Opening Night for the 1st Place Cubs

Tonight is (Home) Opening Night for the 4-1 branch of the organization. If this was theatrical the mantra would be “Break a leg.” But in this particular performing art let’s just say “Play ball!” I’m anxious to see Trent Trombone and “Heeere’s Johnny!” Field (#1 on your scorecard and winner of the Name of the Game award, hands down). Happ, of course, while he’s here. As I recall, his first stop in Des Moines was not a long one. Yes, here it is, 9 homers in 26 games in the spring of 2017 before a call-up that looked to be his one and only until he got a bad case of the whiffs, a la erstwhile wunder-pick Brett Jackson. BJ struck out 393 times in 296 games with the I-Cubs across parts of four seasons and 59 times in his only 44 games with the C-Cubs in 2012. Happ’s fanned 9 times in 5 games so far on this go ‘round, so who knows? In the Hurry UP Department: Nico Hoerner. Will his fast-track reach this high this summer? Mound-wise, hurry back, AA. Before breaking down last year, Adbert Alzolay took a pair of no-nos into the 6th, teases of potential. Maples are my favorite trees and potentially my favorite reliever, too. In Dillon’s first two outings, all five outs he’s recorded have been Ks. The caveat, as usual, is erratic control as he’s also walked 4. When Maples is on the mound, bats are little more than props. Edwards is back, too, and got a win last night. Maybe The Slim Reaper should go back to CJ. Carl Jr.’s been pitching like someone’s old man. Good weather tonight on the 46th anniversary of a snowstorm that buried Des Moines beneath more than a foot of snow. The postponements won’t start until at least tomorrow when t-storms are in store.

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This has the cadence of a letter written to a dear friend while just a bit tipsy. Love it! Looking forward to some reports from Des Moines!

Who will be heading to Chicago to replace Jon Lester?

maples pitched tonight (1ip 0h 3bb 2k, 1r/0er) for iowa...guess he can be marked off the "who's getting called up" list

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  • Eric S 3 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Credit to Mills bouncing back strong - fifth straight quality start by the rotation certainly helps things. Yu for the series win tomorrow 

     

  • crunch 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    schwarber in the bottom 10th!  walkoff homer.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Throws strikes like Chatwood.  Holds runners like Darvish.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 44 min ago (view)

    This smells like a Chatwood game. 

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Almora - what a tool non-play there. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 16 sec ago (view)

    phew...kimbrel is fresh off taking a half season away from the game, but im ready for a bit less drama out of his appearances.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    lorenzen is low-key one of the most exciting players in the game, seriously.  he's fun on the mound, at the plate, and baserunning.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Well that settles it: Lorenzen is a better base runner than Brach. Brach haint got nuttin’

     

  • crunch 4 hours 8 min ago (view)

    rizzo's power outage has been a little alarming.  it seems to be bad luck more than anything obvious, though.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Near warning track power Rizzo not nearly as fun as home run derby Rizzo

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    More rare sighting in last few weeks: a Descalso plate appearance or a Rizzo home run?  Descalso PA wins by an eyelash

    Descalso actually had one his better at bats (even though he should have been rung up on a missed strike three) — a line drive one hopper to the shortstop

     

  • crunch 4 hours 51 min ago (view)

    they're celebrating the 69 cubs at the park tonight.

    they had a bunch of vets (led by billy williams) do the 7th along with a video edited together of ernie banks + ron santo singing the 7th so they could all sing along.  great touch.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 15 min ago (view)

    montgomery is going to be used as a SP for KC.  good for him.

    also, a.mills has calmed down into a hell of a nice welcome back start.  he's back on my xmas card list.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 32 min ago (view)

    31 pitches, 3 HBP by mills...and only 3 runs given up in 1.2ip so far!

     

  • crunch 6 hours 48 min ago (view)

    okay, im done with alec mills.

    next.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

    almora picks up a career highlight reel catch in CF.

    even heyward was pumped.