Omening Day?

It is a cold, miserable day in Des Moines. The steady rain may change to snow by the time the Iowa Cubs are scheduled to open their home season at 7:05 tonight versus the Memphis Redbirds, the team that caught them at the tape last Labor Day and squeezed past into the PCL playoffs. Ironically, that change in the form of precipitation might increase the chances of the game being played. Just in case the game tonight gets called I had a couple of hot dogs for lunch.


The I-Cubs beat the Isotopes on getaway day yesterday in Albuquerque, 10-6, behind five RBI from holdover Bobby Scales to split their season-opening road swing through Texas and New Mexico at 4-4. At the plate Tony Campana, Lou Montanez and Scales are off to hot starts. Fernando Perez has drawn eight walks and swiped three bases and Bryan LaHair has already knocked in nine runs. There hasn't yet been much pitching to which any of those responsible would sign their names. Chris Carpenter has fanned eight and walked but two so far in five innings spread over three appearances.


Here's alink to a new feature at the I-Cub website this year that's a nice one-stop daily clearinghouse for media reports: http://iowa.cubs.milb.com/news/page.jsp?ymd=20110317&content_id=16994120&vkey=news_t451&fext=.jsp&sid=t451


No doubt there are better days ahead weather-wise and this club deserves some breaks in that department. Last year the team was 4th out of 16 in the PCL in attendance despite that Des Moines is 14th in the league in population.


Weather relenting, J.R. Mathes starts for Iowa tonight. It feels like he's been here as long as Wakefield's been in Boston, maybe longer if you asked him.

Comments

Snyder called up, Fukudome must be going to DL

whoops, false alarm. Tweet says Iowa Cubs call up Snyder.

Carry on.

Replaces Ty Wright, who moved down to Tenn. yesterday.

Iowa game called btw.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/press_releas...

cheaper than anything you can get at Dodgers Stadium at least. Easily looking at close to $100 for food, drink, parking to take my munchkins when Cubs visit in May.

4 tickets for $40 through $108 with food and drink, various sections.

I'm fortunate to live close to a nice minor league ball park. That's where I take the munchkins. If shit gets real, we can leave and I'm not too upset about missing a game. Plus... great seats for $9

minors do have their charms...

I think that could be read with a meaning you did not intend.

I think that was intentional. Those with kids understand the 'charms' (both good and bad) of dragging small kids out into public.

"If shit gets real"

What? Do your kids beat up random Giants' fans?

Not random ones, they're smart enough to target the weak.

Only if they are asking for it by wearing Giants gear.

Actually according to the Cubs website, it's $40-260. The lower end is a nice deal, although at the bottom of the page it says that taxes and ticket fees are not included. I just threw the cheapest set of tickets into the cart to see how much the fees add, it jumps to $63.48, plus another $4.00 in order processing fees. So that $40 package of tickets is $67.48 (and you still have to pay for parking or the train).

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ticketing/fam...

i do wish they'd stop calling them convenience fees.

Their math doesn't make sense.

It claims the taxes are: 12% city of Chicago and amusement tax (unless these are 2 different taxes, each at 12%?), which should be $4.80
and 9% cook county sales tax - $3.60

plus $4.00 ticket delivery fee. That's 12.80 in fees, not the $27.48 they're charging.

So the "convenience fee" is almost $15.00?

Someone is stealing even more money from fans.

gonna go see 'the conspirator' instead...

omaha also rained out in opener @ new park; guess they didn't even have to leave town to chase this storm...also, besides storms the chasers are also chasing the whole division after going 2-6 in 1st week; that team is supposed to be loaded w/ future royals though...

SS Castro, 2B Barney, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, RF Colvin, C Soto, P Garza

J. Chacin for the Rox

Coleman vs. Hammel tomorrow
Dempster vs. A. Johnson Sunday

Rox at 10-2 and best record in NL.

Since 1946, only one pitcher (Rick Sutcliffe 23) has struck out more hitters over his first two starts with the #Cubs.

garza @COL...something tells me his ERA isn't gonna improve too much today even if it does happen to get better.

Not into Pena these days.

Maybe he has to play when his buddy pitches?

Gonna be great seeing his 0-4 night, tonight.

2 strikeouts is a given

Rockies lineup

Fowler CF, Herrera 2B, Gonzalez LF, God SS, Helton 1B, Smith RF, Lopez 3B, Iannetta C, Chacin P

We have Darwin, they have God. A battle for the ages.

Nicely played. Come again.

"(Reuters) - Onetime World Series hero Lenny Dykstra has been arrested and charged with fraud for allegedly stealing or destroying $400,000 in property that was part of his bankruptcy case, federal prosecutors said on Friday."

lulz

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/15/us-...

This one might get Ozzie committed-

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/c...

...laser show.

Probably just making up for the nasties from the press conference after Wednesday's game.

cubs are 6-6
last 10 games 5-5
road record - 3-3
home record - 3-3

project .500 is going damn well.

agonz (BOS) deal finalized..."$154 million over seven years from 2012 through 2018" (22m average).

inflation

So Carlos Pena really IS a bargain.

Adam Dunn is a bargain. Pena is the Carlos Silva of bargains.

Peoria & Iowa postponed, Smokies delayed

lineup in case they play
Jackson 8, Flaherty 6, LeMahieu 4, Spencer 0, Vitters 5, Wright 7, Ridling 3, Lalli 2, Adduci 9

Cabrera P

Daytona:
Crawford LF, Cerda 3B, Ha CF, Bour 1B, Castillo C, Burgess RF, Brenly DH, Lake SS, Macias 2B, RHP Wallach

Korey playing for Blue Jays tonight, batting 2nd

h.street unavailable tonight vs. cubs (tired, night off)...

I bet the Cardinals are thrilled that the Sox are paying Gonzalez more money per year than they offered Pujols.

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  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 26 min 38 sec ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 45 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 20 hours 56 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 21 hours 2 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 21 hours 7 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 21 hours 18 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 21 hours 30 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 21 hours 55 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 22 hours 35 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 47 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 4 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 8 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 53 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 6 hours ago view