TCR 2010 Cubs Prediction Contest

Time once again for TCR's prediction contest, 21 questions plus two tiebreakers. One person put in an entry when I posted the preliminary questions in the comments, you need to resubmit your answers.

The contest will close by first pitch on Monday assuming there isn't a rainout.

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Could just be me, but I had to post a comment in order to enter the contest. If my entry didn't show up, let me know.

it's just you and no, it didn't go through. Try the link instead?

still sucks... optioned by the O's today, stupid Cubs development system

Guess it's just my browser, but the "submit" button on the form wasn't showing. So I used the link, thanks.

Did you put 11-15 for Silva's starts? the Google doc for some reason started converting that answer to a date after the first few entries, I just want to make sure I can fix it.

11-15? Let's hope not.

I put 21-25. Gorz will be out of the rotation before Silva is my guess.

My worry to. At least the Cubs showed a little satchel by cutting Millar over Tracy. Unfortunately I doubt Jim Hendry wants to eat 2 years of Carlos Silva's deal. Too much egg on his face over the Bradley deal already.

Yes, 11-15. I was being optimistic that it wasn't more.

Tito -- Scroll down within the box.

D'oh! Thanks, already submitted via the link.

Does the question about Samrdzija's starts in the majors refers to his career as a Cub, or to this year? I guess this is a somewhat optimistic question...

Tough crowd.

innings pitched is the question for samardzija and of course, just for 2010

91

11

15 minutes is a bit too long for me.

82

No Colvin- or Starlin-related questions? HOW DARE YOU?!

I asked for suggestions twice...you have no one to blame but yourself.

damn liberal media.

I thought I had a good suggestion... only I can't remember what it was, so I am going to HOW DARE YOU?! too.

think you had the first ejection question which I included....

He really Fox-Newsed you there, ROB G.

CNN's take on the matter is as fol...BREAKING NEWS...ANNA NICHOLE SMITH IS DEAD. WE WILL NOW BRING YOU 72 HOURS OF NON-STOP COVERAGE. sigh...lulz... btw, M.Jackson's death (covered to death by ALL cable media outlets non-stop) killed the Iran/revolution US media coverage stories. we were "all" outraged by the killing of a woman who's name because a rallying cry and 100s of thousands marched the streets. then this dude who hasn't been very relevant in 15+ years got our ratings-based-media attention for almost an entire week. lulz...

You can hardly blame cable news for that, though. Blame demand by us dumb Americans.

yeah, part of being a media critic is realizing why they do it. it's ratings driven and it has to be expected. i expect more out of my news and luckily the internet (and raw news feeds) exist. i can not only read an article, but i can cross-reference the "experts" giving information in articles etc etc etc... wee...technology n stuffs.

I suggested Castro AB's. You never listen to me. I hate you. You're not my real dad.

ah, I did miss that one. You're dead to me anyway after you traded Hanley.

I'm Pablo and Hanley-less. I'm pretty much valueless.

grand slam off Jay jackson... split-squad today vs Angels and Brewers. I can't muster the ability to care anymore about spring training.

Vs. Angels: The Cubs have just one hit through 8 innings, a single by Nady. This is the A lineup with Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Byrd, Fontenot. Zambrano gave up 4 ER in 4 IP. Samardzija, Berg, and Caridad each gave up to runs, and Russell gave up his first of the spring. Vs. Brewers: Castro, Colvin, and Tracy all 2-4 in the game. Vitters 1-4 with a double, Hoffpauir with a 2-run double.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100... until he has an 0/4 day I'm sure...

meh....

You didn't like: "I said if we carried Colvin, and he deserves to be here, no question, that we'd have to find playing time and we will." Followed by: "Spring Training has taught me in the years I've been doing this not to concern myself with too much of what you see here," ? If I am translating this right, Lou's idea is that in Spring training you can do well, but not do bad, unless you're a pitcher Sam Fuld or Micah Hoffpauir, then you can do bad.

i just think it's a whole lot of meh... it's hard to argue against having the cactus league's hottest hitter up, but it's also hard to argue against him going to AAA to continue to see consistent pitching. i'm not sure about this whole regulars-rest issue since the team won't even need much rest til the middle/end of april, anyway.

It might be just me, but I cannot wait until spring training is over so we can stop speculating already.

even crunch entered this year's contest, he never plays in our childish reindeer games.

hahah. it wasn't me...cat ran across the keyboard.

MLBTR had two posts over the past couple of days that I found interesting. The first was a list of how much each team spends on their starting rotation. I was surprised to learn that only the Yankees outspend the Cubs for starting pitching. The Blue Jays were last in all of baseball spending just over $4 million for their entire rotation. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/rotatio... The other article included a list of free agent spending by team. For all of the hand wringing over the Cubs unwillingness to spend money this off season, they still committed to over $25 million, good for 13th out of 30 teams. The Marlins spent zero, which is outrageous to me. They receive a ton of revenue sharing money and are crying for a new stadium, but they can't spend a dime on free agency. It's a crock... http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/offseas...

They gave that big contract to Johnson and kept Uggla who everyone was sure was gone, though. I encourage teams like the Marlins. The less demand for FA's the less that Hendry has to pay Marlon Byrd.

IIRC, the "league" is "encouraging the Marlins" to spend some bread. I read something about this recently.

more the MLBPA, I assume the conversation went like this "you spend less than you make in revenue sharing, if you don't fix it we'll strike" "okay, extensions for everyone!"

haha. Was THAT it??

The MLBPA has led the charge and the situation is so self-evident that MLB had to also "encourage" the Marlins to sign Johnson to an extension. Scott Boras gets a lot of heat for the things he has said about teams pocketing their revenue sharing money, but he's right. His math might be fuzzy, but he's conceptually right.

Chicago Cubs Released: RHP Diego Encarnacion, RHP Robert Hernandez, RHP Jeff Kennard, RHP Kevin Kreier, RHP Josh Lansford, RHP Dionis Nunez, RHP Greg Reinhard, RHP Josh Whitlock, RHP Hank Williamson, 1B John Contreras, 2B Dwayne Kemp, 3B Jordan Petraitis, SS Robert Bautista, OF Kevin Soto, OF Sean Williams Outrighted to Triple-A, removed from 40-man: RHP Mike Parisi Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jeff Gray, RHP Marcos Mateo, LHP John Gaub, OF Jim Adduci http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects... seems Parisi will have his spot in Triple A afterall Reinhard was part of the Ryu trade to Tampa Bay, Williamson part of the Pie trade last year.

former Cubs Juan Mateo released by the Angels, Mark Pawelek by the Reds, Jermaine Van Buren by the Marlins

and cpat opt'd out of his contract after SEA told him he wouldn't make the roster

What would be the reasoning behind releasing Lansford? He just converted to the mound recently, didn't he?

yeah, he he supposedly throws 90-94mph... *shrug*

I also thought that we saw him with the "early reporting" minor leaguers. I am sure AZ Phil will get the scoop if he hasn't posted it above.

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  • azbobbop 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 18 min ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

     

  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 7 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.