No, I don't blame Carlos Villanueva for anything. He's stepping up as the Cubs' pitching plans immediately get put to the test. But in other links, we're rehashing who is to blame for the playoff series that shall not be named.
Congrats to Shark for getting the opening day start. I'm more than happy to say I was wrong about him as a starter.
From Comcast SportsNet
- (Video) His opening day start will be the next step in Jeff Samardzija's evolution.
- The big picture is coming into focus for the Cubs.
- (Video) Anthony Rizzo talks about the WBC and whether he could play for Team USA in the future.
- Terry Francona thinks Dale Sveum is the right man for the job.
- With Matt Garza out, the Cubs are looking for the next man up.
From Cubs Den
- Anarchist's brunch: Not much in here, frankly, but he does list some players to root for.
- Scott Baker and Matt Garza are both likely to start the season on the disabled list. When they come back, they may be competing to see who sticks around.
- Carlos Villanueva is just focused on doing his part.
- And he'll be doing that part in the starting rotation when the season opens up.
- Getting released by the Seattle Mariners turned out to be a blessing in disguise for veteran reliever Shawn Camp.
- (Video) Anthony Rizzo and Dale Sveum talk about Cub expectations.
- (Video) James Russell comments on the new look Cub bullpen.
- (Video) Nate Schierholtz has felt very welcomed by the Cubs.
- Even while he rehabs, Ian Stewart is confident the Cubs will keep him.
- (Video) Dale Sveum talks about the starting pitching depth, which will be tested early.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Theo Epstein and Terry Francona are still quite a pair.
From the Daily Herald (account registry for all)
- Well, Bruce has made it to Arizona. He wonders if the Cub bench will be more than a punch line this season.
- Get ready to relive the Cubs' 2003 playoff nightmare. The networks are ready to rehash that painful memory. Side note on this. I don't blame Bartman, or AGon, or Dusty. I blame my friend and then roommate Dave. See, at the time of that infamous '03 playoff series, I was working the morning shift (1-10 a.m.) at a TV station in Orlando. So I was watching the game at home with my girlfriend since I would still need to steal some sleep before work. But with the Cubs up big and on their way to the World Series (or so we thought), Dave called me out to the bar to celebrate. By the time we got to the bar, trouble was brewing -- and you know the rest. So when those old wounds are torn off, just blame my friend Dave for the jinx.
- Baseball Prospectus isn't just for nerds anymore. Now geek is chic in baseball.
Today's food for thought
- Welcome to the year of the comet.