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Taking swings at the Cubs' opener

Wait, aren’t Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol supposed to be the proven guys in the Cubs bullpen?

The Cubs seem as capable of running themselves out of games as pitching themselves out of them. I thought this was a new season.

It might’ve only been one start, but Ryan Dempster is pitching well enough to get traded.

Dempster escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the first and a bases-loaded, one-out problem in the third. Hearts of an order aren’t what they used to be.

Perhaps more importantly, Dempster fired a 1-2-3 shutdown inning after the Cubs got him a lead.

That lead came when Marlon Byrd delivered a two-out RBI single to put the Cubs up 1-0 in the fourth. Surprisingly, Byrd wasn’t traded before Geovany Soto batted.

David DeJesus, meet Wrigley’s windy, sunny right field.

The Cubs ran a lot in spring training, which seems to go against the “Moneyball’’ metrics. Alfonso Soriano was thrown out trying to steal third with one out in the fourth before the Cubs pushed across a run in an inning that might’ve been bigger, which is why running goes against the “Moneyball’’ metrics.

Bryan LaHair missed the Cubs opener because of a bad back, and I’m thinking, Anthony Rizzo wants to know how bad.

I root for Darwin Barney. If only he could become Dustin Pedroia with training wheels.

Wayne Messmer still gets it done, even without the entire place clapping.

What would Opening Day at Wrigley be without players wearing parkas and wool caps?

At some point, I’m sure the Cubs will work deep counts. The first inning was not that point. DeJesus flew out to center on the second pitch. Barney grounded out on the first one he saw. Starlin Castro popped up the second pitch. And Soriano flied out on the second offering he got.

Then again, when Stephen Strasburg throws nothing but strikes, there’s no choice.

Seems unfair that Strasburg has THAT fastball and THAT curveball.

First error of the Cubs season? Ian Stewart and his defensive reputation. Aramis Ramirez could’ve done that.

Shirt seen: Sveumus catuli.

With one out and the bases loaded, Dale Sveum did not position his infield at double-play depth. He’ll apparently take one out even on a day when runs didn’t figure to be abundant.

I know expectations for the Cubs are low, but low enough to lose to a team with Adam LaRoche batting cleanup?

Then again, this helps the Cubs’ draft position.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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