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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  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 2 min 45 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 36 min 47 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 14 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 18 hours 55 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 21 hours 53 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 22 hours 5 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 hours 14 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 22 hours 20 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 22 hours 38 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 23 hours 14 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 23 hours 32 min ago view