KRIS BRYANT! Two More Bombs Today (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant was scratched from the lineup today with a sore shoulder, the plan was for him to take over for Anthony Rizzo after one AB, he did.  He then hit two BOMBS, the kid now has SIX dingers on the spring season, this is amazing.  The game isn’t on TV today, but if I get the videos I will post them.

Video of 2nd dinger

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Spring Fever – March 14, 2015 (Cubs Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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Two more games today as the Cubs take on the Athletics at 2:05 PM CST in Vegas, and also battle the Brewers at 3:05 PM CST.  Kyle Hendricks gets the ball against the A’s, the game can be listened to through mlb.tv, but there is no TV.  Back in Arizona, Edwin Jackson will take the mound against the Brewers, the game can be watched, and listened to on mlb.tv with a subscription.  It’s a big start for Jackson as he needs to show this coaching staff something or else he will not be in the rotation, I still think he loses out to Travis Wood.

vs. Athletics – 2:05 PM CST -Vegas

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – DH
3. Soler – RF
4. Bryant 3B
5. Lake – LF
6. La Stella – 2B
7. Valaika – 1B
8. Teagarden – C
9. Herrera – SS

SP – Kyle Hendricks

@ Brewers – 3:05 PM CST

1. Coghlan – LF
2. Alcantara – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. Sweeney – DH
5. Olt – 3B
6. Baxter – 1B
7. Castillo – C
8. Chambers – RF
9. Szczur – CF

SP – Edwin Jackson

Some things to keep an eye on for today.  Both Matt Szczur, and Junior Lake have had a really good spring, both guys are vying for bench spots on the 2015 opening day roster.  While I think Szczur has the edge because of his defense, I’ve been very impressed with Junior Lake’s purpose at the plate, it clearly has carried over from Winter League ball.  Joe Maddon said not to read too much into Rizzo batting second, and he’s there again today, so start reading into it.  Mike Olt is getting every day at bats right now because he has earned them, he’s winning the third base job with his Spring so far, he needs to keep progressing to nail it down.

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Wada Leaves Early as Cubs Fall to Indians

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Tsuyoshi Wada was a pleasant surprise for the Cubs last season, so far this season has been one setback after another for the left-hander.  Wada, who has been slowed by hamstring and groin injuries this spring, left today’s game early with a re-aggravation of said going injury.  It’s a tough pill to swallow for Wada who is in the running for the 5th spot in the rotation and/or a bullpen spot.  Another battle heating up is the one for the 5th outfield spot, and right Matt Szczur is doing everything he can to steal it.  Szczur led the game off today with his second home run of the spring, he’s having good at bats, can steal a base or two, and can pick it in center, all good things to have off the bench.

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Spring Fever – March 13, 2015 (SS Action, Vegas Roster, Broadcast Info)

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Busy few days coming up for the Cubs as half the roster will be headed to Vegas for a couple of games this weekend against the A’s.  The Cubs will take on the Indians in Arizona today at 3:05 PM CST with Tsuyoshi Wada getting the ball, there is no TV for that game, but can be heard through MLB.tv with a subscription.  The night cap will feature Jake Arrieta, first pitch is at 7:05 PM CST and will be on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, finally.  The lineup for the Indians game has already been posted, no lineup for tonight yet, but the rosters are below.

vs. Indians – 3:05 PM CST

1. Denorfia – DH
2. Szczur – CF
3. Alcantara – 2B
4. Castro – SS
5. Olt – 3B
6. Coghlan – RF
7. Ross – C
8. Sweeney – LF
9. Baxter – 1B

SP – Wada

Here’s the roster for Vegas this weekend, should be exciting.

vs. Athletics – 7:05 PM CST – (CSN Chicago)

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Montero – C
5. Baez – 2B
6. Bryant – DH
7. Lake – LF
8. La Stella – 3B
9. Russell – SS

SP – Jake Arrieta

Pitchers:

** 3/13/2015 **
Arrieta (3 innings)
Jokisch (3 innings)
Parker (1 inning)
Roach (2 innings)

** 3/14/2015 **
Hendricks (3 innings)
Edwards (2 innings)
Ortiz (1 inning)
Britton (1 inning)
Rivero (1 inning)
Batista (1 inning)

** Minor league pitchers **
Peraksis
Batista
Pimentel
Jensen
Negren

** Position Players **
Teagarden – C
Montero  – C
Schwarber – C
Brockmeyer – C
Rizzo – 1B
Baez – 2B
La Stella – IF
Russell – SS
Herrera – IF
Bryant – 3B
Villanueva – 3B
Valaika – UTIL
Lake – LF
Soler – RF
Almora – CF
Fowler – CF

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Dingerpalooza! Plus Another Loss (VIDEO)

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Felix Doubront did nothing to help his cause for the 5th spot in the rotation as he played a huge role in blowing an 8-3 lead today.  The Cubs went on to lose to the Angels 10-9 but the story today, as it is most days now, was how the Cubs got their runs, hooray prospects!  It was the Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Addison Russell show as the three headed monster put on an impressive display with the bats.  First the powerful results, Kris Bryant went deep twice, two monster shots, he finished the day 3-for-4 with two dingers, a book rule double, three RBI, and three runs scored.  Jorge Soler joined the fun as well going 2-for-3 with his own bomb, two RBI, and a run scored.  Russell was super impressive all over the field, he finished 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a couple of slick plays in the field.  The pitching wasn’t so great today as Jason Hammel was beat up in addition to Doubront.

Russell’s RBI Double

Bryant’s First Dinger

Bryant’s Second Dinger

Soler’s Monster Shot

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Kris Bryant Blasts Second Homer of the Game (VIDEO)

It doesn’t seem fair at this point, Kris Bryant is having himself a day.  Here is video of his second bomb of the day, great day, and a great spring so far for the super prospect.

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Hip Hip Jorge!! Soler Hits a BOMB! (VIDEO)

This has been a rather fun day.  First Bryant hit a monster shot, now Jorge Soler has hit one, good Lord, all sorts of power.  Will have the recap after things conclude today.  Cubs lead 8-3 in the 5th, and Will Ferrell struck out, not good enough, clearly.

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Kris Bryant Just Destroyed a Baseball (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant just absolutely crushed a dinger just now, Will Ferrell was impressed.  Here is video of the blast, will post the MLB video when it’s available.  BOOM!

 

 

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Spring Fever – March 12, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs will hit the road today as they take on the Angels at 3:10 PM CST.  Jason Hammel will get the ball for the Cubs looking to rebound from his first start which wasn’t so great.  Today’s game can be seen on MLB.tv with a paid subscription, or listened to through the same device with an MLB.com account.  There were whispers that MLB Network would pick up the game because of Will Ferrell’s appearance, but I’m not 100% sure on that.

1. Denorfia – DH
2. Baez – 2B
3. Soler – RF
4. Olt – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Lake – LF
7. Castillo – C
8. Russell – SS
9. Szczur – CF

SP – Jason Hammel

Impressions?  Joe Maddon is doing his best to get Mike Olt in the lineup every single day, that should tell you something.  The last time Baez, Soler, Bryant, and Russell were in the lineup there were a bunch of LOUD NOISES, hope that happens again today.

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Lester Sharp as Cubs Find Win Column

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Jon Lester is pretty good, probably why the Cubs gave him a crap-ton of money this off-season.  Lester was brilliant this afternoon as he was able to locate his cutter and off-speed stuff on both corners.  The Cubs’ new ace worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while walking no one, and striking out two.  Mike Olt is bringing it this spring, he had another productive day in field, and at the plate (2-for-3, with two singles).  The big hit came from an unlikely source, nine hitter Mike Baxter who ripped a two-run single off of Zack Greinke in the second inning to give the Cubs an early lead.

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