|Cubs 47-63||Rockies 44-67|
|#Alcantara, CF||*Blackmon, LF|
|Baez, 2B||#Adames, SS|
|*Rizzo, 1B||Arenado, 3B|
|Castro, SS||*Morneau, 1B|
|Ruggiano, RF||Stubbs, CF|
|*Valbuena, 3B||Rosario, C|
|Castillo, C||Barnes, RF|
|Lake, LF||LeMahieu, 2B|
vs. AJ Burnett
2012: 3.51 ERA/3.52 FIP
vs. Jeff Samardzija
2012: 3.81 ERA/3.55 FIP
Word is that the wind is blowing out briskly to left, so Sveum has loaded up on the righties to battle southpaw Gio Gonzalez in his NL debut.
Here it is, Opening Day 2012, where optimism reigns...until you see Jeff Baker starting at 1B.
It's Christmas time for baseball fans and Santa's delivered the lowly Pirates to the Cubs. Of course, the Cubs went 5-10 against one of the worse teams I've ever seen play baseball last year, so the Cubs have that going for them. Don't forget to join the fun during our in-game chat. Folks come and go throughout the game so if you hang around for awhile, someone is usually sure to pop in.
Undoubtedly Correia is going to throw a shutout today, but generally you have to laugh at a team employing a guy for Opening Day with a career 4.57 ERA and a 4.91 ERA over the last three years, the last two being in Petco Park.
My division predictions after the jump...
Derrek Lee is back, Hoffpauir gets sent back down...okay, why not?
With Soto on the DL, Aramis still out, Colvin in the penalty box and Soriano incapable of moving spots in the batting order without the Earth's magnetic fields being reversed, we get to witness the following lineup featuring Blake DeWitt batting 5th.
Fukudome, Castro, Lee, Byrd, DeWitt, Soriano, Barney, Hill, Diamond
F. Lopez, J. Jay, Pujols, Holliday, Rasmus, Molina, Schumaker, Westbrook, Ryan
The things you miss not caring about this team...
The last post is getting a little long in the tooth and a little bitchy, so let's move on to happier things like Andre Dawson's Hall of Fame induction today and the Cubs on the brink of a three game sweep over the Cardinals.
The Cubs go for 3 in a row. 3 WINS in a row!!!! It's the start of something big, like starting to trade players away.
First, the lineups...
Tabata, LaRoche, McCutchen, Jones, Milledge, Alvarez, Doumit, Cedeno, Karstens
Fukudome, Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Colvin, Soriano, Hill, Castro, Lilly.
Now, the news...
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