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It’s Opening Day and the Chicago Cubs are already a half-game out of first place. This lousy front office…

Of course, being only a half game out means that, by the end of the day, the Cubs could be in first place! I’m not sure how many times I’ll get to say that this season, so I figured I should take my shot.

Bryan LaHair is indeed out today with a bad back, but he remains hopeful that he can play this weekend. I’m going to guess that Tony Campana remains in Chicago in the event that, today or tomorrow, the Cubs decide to DL LaHair, in which case Campana would join the 25-man roster. Jeff Baker – not Blake DeWitt – picks up the start today in LaHair’s place, which I suppose makes some sense give DeWitt’s reverse split (i.e., he tends to hit lefties better than righties, despite he, himself, being a lefty).

The Cubs have added Joe Mather and Shawn Camp to the 40-man roster (and, obviously, 25-man roster), and have put Marcos Mateo on the 60-day DL to open up a 40-man spot (Frankie De La Cruz was waived several days ago, and has since been outrighted off the 40-man). Blake DeWitt, as of this writing, is still not technically on the 40 or 25-man rosters, but is expected to be by game time. That’ll require a 40-man roster move, so I’ll update as soon as it happens.

UPDATE: Lefty reliever John Gaub was the 40-man roster victim. The Cubs waived the 26-year-old, and he was subsequently claimed by the Rays (not that they know anything about pitching). Gaub never quite put it together in limited big league opportunities (including Spring Training), but he’s always had an extraordinary K-rate in the Minors (12.6 per 9). He also walked an absurd number of guys (5.8 per 9), so you can understand the Cubs’ reluctance to keep stringing things along.

Game Info

Washington Nationals (0-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-0), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread

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Starting Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg (0-0, -.–, no other stats available yet)


Ryan Dempster (0-0, -.–, no other stats available yet)

Washington Nationals Lineup

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Mark DeRosa, LF

7. Roger Bernadina, CF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Stephen Strasburg, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Ian Stewart, 3B

6. Jeff Baker, 1B

7. Marlon Byrd, CF

8. Geovany Soto, C

9. Ryan Dempster, P

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