2/21 Dempster to start Opening Day
Cubs manager Mike Quade announced Monday that Ryan Dempster will be the Opening Day starter, and will be followed by Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza. Quade said he slept on the decision Sunday night. Pitching coach Mark Riggins needed to know to get the Cactus League rotation in order. Zambrano had started six straight Opening Days for the Cubs, and is 1-2 in those outings. Quade said he talked to all three in his office Monday and all handled the decision well.
“There’s some instinct here for me,” Quade said. “I do pay attention to numbers but you weigh it out and keep looking and it’s him, him, him, and finally I said, this is the way we’re going.
“I don’t think there was a bad decision here,” he said. “I’m sitting here now so this is what I came up with.”
— Carrie Muskat