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    Default Pirates Are Getting Cubs Ryan Dempster For Opener

    MLB Notebook: Dempster to start opener vs. Pirates
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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    Ryan Dempster was selected by Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade to start the season opener April 1 against the Pirates.

    Dempster was picked over right-hander Carlos Zambrano, who has started the past six openers for the Cubs. Zambrano will start the second game followed by Matt Garza in third game of the opening series. The Cubs obtained Garza from Tampa Bay.

    "We know they are 1, 2 and 3," Quade said. "They're all going to need to pitch well. I looked at matchups. It's opening day, OK, and it's a big deal. But I looked at matchups going into Milwaukee, so on and so forth. There's 100 reasons that go into this."

    Zambrano has a 9-5 record with a 3.19 ERA at Milwaukee's Miller Park. The Cubs open a series there April 8, and Zambrano will be scheduled to pitch that game.

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    Works for me. We were pretty lousy last year except against Ryan Dempster
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    its nice to know the cubs are looking right past the pirates and straight to the brewers. ****ers

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    its nice to know the cubs are looking right past the pirates and straight to the brewers. ****ers
    I hope it happens all season long. Actually I hope it happens all season long when we play on the road since we are dreadful in a million ways on the road
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    If the Pirates can get the road woes worked out they could be decent. That seems to be the quickest route to significant improvement. They had to have led MLB with the biggest discrepancy between home and away record.
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    Works for me. We were pretty lousy last year except against Ryan Dempster
    The Pirates actually handled the Cubs even when Dempster wasn't starting. They went 10-5 against them overall and 5-4 at Wrigley. Of the 8 times the Pirates scored 10 or more runs 3 came against the Cubs (2 at Wrigley).

    The only other teams the Pirates put up a winning record against were Arizona (4-2), Colorado (4-3), Cleveland (2-1), and Philadelphia (somehow 4-2).

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    If the Pirates can get the road woes worked out they could be decent. That seems to be the quickest route to significant improvement. They had to have led MLB with the biggest discrepancy between home and away record.
    This is where i get irritated with the people who say Pirate fans should boycott going to the games.

    There HOME record hasn't been bad over the years. So, going to a game, you have a decent chance of seeing a good game, AND a win (and maybe a promotion)

    If they could get their road record some where respectable - they would be IMO looked at a little better as a professional sports team.

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    This is where i get irritated with the people who say Pirate fans should boycott going to the games.

    There HOME record hasn't been bad over the years. So, going to a game, you have a decent chance of seeing a good game, AND a win (and maybe a promotion)

    If they could get their road record some where respectable - they would be IMO looked at a little better as a professional sports team.
    We saw a great game at Tavernfest last year.

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    The Pirates actually handled the Cubs even when Dempster wasn't starting. They went 10-5 against them overall and 5-4 at Wrigley. Of the 8 times the Pirates scored 10 or more runs 3 came against the Cubs (2 at Wrigley).

    The only other teams the Pirates put up a winning record against were Arizona (4-2), Colorado (4-3), Cleveland (2-1), and Philadelphia (somehow 4-2).
    I had no idea we had a winning record against the Phillies. Now that you mention it, I do remember having the Cubs number last year. I remember taking some series from them, which was a rarity for the Pirates last season
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    We saw a great game at Tavernfest last year.
    Yeah we did. It's not often you get to go to games and see that type of Offensive output. That's probably the most runs scored in any game I've ever attended
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    The Pirates actually handled the Cubs even when Dempster wasn't starting. They went 10-5 against them overall and 5-4 at Wrigley. Of the 8 times the Pirates scored 10 or more runs 3 came against the Cubs (2 at Wrigley).

    The only other teams the Pirates put up a winning record against were Arizona (4-2), Colorado (4-3), Cleveland (2-1), and Philadelphia (somehow 4-2).
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    This is where i get irritated with the people who say Pirate fans should boycott going to the games.

    There HOME record hasn't been bad over the years. So, going to a game, you have a decent chance of seeing a good game, AND a win (and maybe a promotion)

    If they could get their road record some where respectable - they would be IMO looked at a little better as a professional sports team.
    It can be said that the Pirates have a ton of things to improve on but to be honest, none os more glaring than their performances on the road. If you look beyond the record, player splits are abysmal on the road. This is an area I believe where coaching is important. There's a motivation, preparation, mental aspect to playing on the road, that we simply had none of under John Russell. The biggest improvement for this team could be just from an improvement of playing on the road which could be achieved by simple reversing that motivation, preparation, mental aspect than a big lack of talent
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    If the Pirates can get the road woes worked out they could be decent. [HIGH-LIGHT]That seems to be the quickest route to significant improvement[/HIGH-LIGHT]. They had to have led MLB with the biggest discrepancy between home and away record.
    If Clint Hurtle does nothing else,if he can close that gap,I'll be extremely happy.
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    This year, like the 100-plus that preceded it, the Chicago Cubs will disappoint their fans. Problem is, in an age of endless entertainment outlets, the Cubbies are finding increasingly difficult to get people to show up to Wrigley Field and watch a group of 9 incompetent men try to play baseball, which explains why they’re now posting billboards around Chicago that don’t just promote the Cubs, but their more talented opponents—like the Yankees. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and we have a few more ideas for billboards to get asses in the seats in Wrigleyville.
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    I hate the Cubs even more than I hate the Yankees
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    I hate the Cubs even more than I hate the Yankees
    That's saying something. Don't know if I hate anyone worse than the Yankees though. #2 would be the Brewers.

    Bad news is the Cubs are supposed to be major players for Pujols, assuming the Cards don't pony up.

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