This is beyond stupid at this point, Kris Bryant just took King Felix deep, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a performance like Bryant’s this spring. Bryant took a 2-2 pitch over the left center field wall against arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Video as soon as I get it.
Nothing was going right for the Cubs early on as Travis Wood couldn’t keep the ball down, and the Sox took advantage. A three spot for the Sox in the first put the Cubs in a hole but they successfully dug out with the long ball. On the day, the Cubs “B” lineup cracked four dingers, turning that 3-0 deficit into a 10-7 victory. Back to Wood, he worked in and out of trouble all day, he tossed 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on eleven (!) hits while walking none, and striking out two. Back to the dingers, David Ross, Arismendy Alcantara, Taylor Teagarden, and Anthony Giansanti all left the yard, tasty. It was another strong game from Albert Almora, no he didn’t take a lot of pitches, but finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .381 on the spring.
The Cubs announced today that Jon Lester‘s next start will be pushed back as the left-hander is dealing with a dead arm right now. Joe Maddon further elaborated on this being a precautionary move saying that Lester is still likely for opening night. While you never want to hear anything about a pitchers arm, this is most likely nothing, and the Cubs just being extra careful with Lester so that he can be strong when it counts. Most pitchers go through something like this in the spring around this time, so I’m not concerned, and I don’t think you should be either.
It’s the first taste of the 2015 Cubs/White Sox rivalry today at 3:05 PM CST on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs as he closes in on the 5th spot in the rotation, if his arm doesn’t fall off today then I think he’s announced as said 5th starter shortly. A number of regulars are on the bench today after playing last night against the D-Backs, still some exciting players to watch. One of those players is Albert Almora, he’s having a tremendous spring and looks to be healthy and ready to break out this year.
1. La Stella – 3B
2. Alcantara – 2B
3. Sweeney – RF
4. Lake – LF
5. Baxter – 1B
6. Almora – CF
7. Ross – C
8. Herrera – SS
9. Wood – SP
The Cubs are also participating in a B game today, it really doesn’t count, tell that to the baseball that was just annihilated. Thanks to Jason Witt (@JasonWitt) for getting it.
— Jason Witt (@jasonwitt) March 19, 2015
Here's video of the Bryant HR. pic.twitter.com/Thvi4NIW9a
— Ivy Envy (@IvyEnvy) March 19, 2015
The Cubs and Diamondbacks battle under the lights tonight, 8:40 PM CST to be exact, and the game is on CSN Chicago. Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Cubs tonight looking to build on a strong start his last time out. Decisions are looming in regards to who makes the team, and specifically who makes the rotation. The 5th spot looks to be coming down to Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson, I think Wood has that spot nailed down, but then that leaves a question mark of what to do with Jackson. A good start might go a long way for Jackson who I don’t think will be an effective arm out of the pen, he really hasn’t been effective in the rotation either, we’ll see.
1. Fowler – CF
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Soler – RF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Baez – 2B
8. Castillo – C
9. Jackson – SP
As we get closer to opening day I thought we would share a Cubs video each night to help pass the time, and get pumped up for 2015. Tonight’s video is of Jake Arrieta flirting with perfection in Boston, Jake was lights out that night, and just came up short, but enjoy the video anyway.