fan's unhealthy obsession with batting average. It doesn't really matter if the guy can actually PLAY baseball in cubbieland, as long as he hits 300, sign him up. If the Cubs are done in at some point this year, I'll blame that.

I blame Michael Barrett

TOR working on a no-no in Texas...

In the bottom of the 7th...

cue basehit .......now

Of course, Vlad breaks it the very next hitter after I post it. Ahhh, gotta love baseball superstitions.

So in my area reds vs cards are blacked out,that is until cubs braves are suppose to start then what do i get the end of the reds game.

f off espn

Rudy Jaramillo is awesome!

Boo... Greg Maddux sucks...

Byrd is the greatest off season pickup in Cubs history!! Woo!!!

Dear Big Z, Please remember how to make outs.

Ryan

When does Atlanta batting practice end? I thought the game was meant to start already, but somebody forgot to tell Carlos.

Well, that was fun for a half inning.

Damn Z, you are such a buzz-kill.

OUCH! Heyward goes yard, down 6-3 and Z has gotten only one guy out.

Is this still Spring Training?

Well ...

No expectations for this year and its only one game but....

Man, Carlos Zambrano is really no better then an average #2 starter on a good team. Hard to blame him given the level of use over the years but really he's a shadow of the pitcher we saw in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

i do not like him sam-i-am, i do not like big carlos zam...

man on first, McLouth all-out dive, drops ball when he hits the ground, and no one sees it except Aramis who takes 2nd base. They call him and Byrd out for a double play.

Umpires are having a strong start this year.

wait to try and start a week long argument!

If this is our 2010 Cubs I'm gonna fish all summer.

I think the smardjya experiment is over.

Hendry will just assume this means he needs to be in the rotation to be effective.

Zambrano sucked. Samardzija in his usual fine form. Defense has been terrible, bobbles in the outfield, bad relays, etc. It's like they are not ready yet to play.

the Cubs are not exactly strong up the middle, as the ESPN dude pointed out. I really do need to hit the local sports store and buy some new fishing reels.

Gotta love those early ERAs--
Z 54.00
Samardz 108.00

at least the other relievers have looked ok. Russel has a nice deep cutting thingy that I don't know what is because I don't pretend to. Looks like a nasty sinker or something. When I played baseball I couldn't hit anything that even dared to drop at the plate like that. Oh, and I don't mean, like college baseball or anything, just little league. Baseball murdered my confidence until about last year.

You have been LOU-manated!

New thread, you blighters.

Fuck you, Trans. We were totally happy with this thread. Loser.

I am pretty sure I don't need to say I'm just having fun and joking.

Fine. You can fucking have this shitty thread to yourself and all your loser friends. You don't deserve the upgrade I'm offering you, anyway.

j/k

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  • Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.

    John Beasley 27 min 4 sec ago view
  • barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.

    crunch 49 min 11 sec ago view
  • Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?

    Brick 58 min 10 sec ago view
  • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

    crunch 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 3 hours 13 min ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 6 hours 7 min ago view
  • Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.

    billybucks 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.

    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 8 hours 14 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 49 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.

    Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 50 min ago view
  • I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 18 min ago view