Cubs 2012 Opening Game Thread

Here it is, Opening Day 2012, where optimism reigns...until you see Jeff Baker starting at 1B.

Nationals Cubs
Desmond, SS *DeJesus, RF
#Espinosa, 2B Barney, 2B
Zimmerman, 3B Castro, SS
*LaRoche, 1B Soriano, LF
Werth, RF *Stewart, 3B
DeRosa, LF Baker, 1B
*Bernadina, CF Byrd, CF
Ramos, C Soto, C
Strasburg, P Dempster, P

Bryan LaHair is out today, but claims he should be available off the bench Saturday and ready to start by Sunday, so doesn't look like the disabled list and doesn't look like Tony Campana will be up with the team.

How many strikeouts for Soriano today? free polls 

I'm going to attempt to be in Parachat later, but make no promises. I'll keep the prediction contest open up until first pitch.


He is on my shitlist, but I don't even remember why.

Wow, that was some bad theological analogism.

to Rays on waiver claim, Mateo to 60-day DL.

How does that work?

losing Gaub?

must have outrighted him and Rays made a claim.

Sorry, I guess I missed were we cut him.

news to all of us I believe

outrighting isn't really cutting them though, it's just trying to get them through waivers and off the 40-man and end of spring training is usually a good time to attempt that.

nonetheless, Gaub has some serious control issues, tough to get too hot and bothered about it, unless you look at Camp's numbers last year :)

Sorry again I am mixing up Gaub and Mateo. I misread your post as saying the Rays had picked up Mateo as the Cubs put him on the 60-day DL.

And with that, the Cubs now have nothing to show for the DeRosa trade. Yay?

Sure... if you don't count Matt Garza

#Cubs officially select contracts of DeWitt, Mather and Camp. Coleman and Campana optioned to Class AAA Iowa.

Wait. So the Cubs claim a guy off of waivers that is redundant to/makes DeWitt redundant, but they keep DeWitt, and they lose Gaub, one of the potentially useful bullpen pieces they have when they are probably looking for another lefty reliever?

Color me purple-exed.

Ryan Dempster looks more like Koyie Hill every year. I had a brief moment of panic when the camera first panned to him.

Kinda jealous of the Nat's lineup. Sigh.

Just look at Jayson Werth's contract and you will feel better.

Straus on pace for a 63-pitch game.

Strasburg at 14 pitches through 2 innings.

Who's carrying the broadcast for this?


cool. thanks!

Soriano hitting .500 -- trade him while he's hot!

...and there goes that opportunity

I believe that SB attempt added an out and costs a run?

New feature in Gameday called "Scout" in the Game Summary feature. Here's a quote from today:

"Scout: Stephen Strasburg is trying to tie up Ryan Dempster with fastballs inside, where Dempster is hitting .000 this season compared to .000 overall."

Must automated without human oversight. I hope.

Dempster earned his pay check today. Should we expect Wood in the 8th?

I'm not watching the game... is Demp struggling? If not, why would Wood come out for the 8th?

Early in the season, near 100 pitches, but the point is moot.

Wood in the 8th

But now kind of wishing we hadn't seen wood in the 8th...

Am I the only person who thinks that Wood has been overrated most of his career?

He just doesn't throw enough strikes.

Joking, I presume?

and cue the Marmol loss


Soriano stealing 3rd cost them an out and a run, Woody couldnt get a strike call to save his life, Stewart runs on a hard enough hit ball to the 3B and gets thrown out by a mile with 1 out in the 9th? I already HATE the New Jan Brady style by Dale

Joe Mather was pinch running for Stewart...

so that happened....

Sitting between home and 3rd today we said WTF on Soriano's SBA. Wondering if it was a hit and run. Several people in the stands said he was safe - but at the time...same old shit.

That said, Soriano did not lose the game today for them and made a tough catch with really crazy winds out there.

There were not any real chances at all for either team...until the bullpen came in.

This is going to be a repeating theme, so I am sorry to say, we will have to get used it for 2012.

Ian Stuart, for that matter, caused an additional 15-20 possible extra pitches due to his error as Demp got undone there early on.

However, he pitched terrifically well and deserved a better fate.

I have hated Marmol since last year.

Hopefully he can learn how to pitch with confidence again so we can trade him.

Why didn't they use Sean Marshall in the 8th? He's usually pretty reliable....

As has been said -- you can save yourself a lot of time this season, and just watch the replay of this game when you want to see the 2012 Cubs.

Few things more agonizing than knowing the bullpen sucks, hoping maybe they won't suck the day you are at the game, then watching them actually suck like you knew they would all along.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.