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.

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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.

Comments

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?

wgn

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

so...much...cubbery...

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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  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.