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wrigley field from right bleachersOpening Day is here! Well, the home opening day, anyway. Hopefully the nasty early morning weather is all cleared out by the time we’re ready to funnel into the ballpark.

Travis Wood gets the ball today to kick off his 2014 season, which hopefully looks a hell of a lot like his 2013 season. It’s going to be very windy today, which will either make Wood unstoppable (wind blowing in) or comically vulnerable (wind blowing out), because he’s quite the fly ball pitcher. Of course, his opponent today, Roberto Hernandez, is extremely homer-prone, himself.

Ryne Sandberg makes his return to Wrigley, which will be interesting because, when he comes out onto the field to exchange lineups and do that whole thing, Ricky Renteria will also be coming out for the first time at Wrigley Field. There will be enormous cheers, but neither man will truly know for whom the crowd cheers. And you have to choose just one. This is serious business.

Today’s lineup is mostly loaded with lefties, as you’d expect, but Darwin Barney is at second base, rather than Emilio Bonifacio (who is in center, rather than Ryan Sweeney (who is in left, rather than Ryan Kalish)). RR said that Barney wasn’t going to be in a strict platoon, and here you have it. As for Junior Lake and Mike Olt, we still don’t know what their level of platooning will be, because the Cubs face so many lefties in the early going.

Ryne Sandberg, on the other hand, thinks the platoon advantage is for silly ninnies, so he puts six(!) lefties in his lineup to face lefty Travis Wood, including the first three batters. Wood has held lefties a mere .212/.290/.327 line over his career. No, Sandberg doesn’t have the same roster versatility at his disposal that RR has, but … well, this does not seem wise. Anything can happen in a single game, though.

I’ll be at the game today and then hopefully hanging with some of you fine folks after the game, so you can expect a delayed EBS.

Game Info

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-2), 1:20 CT on WGN and MLBN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Roberto Hernandez (4.89 ERA, 4.63 FIP, 3.60 xFIP; 2.97 K/BB (formerly Fausto Carmona))

versus

Travis Wood (3.11 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 4.50 xFIP; 2.18 K/BB)

Philadelpia Phillies Lineup

1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Jimmy Rollins, SS

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Marlon Byrd, RF

5. Ryan Howard, 1B

6. Carlos Ruiz, C

7. Domonic Brown, LF

8. Cody Asche, 3B

9. Roberto Hernandez, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Nate Schierholtz, RF

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Ryan Sweeney, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Jason P

    Home opener against the awful Fausto Carmona and we score 2 runs. Wow.

    • TommyK

      With the wind blowing out. This is an historically bad offense.

  • Jon

    I’m trying to figure out how the Phillies are the “laughing stock” of baseball and not us.

    • YourResidentJag

      Because Sandberg was stocking his lineup with regular LHs and Brett thought they he should be platooning guys like Utley and Howard.

  • TommyK

    Please let us know when we can statistically declare this team a pile of puke. And when are we going to talk about the borderline firable offense of trading Cashner for Rixzo. And then extending Rizzo. What a mess.

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Rizzo looks fine. Could have had 4 hits yesterday. He will hit .265 with 100 walks, 25-30 home runs.

      • TommyK

        Change .265 to .220 and your not far off. Below average numbers for a first baseman. Meanwhile Cashner looks like an ace.

        • TommyK

          “You’re” for the grammer police.

          • DarthHater

            What about the spelling police?

            • Alan Griffin

              Gotta say, Darth, I love your style.

        • Bill

          Agree. I think Theo is going to look back and regret the Rizzo trade. Looks like a low avg, decent power, good fielding 1B. Cashner looks like a TOR starting pitcher. What really baffles me is the Rizzo extension. The guy proved very little and Theo had to lock him up long term. This was a case of Theo/Jed being infatuated with a guy from their days in Bos. His struggles in SD should have been a warning flag, at least to hold off on any extension until Rizzo had a sizable track record of success at the MLB level.

          • Jon

            Just the other day Anthony was talking about ripping up his current deal and signing an even bigger contract ! Talk about getting ahead of oneself !

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              You know that was a joke but way to add to your narrative. Forget facts, ignore context, and you too can build a great pile of bullshit.

              • Jon

                He wasn’t joking

                • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                  More bullshit you’re building quite the castle.

                  • YourResidentJag

                    Nah, I’d rather they’d held onto Cashner and traded him for a potential higher OBP LH Eaton than have Rizzo. And I don’t have the $$ to build a castle, but thanks.

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Really a super small sample size, if we’re going to get all silly with small stats then you be very afraid of Cashner’s Home/Road splits… just saying.

            • cubfanincardinalland

              Exactly. This ace talk is silly. Pitches in the most friendly park in baseball. Hardly a young guy. And an ugly track record of getting hurt, a great predictor of future disabled list time for pitchers. Lets see where he is in August.
              Give me the everday 24 year old every time.

            • YourResidentJag

              Really SSS for Rizzo then too.

          • BWA

            The extensions was incredibly cheap.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Oh here we go worrying about batting average when can we stop talking about that stat.

          • TommyK

            A 40 point drop in batting average is significant. If his batting average goes down without a corresponding increase in walks, his on-base percentage necessarily goes down too. His slugging would also go down. No matter how advanced you get with statistics, outs are bad. A lower batting average means you are making outs more often.

    • ari gold

      Cashner might not be able to hold up long term as a starter. Not just this front office believed that. I will however not be surprised at all if Rizzo ends up a .230 hitter. I think it was Law that said his hands are much lower than in 2012 which could be the reason he’s having such troubles.

      • YourResidentJag

        So, hold onto him as trade chip and get someone who doesn’t hit .230 in a replicable position. What’s the rush?

    • cubs2003

      I’m thinking Carlos Pena if all goes well. Not bad, not great.

  • another JP

    Just the first of many games the Cubs will not compete in this season, which we knew was going to happen. Right now the team couldn’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag and Soler is back on the DL. This web site is going to be a basher’s paradise… let the good times roll.

  • candyland07

    The game sucked. 3 lousy hits . kinda says it all.

  • Blackhawks1963

    The offense was / is going to be bad. Need to be patient on Baez, Alcantara and maybe Szczur providing some hope at some point.

    The outfield situation we have right now has got to be the lousiest in baseball. Again no surprise.

    • http://bleachernation.com woody

      Yeah no sense in rushing them so they can be contaminated by the culture of losing.

  • Mush

    I would love to have Archer and Cashner back. I think both trades were lost.

    • Jon

      If you want Archer back then you also have to give back Cj Edwards Olt, neil Ramirez and Grimm

      • Mush

        Done in a heart beat. Give me a proven young major league star over potential any day.

        • cubfanincardinalland

          Chris archer has 161 innings in the big leagues, with an 11-10 record and a 3.5 era. He is not a star.

          • Mush

            He most certainly is. Look at k/bb and whip he compares with the top guys and has only sniffed potential.

            • cubfanincardinalland

              Many scouts will tell you he is living off his improved fastball command and a gold glove infield at every position. But he is a 2 pitch starter. Hard to maintain consistency unless he develops a change.

            • DarthHater

              Archer’s k/bb last year was 2.66, ranking 68th among pitchers with at least 120 innings. The top guys are in the 4 to 6+ range.

            • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

              Oh man…that 7.1 K/9 last year was SOOOOOOOOOOO awesome. I mean, WOW. Not many guys in the bigs top that.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Did anyone else notice that the Philly lefthanders were stroking the ball to the opposite field off of Wood and Wright? Why the hell can’t Rizzo do that? This may be the year that Theo and Jed shit the bed. They took a couple of young kids and pronounced them as the “core” the building blocks of the future jugernaut that will dominate baseball into eternity. I don’t know if it is the media’s fault or not, but promoting guys who have never played in the big leagues and giving long term contracts to a couple of guys that showed promise early as saviors of the franchise is just plain stupid. This is going to be ugly! Where are the major league caliber players?

    • Mush

      Agree with you 100% It would be nice not to have Castro and Rizzo tied up so you can have real competition for position. The fragile ego of Theo will not let that be allowed. This team is 3-4 years away because of crap like that.

  • Illini Cubbie Fan

    I know he would never admit it, but do you think that the constant talk about Baez is really getting to Castro and adding just an enormous amount of mental strain? Also, he needs to hit either 7th or 8th tomorrow. It just isn’t logical to have him hitting 2nd or 3rd right now (other than MAYBE a boost in his confidence).

  • Diehardthefirst

    Key to the game- bringing in Diekman in the 6th and Mgr Rick not countering

  • cubfanincardinalland

    First big league hitter Tanaka faces goes yard. I don’t think we are in Tokyo anymore todo..

    • DarthHater

      Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • Jon

    In a vacuum, I don’t think the FO regrets the Rizzo for Cashner deal. That said, the best young position player to come on the FA market during this time has been Jose Abreau. In that case you could have signed Abreau, and then either kept Cashner or dealt him for something else.

    Of course at the time of the Rizzo trade the FO had no idea if/when Abreau was coming over.

    • YourResidentJag

      I’m not going to go even that far. The FO could have had stopgaps at 1b in 2012, 2013, and this year and even the next. Then they could have seen what Vogelbach come become. I’m guessing they didn’t expect Vogelbach to lose 30lbs and start taking baseball this seriously. After all, he was already in the system and they didn’t to trade anything for him.

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      WOW. Serious revisionist history going on with Cashner.

      At the time of the trade he was a SEVERE injury risk and had pitched more than 100 innings ONCE in his career (that would be 100.1 innings).

      He has since gone on to have 1 healthy season since the trade.

      How about this. If Rizzo looks like crap at the end of the season and Cashner logs 200 innings, then the bellyaching will be justified.

      • Jon

        Way to ignore 90% of my post. Bellyaching?

        The point is the best young FA position player to come on the market during this rebuild is Abreu(who yes I think has a much better hit tool than Rizzo). Would the FO liked to have got under 25 slugger in his prime? You bet their ass they would have, but with no DH, there was just no spot for him.

        Of course the FO had no idea in 2012 that he was realistic defecting, but assuming they did, it’s possible they would have considering not locking in anything at 1B during that time with Abreu in mind, which of course would have allowed them to use the assett of Cashner for something else.

      • Kyle

        Exactly. He’s still a huge injury risk.

        • Jon

          The revisionist history is thinking he wasn’t valuable assett. First round pick, electric stuff, no TJS. He was being brought along slowly in the pen. (When this FO does that it’s pure brilliance )

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Well except for that season when he got injured right at the start and the stock diminished quickly. When a pitcher comes up and gets injured right when he’s given a starting job is exactly the risk you don’t want to have with a pitcher that you want to become a TOR pitcher. Then a 1B that was very well known by the FO struggles with a cup of coffee and the teams choose to swap prospects… you do that trade over and over again.

            This whole Abreu love fest is just another way you get to spin a narrative about how bad this FO is and then you admit that there was no way he would have been known about when they traded for Rizzo… and then you continue to spin you tower of bullshit. You are totally creating a tower of shit that rivals Babel. I’m sure you’re proud of this.

            • YourResidentJag

              So, you don’t like Abreu? Well, that’s cool.

              • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                The idiocy of these attempts to spin bullshit into gold is pathetic and a good reason to stay off the main page… its just a series of moron yelling at brick walls.

              • BT

                THAT’S what you took away from this?

                Well, that’s cool.

                • YourResidentJag

                  No, that’s what Goat took away.

            • Jon

              You know what would be fun. ? A BN drinking game where everyone has to take a shot every time you type the word “narrative”

              • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                I prefer to drink every time you spew bullshit but that would result in everybody to be dead in a few hours or minutes.

          • Kyle

            We gave something good, we got something good, nbd.

  • Diehardthefirst

    In Wrights defense that was pitch # 30 Mayberry HR – one batter too many and another key to Sandbergs acumen- he’s playing chess and Mgr Rick checkers

  • Diehardthefirst

    Great 7th inning stretch only one missing was Santo whose spirit was there tho

  • Jon

    Edwards with a great but short outing 4 IP: 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K,

    Cue CubFanPaul to rub our nose in the dog poop

  • Jon

    Bryant bomb!

    • http://bleachernation.com woody

      Back to back games. If he keeps this up I wonder how long before he goes to Iowa?

      • Jon

        Screw that how about Chicago where he could platoon with Valbuena

        • http://bleachernation.com woody

          That’s funny Jon.

        • ssckelley

          Nah, we got Olt to do that. Trade him for some pitching.

    • ssckelley

      Awesome!

    • Jorbert Solmora

      I’ll just put this here for the enjoyment of all..
      https://vine.co/v/MinXg20E1AQ

  • Jon
  • Ed

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=chicagocubs&id=22699&city=chicago —this article sums up how I felt about today’s loss and how I feel about the job Renteria is doing so far (I get it, it’s only 4 games in).

    • Jon

      Lol keeping Olt fresh? It’s the 4 fkn game of the year !

      • Blackhawks1963

        When did Mike Olt become the second coming of Mike Schmidt? Just wondering why he MUST be handed everyday playing time when he is coming off a horrible season, battled vision problems, is now battling a shoulder issue, and still appears to be a dramatic strikeout machine. How the hell does Olt become the anointed one in your little world? Let him prove he even deserves to be in the big leagues, then EARN playing time.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          I agree we also can’t ignore that the FO wants to trade a couple of these middle infielder this year so benching one of them for another is just a bad idea. Platoon them to the best matchups possible and see what value you can build to trade them later.

          • 70’s Cub

            Hey Goat, what value Barney can’t hit the infield spare parts need to be waived!

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              Is it that hard to understand a very simple concept? Fools are everywhere.

              • 70’s Cub

                “Platoon them to bring trade value” it is not about your opinion that you are entitled to it’s that I don’t appreciate you calling me a fool . You are a Jack’s ass!

                • 70’s Cub

                  Brett I don’t visit this web sight to put up with personal negative comments this guy is completely out of control!

                • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                  Ban away

                  • YourResidentJag

                    Negative drama queen. GOD!

                    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                      Bullshit jester… JEEBUS

        • itzscott

          Here’s the ages old question….

          How can you EARN playing time when you aren’t given playing time to EARN?

          How do you show you deserve something when you aren’t given the opportunity to deserve whatever that is?

          • Jason P

            “How can you EARN playing time when you aren’t given playing time to EARN?”

            You can’t. However, it is irrelevant since Olt is not being given no playing time.

            • YourResidentJag

              Except that he should be given as much as possible. I think it was you who once said the Cubs got a–I believe–haul for Matt Garza? Am I correct or would you like to revise that statement?

              • Jason P

                Olt is being played on days where he has the platoon advantage over the opposing pitcher. If he plays well, he will be given the full time starting gig before long.

                Not getting the extra hundred ABs early in the season is not going to signigicantly hinder his development and it might actually help him gain confidence. Also, Valbuena has played really well.

                I do think the Cubs got a haul for Garza. A lot of people think that.

                • Voice of Reason

                  This is about finding our third baseman of the future. Valbuena is obviously not the answer. Play valbuena at second if you feel he is playing well.

                  We need to determine if Olt is our future, every day third baseman. Don’t give anyone else at bats unless Olt is hurt. Don’t say you trying to protect him from getting hurt. That’s ridiculous.

                  If its determined that Olt isn’t the answer then move on to villanueva or Bryant. If Olt is the guy then you put Bryant in the outfield and trade villanueva.

                  You don’t waste time. This is all part of developing for two years from now when we want to compete.

                  This year the cubs lose 90+ games no matter what. So let lake and Olt play every day so we can evaluate them.

                  The cubs don’t want to win now so don’t say renteria needs to put them in best position to win . If they wanted to win now Baez would be up. The organization is buying time until the kids are developed. So start tomorrow and play Olt and lake every day. That way well know if they’ll be part of our world series run in a couple of years.

                  • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                    Everything you just said is ridiculous

                    • Jon

                      He actually makes a thought out point/opinion even if you disagree with it.

                      You are tired, cranky, and throwing out one line insults, like a toddler. It’s actually kind of funny/sad in a way to be honest

                    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                      I’m just sick of what this site has become and just getting one last fuck you in before I quit. Have fun being King of the Asshat of Bullshit Tower

                    • Jon

                      King of the Asshat of the Bullshit Tower?

                    • Karl Groucho

                      @Jon: I smell a new DN…

                  • Jason P

                    The only 2 concerns anyone has been able to point out with starting Olt out in a platoon are (A) we shouldn’t be wasting time in a lost season on stopgap guys; we need to know now what we have in Olt and (B) why stunt Olt’s development?

                    First, I’ll address concern A. Bryant in all likelihood isn’t going to be ready until September if at all this year. And even if he was, you can move him to right field if playing time is an issue. You don’t need to play Olt every day right now to know if he’s got a chance to stick. Schierholtz didn’t play against lefties last year, but we have a pretty good sense of what he is at this point. It’s all about putting guys in position to succeed — in Olt’s case, that means not putting him up against difficult righties until he proves he can hit major league pitching at all. His role will gradually increase if he is successful.

                    As for concern B, 100 plate appearances aren’t going to make a substantial difference. Plus, he’s 25, so he pretty much is what he is at this point anyway.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      Might as well let Olt get his ABs in AAA then.

                    • Jason P

                      False equivalency

                    • YourResidentJag

                      Nah.

                    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                      Jason it doesn’t matter somebody just going to get mad because you trying to use logic, because some just a need to complain to feel good about life

                    • Patrick W.

                      Plus Olt is coming off some shoulder issue. Why risk it every day right now in this weather? He’ll start tomorrow I’m sure.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      No, I’m not just complaining to complain. If Olt’s having shoulder issues and needs more seasoning, for god’s sakes, send him down to AAA where he could DH or I don’t know, play 1b until his shoulder heals, the weather gets continuously warmer.

                      Or, if you feel, Jason, that the Cubs have to put everyone in a position to succeed in terms of trade value, then it would be better to let Olt get more ABs in those positions down at AAA.

                      Your Schierholtz example is a false equivelancy because (1) Schierholtz is older and won’t be on this team if they’re competitve and (2) Schierholtz abilities as a batter have always suggest a platoon role for him.

                    • Jason P

                      “If Olt’s having shoulder issues and needs more seasoning, for god’s sakes, send him down to AAA where he could DH or I don’t know, play 1b until his shoulder heals, the weather gets continuously warmer.”

                      I’m saying he *doesn’t* need more seasoning. That’s why sitting every third game isn’t going to kill him.

                      “Or, if you feel, Jason, that the Cubs have to put everyone in a position to succeed in terms of trade value, then it would be better to let Olt get more ABs in those positions down at AAA.”

                      I never mentioned trade value. You’re the one doing that. I’m saying a time share to begin the year is the best thing for the player long term. More AAA at bats aren’t going to help him. Olt’s at the point at his age where he either needs to sink or swim at the major league level.

                      Schierholtz’ long term role with the team is irrelevant. My point is that sitting a third of the time isn’t going to preclude anyone from judging Olt’s performance.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      Jason, I think your someone who just likes to be a contrarian. You say I don’t use reasoning in my statements. Then, I do. Then, you call me for points you’ve made. I’m done with this discussion.

                • YourResidentJag

                  So, Olt’s part of the “haul”? But you want to platoon him…I think I just spit out my drink.

                  • Jason P

                    Actually, yes.

                    If Olt flops and becomes a completely unproductive major leaguer, I will still think the Cubs got a haul for Garza.

                    That said, me wanting to see him eased into a major league role rather than given a trial by fire is a far cry from me considering him a sunk cause, which should be obvious.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      Paragraph #1–don’t agree. Paragraph #2–don’t agree. So, I guess we’ll just have to disagree. And as for Olt, give him time then at AAA.

                    • Jason P

                      You can disagree all you want, but until you elaborate, it doesn’t exactly add anything to the discussion. At least Voice of Reason tries to put some reason behind his argument.

                  • Patrick W.

                    Wait, you don’t KNOW you did or did not spit your drink? Seems empirically knowable. :)

                    • YourResidentJag

                      So, you don’t want to see Olt succeed at this level by giving him the chance to get the majority of ABs at 3b…you know, to know if he can stick at the position. You’d rather the Cubs trade for a player then let another player like Valbuena (who BTW won’t be around probably past this year). I give up, Patrick. Apparently you don’t seem to know what should be EMPRICALLY knowable. :)

                    • Patrick W.

                      Easy … I was just swiping a little fun based on you saying “I think …”

                      To answer your question: I don’t have a problem with Mike Olt sitting a bit at the start of the season, in the cold, against particularly tough right handers (which Roberto Hernandez may or may not be.) I don’t think the first 4 games of the season are a good enough barometer to judge how much playing time he’ll get. There isn’t a good reason to send him to AAA, he doesn’t need to bat every possible time he can to ‘become better’ he just needs to ease into the roll now.

                  • 70’s Cub

                    Easy guys, Olt’s going to get plenty of reps every player around him sucks! Forget Garza he was never in the plans, the FO completely swindled Texas. Maybe the Brewers flip him to Texas in 2 month’s. Damn, it is just 1-3, 3 hits today, two bad walk offs and a blown save. I might add our line five starter is making his first start and he is already 0-2. We are Cubs fans for a reason…..

        • Jon

          Olt is not the anointed one. He is however an important piece of the puzzle. Whether he is the third baseman of the future affects a series of events including positioning of the other top prospects.

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Its not the managers job to keep the players in tune and fresh.
      You would have a hard time to find a more stupid statement from a baseball reporter.
      One of the things to like about this years team, is the depth and flexibility of position players. Putting them in spots to succeed is good managing.

      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        Thank you but this will become a major point of bitching from the trollish members of the board.

        • YourResidentJag

          Why are you so dead set against Olt getting the lionshare of playing time at 3b? So, you’re saying you didn’t want him in the Garza trade?

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Way to completely ignore what been said and twist into another bullshit point you use to push your agenda to bitch and complain. Valbuena was reall solid last year and Olt was completely lost last year. It makes total sense to give him starts when the matchups favor him to slowly evaluate him and if he succeeds in that role then he gets more regular starts until he wins the starting full time starting job. At the same time you allowing Barney and Valbuena to hopefully gain some trade value so you can move them when Baez comes up and Olt has proven he is ready to start full time. This is not complicated if you stop trying to find a way to complain.

            • YourResidentJag

              One word–ugh!

              • Crockett

                Double ugh.

                Barney was outhit last year by Travis Wood. He has ZERO trade value. He’s a 6th infielder your bring in for the 9th inning for defense only. He’s BARELY a major leaguer.

                It is a joke…a totally asinine joke…that he is ever getting starts at all.

                • 70’s Cub

                  Crocket, Your common sense is killing me a defensive specialist with no power that plays 2nd base has zero trade value. He can’t hit, bunt, and/or steal bases. He is now a four year every day starter with his third coach!

      • Jon

        You might want to read the article, because that is RRs quote not Jessie Rodgers

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Thats not what the poster said… put way to continue with your agenda.

  • Los-Cachorros

    Baez so far tonight 0-3 2 k’s

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Well to continue the stupidity of overreaction bullshit… OMG hes done trade him know for a bucket of balls, going hitless is a not acceptable, so see if SD will take him for Cashner because he is a true ace.

      • Pat

        You know, you’re allowed to make a comment or two that don’t involve being a condescending douchebag.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Ah sorry buddy heres a tissue and some vagisil

          • Patrick W.

            Love ya Goat but I think on reflection you’ll regret this one.

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              Don’t really care… ban away I’m done.

              • Kyle

                You’ve been done several times before, iirc?

            • DarthHater

              This is why goats should not be allowed to drink beer.

              • farmerjon

                Goat might have had a few too many IPS’ s yesterday ; )

        • YourResidentJag

          He can’t. He’s a troll who thinks everyone else is.

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Yes Jag your wisdom so true don’t worry I’m finished here I’ve got more important things to take care of.

            • YourResidentJag

              Sure, you do. You’ll be back tomorrow correcting everyone on their comments. Don’t worry. I’ll expect to see you here tomorrow.

              • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                I’ve barely been around… more important to worry about than calling bullshit bullshit

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Muy feo.

  • Jon

    They took away Puigs fast car and license but then benched him for being late. Damned if you do damned if you don’t

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      If Puig was in Chicago I can only imagine how large you pile would be… there is nothing you say on here that isn’t pathetic useless bullshit.

      • Jon

        Luckily we only sign the IFA’s that can’t contribute to our roster

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Oh shuck buddy that one put me in my place…. keep piling it on you’re almost to a Babel sized tower. So just so everyone understand you, anything the front office does is bad and horrible and anything they don’t do is bad and horrible. Way to enjoy life there buddy.

          • Jon

            I have to say I think I would be pretty damn happy if Puig was in Chicago. No offense to the Sweeney, Lake, Kalish 3 headed monster

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              No you would still complain it the only way you know how to communicate. You’re the guy who would scream for the Cubs to sign somebody and then scream to cut them as soon as they start to slip. I’m sure you wanted Pujols and would hate him right now if he was a Cub and complain that the FO doesn’t know who to do their job. I’m sure you’d blame Theo & Ricketts for signing Puig because he has is a clubhouse cancer after his auto issues.

  • Karl Groucho

    A 1-3 start and things are already up to 11 around here; this may be a long season for the comments section.

  • Mike F

    It is the risk people run when they sugar coat it. Sure, the Cubs have made some progress at the bottom of the roster and in the minors, but at a real cost…. lots of losing. There were to some extent heightened and ridiculous expectations to go with a heaping helping of scapegoating in Sveum fashion. Make no mistakes, the front office is and was in more than a traditional manager would likely take. That’s not to say I don’t like RR, I do, but the issue at the ML level remains constant. The Cubs to-date have one of the worst everyday line-ups in baseball. Both Castro and Rizzo are over-rated and arrogant. They started as the finished. It’s not too late for either, but the more I watch them, the more I believe Sveum was correct, as much of attitude and desire to learn, a little refresher for both at AAA wouldn’t hurt.

    That said, clearly people get worked up for nothing. I give the front office credit, they have telegraphed for anyone paying attention not to expect contention or free agency in any serious way before 2016/17, but people talk themselves into unrealistic expectations and then get all in a lather. This is going to be a very ugly season. Progress of the minors and whether Castro or Rizzo show in inclination to recognize they have to adjust will tell how ugly. To me, from the end of last season it has just all been about how soon the unload what is left of Major League talent and whether they get the # 1 pick. I don’t like it, but it is what it is….

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