Game Post 4/1

We are going to switch the preview format a bit this season. Every day is it’s own mini-preview no more series previews. We are starting of course with opening day against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. If the Cubs are to top their reduced preseason expectations beating up on the massively rebuilding Bucs is a must.

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Thursday: 1:20 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (R) 3B

3. Bryan Reynolds (S) LF

4. Colin Moran (L) 1B

5. Kevin Newman (R) SS

6. Gregory Polanco (L) RF

7. Jacob Stallings (R) C

8. Anthony Alford (R) CF

9. Chad Kuhl (R) P

Cubs

1. Ian Happ (S) CF

2. Willson Contreras (R) C

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Kris Bryant (R) 3B

5. Joc Pederson (L) LF

6. Javier Baez (R) SS

7. Jason Heyward (L) RF

8. David Bote (R) 2B

9. Kyle Hendricks (R) P

via Baseball Press

Starting Pitchers

Via mlb.com

Game Notes

  • Since 1901, the Cubs are 62-56-2 on Opening Day. Don’t expect a tie Thursday.
  • This is Anthony Rizzo’s ninth, hopefully not last, Cubs Opening Day start.
  • Kuhl held Chicago to just 4 runs in 12.1 innings in 2020.

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    Happ did what a lead off man should do--he walked. Willson should have too; this pitcher misses the strike zone don't swing. Now it's up to KB.

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    I'd like the logo to show the number of pitches thrown, but this is better than last year. Ok, not too bad Joc, a good AB though.

  • Great lineup by rossy. Not. Batting jhey behind Baez. I wouldn’t throw Baez a strike all game.

  • Rossy needs to insert the new guys into the lineup. If he continues to bat his friends from the "Good Ole Boys Club", its going to be a long season.

  • Rosy needs needs new players.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Why, he wouldn't play them anyways. He continues to play the "Old Hitless Wonders"

    6 innings: 1 hit and 9 strikeouts against the Pirates. Bae starts off the 7th with another strikeout.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Heyward just struck out for 4 of the last 5 and 10 of the last 12 Cubs batters have struck out for a total of 11 SOs in 7 innings.

  • Heyward just struck out for 4 of the last 5 and 10 of the last 12 Cubs batters have struck out for a total of 11 SOs in 7 innings.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Ooooops, sorry about the double post.

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    This could be a long season.

  • Did this game look familiar to anyone?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Unfortunately, yes.

  • Just won game, of course. But i imagine the feel good Spring Training offensive glow will fade quickly. Oh, and Darvish got rocked. Just one game, but wonder how people will view that trade now.

  • In reply to cubs09:

    Trading Darvish wasn't what bothered me. Signaling they weren't planning on seriously contending for a WS until at least '26 - '27 did.

    My guess is they'll be competitive and entertaining more often than not in '21. But certainly not among the heavyweights.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    This off-season is the key for me, & Cubs future plans. The Darvish/Caratini trade to me just signaled they wanted to cut payroll. It was just the best return the Cubs could get.

    I sure hope the Cubs increase payroll to at least near the first luxury tax penalty limit. Even during a rebuild/reload-Cubs market & ticket prices almost demands for them to spend this off-season.

  • Sean, I'm in Billings visiting my brother and sister in law. I should've hit you up to watch the opener. Sorry. Reminds me when I saw a couple of minor league games with John. I'll be back in June though.

  • Eleven walks makes me sick.

  • I know its only one game and hopefully we'll bounce back with a win, but striking out 13 times cannot continue as we cannot walk 11 batters and expect to win. Need a big bounce back victory.

  • I guess the upside of the opener was all three Cub runs were scored from third with less than two outs. Another past issue for this club. It's not just the Cubs, although we are the kings at strikeouts, mlb baseball overall needs to put the ball in play more. The three outcome game, in general, is boring.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    This probably isn't the thread to hash these Issues out, but the extreme shifts are a problem as well. We are playing a version of what kids call 'Indian ball', stacking defenders on one side of the field. A batter can battle, hit the ball hard, which isn't easy, and have little chance for a hit, unless that batter makes poor contact on a late half swing. Defenders should have to, at least, stay on their half of the field. The game has morphed into a non spectator sport.

  • I can understand that one game in no way defines how a team will do in a full season. However, this has been going on for YEARS with very little change. This lineup is close to the same lineup for how many years and just about the only changes are that the Core Players HAVE BEEN REGRESSING for each YEAR.

    If Rossy doesn't shake up this lineup then he may be leaving with the free agents that don't show improvement this year. As a person, everyone of our players, including Rossy, are great individuals. However, as a team, they are almost below average on offense and regressing.

    In addition, I can also understand how playing in this cold weather can handicap the Players' performances but there were 2 teams playing under these same conditions and the Pirates outplayed the Cubs, by far.

  • Hendricks just never seems to be 'on' when the weather is cold early in the season. He just must not have a good feel or grip on the ball or something. And that March/April ERA is definitely an indicator. Oh well - 161 more games to play.

    To echo the others - yep - this lineup (SSS of course) still looks like one that is going to have contact issues. Too many Ks is going to be another feast or famine offense. Saw enough of that the last couple of years. Wilson looks pretty good in the #2 lineup spot though.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    Well, the opener brought out some old feelings about this team, but it is too early yet to assume that will continue.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    "It is too early yet to assume that will continue" except that it was a carbon copy of what has been happening for years.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    On the other hand, they must have doing something right 2015-17. There are things to like about the 2021 version. I'm not throwing in the towel after one game.

  • Another failed Theo Epstein draft pick. Duncan Robinson retires from baseball.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    He was the 28th pick in the 9th round and signed for $30K. Not sure what your point is.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    He made some great trades but Theo made some utterly awful draft picks as well.

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