The Cubs aren’t doing so well tonight, but there has been a few bright spots. One of them is this Mike Olt blast, Olt has been impressive so far this spring as he has his sights set on an opening day roster spot.
Bright lights for the Cubs tonight as they battle the Angels on ESPN tonight, first pitch is at 6:05 PM CST. The lineup the Cubs are trotting out tonight is worthy of the National media, and I’m sure there will be endless talk about how the Cubs are handling Kris Bryant, so tune in… Eric Jokisch gets the ball for the Cubs, he will face off against veteran right-hander Jered Weaver, and a pretty regular season looking Angels lineup. The Cubs made cuts earlier today, no surprises really (Almora, and Schwarber included), the roster now stands at 40.
1. Baez – 2B
2. Russell – SS
3. Bryant – LF
4. Soler – RF
5. Rizzo – 1B
6. Olt – 3B
7. Castillo – C
8. Jokisch – SP
9. Szczur – CF
Impressions? Kris Bryant is getting his first start in LF this spring, and Joe Maddon is once again hitting the pitcher 8th, obviously something he likes to do. Also of note, Chris Denorfia is battling a hamstring issue that will most likely keep him off the opening day roster, so Matt Szczur has another great opportunity to get noticed tonight.
I’m not even mad. Taijuan Walker put on a pitching clinic last night in what had to be the fastest spring training game in the History of ever. The Cubs couldn’t do much of anything against the young right-hander, and they could only manage six hits in the 3-2 loss. Travis Wood wasn’t terrible, he just couldn’t keep up in the five innings he worked. Wood gave up three runs on five hits, while walking two, and striking out three, his spring ERA sits at 4.19 which is fine. The pen did some work last night, Pedro Strop, Phil Coke, and Hector Rondon combined to work three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out four.
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Edwin Jackson did himself no favors today as the Athletics put a hurting on the right-hander. E-Jax gave up eight runs on nine hits in just 1.2 innings of work, his spring ERA sits at a meteoric 7.59, yuck. The result was never really in question today with the A’s scoring ten times through three frames en route to a 14-2 victory. How did the Cubs get their runs you ask? Well, the usual ways. Jorge Soler had an RBI single, and Kris Bryant increased his ridiculous home run total to nine on the spring. Bryant did make his third error of the spring this afternoon, but no one is talking about that, except the Cubs front office (wink, wink). Not a lot of things went well today, but one bright spot was the Cubs walked nine(!) times, sure they were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, but NINE WALKS.
We are twelve short days away from real Cubs baseball, which means that important decisions are looming for this coaching staff. Edwin Jackson figures to be involved in one of those decisions, in a good way or bad, depending on how you look at it. Joe Maddon has talked about thinking out of the box when it comes to Jackson by possibly piggybacking Travis Wood and Jackson in the 5th spot. I’m not a huge fan of that, but if both guys prove worthy of a roster spot then there aren’t many more options that don’t involve the Cubs eating a lot of money. E-Jax gets the ball today for the Cubs as they take on the A’s at 3:05 PM CST, the game can be heard on cubs.com, no TV. It’s unfortunate that the game is not on because the lineup is tasty today.
1. Fowler – CF
2. Lake – LF
3. Soler – RF
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Montero – C
7. Baez – 2B
8. Russell – SS
9. Jackson – SP
Still no Starlin Castro as he is working back from a groin issue.
At this point I wonder if baseball is even hard for Kris Bryant, because it doesn’t look like it is. Another day, another two dinger game for Bryant as he finished the day 2-for-2 with said two dingers, a walk, and FIVE RBI, goodness. The rest of the Cubs followed Bryant’s lead as they pounded out sixteen hits en route to scoring twelve runs to beat the Mariners 12-10. Lost in the Bryant madness is the spring that Addison Russell is having, Russell went 2-for-3 with his first homer of the spring, a run scored, and two RBI, he’s now hitting .409 on the spring. Last year the Cubs cracked their fair share of homers, this spring they have hit 28 which leads all of baseball, that includes the four they hit today (Bryant, Russell, Castillo, Bryant). After a horrendous 1-8-1 start the Cubs are now 9-10-1, playing much better baseball, and getting results.