Opening Day is Here…Sort Of
It’s game day for the Cubs. Today is the first step on the journey to a repeat championship. Honestly, did you ever think you’d read that sentence? I sure did not ever think I’d type it when I started this blog back in 2003, but nevertheless we’re here. Let’s get you caught up on everything that went on in the news yesterday as we look forward to the action this afternoon.
The Lineup Card(s)
The Cubs have two games slated for today. One against the Giants and one with the A’s. Both games are at 3pm EDT and the game against the A’s will be on MLB.tv. The lineups for both are out and look like this:
Against the A’s – Mike Montgomery (SP)
- Jason Heyward – RF
- Kris Bryant – 3B
- Anthony Rizzo – 1B
- Ben Zobrist – 2B
- Addison Russell – SS
- Willson Contreras – C
- Jon Jay – CF
- Matt Szczur – LF
- Ian Happ – DH
Against the Giants – Rob Zastryzny (SP)
- Kyle Schwarber – LF
- Javier Baez – 2B
- Jeimer Candelario – 3B
- Miguel Montero – C
- Albert Almora – CF
- Chris Dominguez – 1B
- John Andreoli – RF
- Munenori Kawasaki – SS
- Mark Zagunis – DH
Strop Got Paid
The Cubs signed an extension with Pedro Strop to keep him in Chicago as long as possibly 2019. The new deal has Strop slated to make $5.85 mil in 2018 and then the Cubs have an option for 2019 with a $500K buyout. If accepted, the 2019 season will pay $6.25 mil.
I like Strop, a lot. He’s been one of my “boyfriends” since coming to the Cubs. We all have those guys that we just like and Strop has been that for me. I think he often gets overlooked as a piece in that deal with Baltimore that brought Jake Arrieta to Chicago. In his time with the Cubs, Strop has gotten under people’s skin with the titled hat thing, but look at his numbers. The guy puts up great numbers. Since coming to Chicago, he’s got an ERA of 2.68 in 211+ innings of work, averaging almost 11 K’s per 9 IP.
- Baez has new ink. Call me old school, but I’m not a fan. I have one on my arm and wish I never would have gotten it.
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 24, 2017
- The Cubs considered bringing in Chase Utley to play off the bench. Why?!?!?
FWIW: #Cubs had brief conversations with Utley about a pinch-hitting role, per sources. Talks did not grow serious. Team never made offer.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 22, 2017
- Five Baseball Movies You May Not Have Ever Seen (Source)
- Holes that need fixing for all 30 MLB teams. (Source)
Enjoy the action today. It’s good to have baseball back. Doug will be back around 3p with a tribute to Ron Santo