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   1. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: February 21, 2011 at 06:03 PM (#3755105)
   2. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 21, 2011 at 06:16 PM (#3755117)
I agree with everything except I believe Russell will break camp with the big club. I think the team views Marshall as a general purpose reliever and won't have any concerns about three lefties. Plus, there are no lefties in the rotation so the Cubs should expect to see lefty-heavy lineups every day.
   3. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: February 21, 2011 at 06:27 PM (#3755128)
It's very possible and probably the safer bet. I just wanted to get one complete wild card in there, since we seem to get one every year. If I go one step further on my prediction, I bet Russell is on the roster no later than May 1.
   4. Cabbage Posted: February 21, 2011 at 06:33 PM (#3755133)
I expect Wells to work out of the 5th spot within two months (what can I say, I'm optimistic about the guy)
   5. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: February 21, 2011 at 06:41 PM (#3755142)
Agreed with #2 on Russell, but otherwise I'm on the same boat when it comes to the roster.
   6. SteveM. Posted: February 22, 2011 at 01:17 AM (#3755471)
They had Perez restart switch-hitting so i expect him to start in Iowa and Johnson to be the 5th outfielder.
   7. SouthSideRyan Posted: February 22, 2011 at 05:10 AM (#3755577)
I think Silva starts on the DL with Cashner in the rotation with Russell taking his spot.

Sadly, I don't see Koyie missing the cut.
   8. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: February 22, 2011 at 04:59 PM (#3755827)
What's the 40 man situation? Wouldn't they have to cut/DL someone to get Johnson on the 40 man?

You think they'll stretch Cashner out and not use some other stop gap? I know Quade said they're going to have a 5 man rotation all year, so there will be a 5th starter.
   9. SouthSideRyan Posted: February 22, 2011 at 06:46 PM (#3755967)
My quick count has the 40 man roster at 39.
   10. Weeks T. Olive Posted: February 22, 2011 at 11:04 PM (#3756206)
I plan on doing an optimistic and pessimistic list of predictions like last year.

Seems as though I must eat an angelfood cake.

Damn - you beat me 9-5-1 by my count, though it was actually closer than I expected - just a couple more starts by Z and missing Cashner's back to back 6 run blowups and it would have been 8-7.
   11. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: February 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM (#3756220)
Huzzah! I forgot about that, even though I linked that article.
   12. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 22, 2011 at 11:53 PM (#3756246)
Since most of the roster positions appear pretty set, it might be more fun to guess the sixth starter priority list. Now, assuming Wells and Silva are numbers 4 and 5 then here is how I see it:

Braden Looper (he is the sleeper with the best chance to make the roster, I think)
Chris Carpenter (getting up in years and the Cubs need to see what they have in him)
Cashner
Jay Jackson
Jeff Stevens
   13. SouthSideRyan Posted: February 23, 2011 at 05:59 PM (#3756692)
Moses,

I seem to recall Quade pretty much outright saying Cashner would be a starter at the Cubs Convention. Obviously things change, but indications seem to give him the leg up. I just hope it's not at Wells's expense.
   14. SouthSideRyan Posted: February 25, 2011 at 06:55 PM (#3758217)
Sign of the times: Got in for tickets around noon, and was able to get 4 opening day 400 level tickets.
   15. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM (#3759261)
moreland doesnt sound too bad on the radio, seems pretty informative and should be good to listen to
   16. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: February 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM (#3759264)
Lineup: Castro, Colvin, Ramirez, Pena, Soriano, Byrd, Soto, DeWitt.


Best hitter on the team batting seventh. Sounds about right.
   17. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: February 27, 2011 at 11:03 PM (#3759292)
Sadly, I don't see Koyie missing the cut.

I laughed.

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