Today, the Cubs announced that Jeff Samardzija will open the season in Pittsburgh, as he did in 2013. Rick Renteria said it was an easy decision to make, and I would have to agree, Shark is the top guy while he is here with this group. I’m not sure Travis Wood was given any consideration, but wouldn’t be surprised if he was given his stellar 2013. Wood will follow Samardzija, and Edwin Jackson will pitch game three in Pittsburgh, just a short 17 days away.
Dale Sveum announced today that Ryan Dempster will be the opening day starter for the 2012 Chicago Cubs season. Should be an awesome day at Wrigley Field on April 5th, as the Nationals and Cubs square off, Dempster vs Strasburg.
Fresh off a disappointing 2011 campaign, Ryan Dempster got back to work this off-season on and off the field. To have success moving forward, Dempster had to forget about the past, “I forgot about last April,” Dempster said. “I put that behind me.” Dempster has already moved on from last year, and he’s ready to prove that he belongs at the top of the rotation, and judging by the Spring he has had so far, he’s well on his way. His new head coach has already noticed it,