March 2012

Rizzo, and Jackson Among Today’s Cuts

I think we all saw this one coming, but a few people may have been holding out hope that the Cubs two top prospects would make the club with outstanding spring efforts.  Today that hope came to an end as the Cubs sent Brett Jackson, and Anthony Rizzo to Triple-A Iowa.

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Cubs Use Long Ball to Down Rangers

Story of the day today was the Cubs bats, as they launched four bombs in route to a 11-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.  Matt Garza also found a groove on the mound turning in his longest outing of the Spring with five solid innings.  The defense didn’t help Garza out today, committing three errors in five innings behind Garza, he ended the day giving up three runs all unearned.

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Sonnanstine Outrighted

The Cubs trimmed another number off their camp roster today by outrighting Andy Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa.  Sonnanstine, who was signed by the Cubs on December 26 has been particularly bad this spring.  The 29-year-old right hander gave up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three.  Sonnanstine was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring, he could still help the Cubs out down the road later this season, but that remains to be seen.  The move takes Sonnanstine off of the Cubs 40-man roster which now stands at 39 players.  The Cubs camp roster is down to 47 players, 21 pitchers, five catchers, and 12 infielders.

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– George Cotugno

March 22, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Rangers

Cubs face the Rangers today…… again.  Matt Garza takes the ball today, hoping to get a good 5-6 innings of work in.  The game can be listened to or watched live on Cubs.com.  This is an exclusive broadcast, and I believe it is free, if it isn’t you can blame me for lying to you.  Here’s how the Cubs lineup today.  Go Cubs!

SS Barney
2B DeWitt
LF Soriano
1B LaHair
C Soto
3B Stewart
CF Mather
DH Clevenger
RF Sappelt

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– George Cotugno

Backup Catcher Battle Heating Up

Spring training is always a great stage for a competitive hard fought position battle, this year is no exception.  Enter Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo, the two men fighting tooth and nail for the backup catcher position.  Coming into the spring I knew that Geovany Soto’s backup was a position to be had for a number of candidates, I just didn’t think more than one guy would stand out.  Let’s meet the two men vying for the position.

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Strasburg to Start Opening Day in Wrigley

Davey Johsnon has announced that Stephen Strasburg will be the Washington Nationals opening day starter against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, April 5th.  He has never been to Chicago, let alone Wrigley Field, but obviously said it is a “tremendous honor.”  Hopefully we can make his first appearance in Wrigley one he would like to forget.  The Cubs have yet to announce their opening day starter, it appears it will either be Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster.

Go Cubs!

Mark Sorrentino

Cubs Falter Late in Both Games, Get a Marmol Injury Scare

The Cubs played well for the majority of both games today but ended up tied in one, and lost the other.  The Cubs held a solid lead all day against the A’s, but a three run ninth inning by the A’s forced the game to extra’s and that’s where it ended tied at five.  In the other game, Ryan Dempster turned in the longest outing by a Cubs pitcher all Spring going 6 strong innings, however the Cubs couldn’t break thru against Rangers pitching and dropped a well-played ball game 6-2.  The other interesting, or, concerning news for Cubs fans was that Carlos Marmol had to leave the game against the Rangers after a visit from the trainer, more on that later.

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March 20, 2012 – Cubs Split-Squad Lineups

Ryan Dempster starts against the Rangers, and Rodrigo Lopez starts against the A’s.  Ian Stewart is back in the lineup after being slowed by a slow right quad and some linering issues.

Vs. Rangers in Mesa

RF DeJesus
CF Byrd
SS Castro
2B Baker
C Soto
3B DeWitt
LF Johnson
1B Rizzo
P Dempster

Vs. Athletics in Phoenix

LF Campana
2B Barney
3B Stewart
DH Mather
1B LaHair
C Clevenger
RF Sappelt
CF Jackson
SS Amezaga

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George Cotugno

Great Day for Cubs Not Named Travis Wood

The Cubs offense exploded in the first inning today, scoring seven runs off of Seattle starter Jason Vargas.  Believe it or not, that wasn’t enough for Travis Wood as he continues to really struggle with his mechanics and command.  Wood who is vying for a spot in the Cubs rotation is pitching himself right out of it.   Wood gave up seven runs on seven hits over two innings of work, and has now given up 13 runs on 13 hits in 4 and 2/3rds innings this Spring.

 

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Mather Continues to Make Strong Case

Joe Mather continues to impress as he hit a game winning solo homerun yesterday against the Texas Rangers.  He is making a strong case to make the opening day roster with a rather impressive spring thus far.  Not only has Mather had a nice spring with the bat, but his versatility should only improve his chances of making the team.  He can play the corner outfield spots and can also play both corner spots in the infield.  Mather, 29 hits from the right side of the plate, which if he makes the team he should get plenty of playing time against left-handed pitching as he could spell DeJesus, LaHair, and Sewart. (more…)

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