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I've been playing MVP for awhile, but I just found these forums so I didn't know about all these. I think they're pretty cool, so I'm gonna make my own. I would be the Phillies, but I already completed a season as them. So I'm going to be my second favorite team, the Cubs!

Difficulty: All-Star

Sliders: Default

Rosters: Ultimate Rosters 2.3

Other: StrikeZone ON / Hot Colds ON / Pitch Cursor FADE / Fielding MANUAL

I hope you enjoy! I'll start it tomorrow.

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2005 Opening Day Roster

LF - Todd Hollandsworth - 1yr, 900k

The Cubs are expecting to see more of the 2004 Hollandsworth, before he got injured. The team will need him to step up big time to make up for the loss of Alou.

LF - Jason DuBois - 1yr, 300k

After a great campaign at AAA last year, DuBois has made the 25-man for the first time in his young career. He will get the occasional start, but will more be used as the main pinch hitter.

LF - Jerry Hairston Jr. - 1yr, 1.8mil

Jerry came over in the Sosa trade with Baltimore. He is a very good young hitter, but unfortunately doesn't have a starting spot. Due to his flexibility, he will probably get 2-3 starts a week, as he can play many different positions.

CF - Corey Patterson - 1yr, 2.8mil

Corey had a disappointing 2004 season, and needs to rebound if he wants to stay at the Major League level. However, he has no easy task before him, as the Cubs want him to leadoff.

CF - Jose Macias - 1yr, 800k

Jose will mainly be used as a late inning replacement, and a pinch runner. He doesn't expect to get many starts.

RF - Jeromy Burnitz - 1yr, 5mil

Jeromy set career high's last year in many different offensive categories with the Colorado Rockies, and will look to build on that this season with the Cubs. He is looking to make his first postseason this year, and he thinks the Cubs can take him there.

3B - Aramis Ramirez - 4yr, 10.5mil

Ramirez broke out in 2004, setting career highs in almost every offensive category. That could have something to do with his huge contract extension. The Cubs are looking for Aramis to step up big time to help with the power loss of Alou and Sosa.

SS - Nomar Garciaparra - 1yr, 8mil

After a disappointing 2004 season, Nomar signed a 1 year deal with the Cubs to prove he can still play. The Cubs are expecting big things from the former rookie of the year.

2B - Todd Walker - 1yr, 2.5mil

Todd Walker came back after the Cubs let Mark Grudzielanek go. Todd will hit 2nd, and the Cubs are expecting a big season from him.

2B - Neifi Perez - 1yr, 1mil

Perez will get the occasional start at short or second, but mostly is just a late inning replacement.

1B - Derek Lee - 2yr, 7.5mil

The 2003 Gold Glove winner looks to break out this season. He just missed his first 100RBI season last year, and hopes to help the Cubs make the playoffs.

C - Michael Barret - 3yr, 4mil

Michael Barret set career highs offensively last season, and looks to add to those in 2005. The Cubs have not had a solid catcher like Barret for decades, and are hoping last year wasn't a fluke.

C - Henry Blanco - 2yr, 2.7mil

Henry Blanco used to play for the Braves, and was the personal catcher for Greg Maddux. The Cubs expect to use him in a similiar role this season.

SP - Mark Prior - 1yr, 300k

Mark Prior looks to rebound after an injury riddled 2004 campaign, although he did look like his 2003 form in the second half last year. Mark only has 1 year left on his contract, and he has to prove to the Cubs he is worth an extension.

SP - Carlos Zambrano - 1yr, 3.8mil

Carlos Zambrano, or Big Z as the Cubs call him, blossomed into one of the leagues best pitchers after a great 2004 campaign. He will look to build on that this year.

SP - Kerry Wood - 2yr, 10.8mil

Kerry Wood has been somewhat of a disappointment so far, and the Cubs are expecting big things from Kerry this season.

SP - Greg Maddux - 2yr, 8mil

Greg Maddux was brought in 2 years ago, and extended his own record of consecutive 15-win seasons, winning 16 last season. He will look to do so again this year.

SP - Glendon Rusch - 2yr, 2mil

Glendon Rusch was the man for the Cubs last year, as he was called upon to fill the shoes of Prior and Wood early on in the season, and he wouldn't disappoint. He looks to continue his great success as a Cub this year.

RP - Scott Williamson - 1yr, 300k

Scott Williamson will likely be the Cub's closer this season, after being signed after the Red Sox let him walk.

RP - Ryan Dempster - 1yr, 500k

Dempster looks to rebound from Tommy John surgery a year ago, and he will start off in the pen, hoping to move up to the rotation later in the season.

RP - LaTroy Hawkins - 2yr, 3.7mil

LaTroy Hawkins was dominant as a set up man in 2003 for the Minnesota Twins, but struggled in 2004 after being named the Cub's closer. He should feel more comfortable this year, as he gets to return to being the Cubs set up man.

RP - Mike Remligner - 1yr, 3.6mil

This very well could be Mike's last year as a Cub, as he never really lived up to the hype as a Cub. Look for him to be traded if the Cubs fall out of it early.

RP - Todd Wellemyer - 1yr, 300k

Wellemyer earned his first Opening Day roster spot this season, after impressing the Cubs in Spring Training. He has developed a nasty straight change, and the Cubs expect big things from the young righty.

RP - Michael Wuertz - 1yr, 300k

Michael Wuertz had one of the best sliders in the Cub's organization heading into Spring Training this season, and he sure showed it. After dominating in Mesa, he joins Todd Wellemyer with his first Opening Day roster spot.

RP - Chad Fox - 1yr, 1.3mil

Chad Fox looks to rebound after an injury riddled 2004 campaign with the Florida Marlins. The Cubs expect to use him in a middle relief role.

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Dusty Baker submits his starting lineup!

Starting Lineup:

CF Corey Patterson

2B Todd Walker

SS Nomar Garciaparra

3B Aramis Ramirez

RF Jeromy Burnitz

1B Derek Lee

LF Todd Hollandsworth

C Michael Barret

Starting Rotation:

SP Mark Prior

SP Kerry Wood

SP Carlos Zambrano

SP Greg Maddux

SP Glendon Rusch


C Henry Blanco

2B Neifi Perez

LF Jason DuBois

LF Jerry Hairston Jr.

CF Jose Macias


LRP Ryan Dempster

MRP Chad Fox

MRP Mike Remligner

MRP Michael Wuertz

MRP Todd Wellemyer

SU LaTroy Hawkins

CL Scott Williamson

Next game @ Arizona

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-Thanks for the advice.

-I think I'm going to stick with Burnitz 5th for now. I'd rather avoid going R/R/R/L/L in the middle of the order, and Burnitz has better stats against righties in the game.

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Game 1: Cubs @ Diamondbacks

Prior on the Mark; Nomar powers Cubs to W


left: Nomar hits his 2nd homerun of the day, right: Arizona's dugout shakes heads after loss

The Cubs didn't waste anytime with Vasquez. After back to back singles by Walker and Nomar in the 1st, Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double to plate the first run of the game. Burnitz grounded out to short, and Nomar scored as the Cubs led after 1, 2-0.

Mark Prior would help out his own cause, delivering an RBI single up the middle in the 2nd to score Todd Hollandsworth. Later, Nomar Garciaparra would add his 4th hit of the day in the 7th, a 2-run shot that scored Todd Walker, and put the Cubs up 6-0.

Prior was in complete control of this game from pitch 1, as he would strike out 10 Arizona hitters through just 5 innings. He would finish the game with 14 K's.

Cubs Talk:

Mark Prior: It feels great to go out there and know that you gave your team a chance to a ball game. Everything went our way today. It was a Cub's day.

Dusty Baker: That's how every team wants to start the season. Prior went out there and pitched his heart out, and it fired up the offense to score some runs. We'll look to build on this win tomorrow.

Hitting Noteables:

Nomar Garciaparra: 4/5 2 HR, 3 RBI

Aramis Ramirez: 2/4, RBI

Craig Counsel: 2/4

Player of the Game: Mark Prior - 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 14 SO


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Game 2: Cubs @ Diamonbacks

Wood Blanks D'Backs, Cubs W


left:Barret hits a 3-run jack, right: Derek Lee and Nomar Garciaparra celebrate the win

Nomar got the Cubs started in the 3rd, after a single with men at the corners put the Cubs up, 1-0. The next run didn't cross the plate until the top of the 8th, when Todd Hollandsworth did his part on the hit and run, as Ramirez scored from 2nd on a single to left field.

Michael Barret topped it off with a 2 run bomb to right field, to put the Cubs up, 5-0 late. Wood got the first 2 outs easily in the 8th, but trouble was brewing. After back to back singles, manager Dusty Baker made the call to the pen, as Michael Wuertz made his first appearnce of the season. An easy flyball to left field ended the threat, and the game reached the final inning.

Wuertz stayed on in the ninth, and got the Diamondbacks down in order. The Cubs won their 2nd in a row, and remain undefeated on the season.

Cubs Talk:

Aramis Ramirez: Today was a good win. Everyone did their part, and Kerry was outstanding. Whenever a pitcher does what he did today, it takes alot of pressure off us hitters. Good game.

Jerry Hairston Jr: Great win today. I got my first AB of the season, and I hit a double. Pretty good start. The feeling in the clubhouse is great. Everyone's pumped up. It's something special.

Hitting Noteables:

Nomar Garciaparra: 2/5 RBI

Aramis Ramirez: 2/4 R

Michael Barret: 1/4 Hr, 3 RBI

Royce Clayton: 2/4 2 2B

Player of the Game: Kerry Wood - 7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 9 SO


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Game 3: Cubs @ Diamondbacks

Zambrano 3 Hitter, Cubs Complete Sweep


left: Ramirez connects for his first homer of season, Cubs dugout celebrats the win

Michael Barret has been on fire at the plate this season, and he came through again in the 4th. With 2 outs, and runners at the corners, Barret found the right-center gap and plated both the first and second runs of the game, to give Zambrano an early lead.

Carlos Zambrano dominated the first 4 innings, retiring the first 12 men he faced. But Aramis Ramirez would add some insurance runs just to be safe, as his first bomb of the year came in the top of the 5th, a 2-run blast to put the Cubs up 4-0.

The Diamondbacks didn't get the first baserunner until the 7th inning, on a 1 out single by Royce Clayton. Although the Arizona hitters would leave him stranded at first, as it didn't seem to affect Carlos at all.

Zambrano had given up only 1 hit through the first 8 2/3 innings, until Craig Counsel singled to set up a 2-run homer by Royce Clayton to end the shutout. Big Z would strike out Gonzalez on 3 pitches to end the game.

Cubs Talk:

Carlos Zambrano: I didn't end the game on the greatest note, but we did win the game, and that's all that matters. Now we get to head home with the right attitude, and everything is looking good right now.

Dusty Baker: Now that's how you get it done. Opening up the season on road never sounds promising at first, but we played great. I couldn't be more pleased.

Hitting Noteables:

Aramis Ramirez: 2/4 1 HR, 2 RBI

Derek Lee: 3/4 2 SB

Carlos Zambrano: 4/4

Royce Clayton: 2/4 1 HR, 2 RBI

Player of the Game: Aramis Ramirez - 2/4 1 HR, 2 RBI, Game Winning Homerun

Player of the Series: Michael Barret - .333 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI


Injury Report:

The Rangers have place pitcher Kenny Rogers on the DL, and will be out for 12 days, after straining his right rib cage on a comebacker.

Mark Bellhorn has been place on the 15-day DL, after he fractured his right knee. Mark is expected to be out for 34 days.

Next Series: Brewers @ Cubs

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Game 1: Brewers @ Cubs

Maddux at His Finest, 4 in a Row


left: Lee goes deep for first time in 2005, right: Williamson earns his first save as a Cub

The Brewers left 5 men on base through to first 2 innings, and Derek Lee made them pay with a 2 out solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd, his first homer of the season. The next run of the game didn't come until the bottom of the 6th, when Aramis Ramirez doubled in Todd Walker to put the Cubs up, 2-0.

Scott Williamson came on in the ninth for his first save oppurtunity of the season, and he did it in fine fashion, retiring the Brewers hitters on just 3 pitches.

The Cubs have extended their winning streak to 4 games, and are undefeated on the season. During this stretch, they have allowed just 2 runs.

Cubs Talk:

Derek Lee: Everything is falling into place. We just need to keep on winning games, and this season could be something special.

Corey Patterson: I wish I could do my part in all this. I haven't been performing well, but guys like Todd and Nomar hitting behind me have picked me up. All that matters is that we're finding ways to win ball games, and the pitching has been incredible. Those guys are so good at what they do, they make everything easier on us. It's gonna happen this year. I can feel it.

Hitting Noteables:

Aramis Ramirez: 2/4 2B, RBI

Derek Lee: 3/3 HR, RBI, SB

Brady Clark: 2/4 SB

Player of the Game: Derek Lee - 3/3 HR, RBI, SB


This set up is slightly different, but I think it's easier on the eyes. I'll use this one from now on.

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