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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Albert Almora With a Ridiculous Catch (VIDEO)

As I mentioned earlier in a post about Albert Almora, he is a wizard with the glove, now you can see why I said that.  Almora made an absolutely ridiculous catch today where he had to range deep into center and avoid that wall that has taken him out of a couple games, great play.

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Spring Fever – March 11, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs will win today…. or they won’t, it doesn’t really matter at this point, but it would be fun to see a “W.”  Jon Lester makes his second appearance of the spring today as the Cubs take on Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, and can be seen on MLB.tv if you have a subscription, and the game is also on MLB Network if you have that.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup today…

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

Impressions?  Well, Rizzo is back in the second spot, I still don’t think he will end up there, but he’s been there more often than not this spring.  Arismendy Alcantara is clearly the “Ben Zobrist” of the Cubs in Maddon’s eyes, and that’s a pretty great thing.  Let’s see if Mike Olt can continue his hot spring as he battles for a roster spot, I hope he does.

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Spring Training Recap; Three of a Kind, Dingers that is

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The Cubs remain without a victory so far this spring, but let’s be honest, today is all about the power showcase that was displayed.  In the 4th inning Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant went back-to-back-to-back, how is that even possible??  Three straight dingers is odd enough, but THOSE three guys doing it when fans were clamoring for just that, crazy.  Travis Wood found too much of the plate today as he surrendered seven hits in just three innings of work while giving up four runs, two earned.  The rest of the Cubs offense started to kick it into high gear today as they pounded out twelve hits, hopefully that is a sign of things to come.  Everyone who pitched today struggled, except for Pierce Johnson, he worked two scoreless innings.

THREE BOMBS!

 

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Back-to-Back-to-Back! (Soler, Baez, Bryant) (VIDEO)

The best possible thing that could have happen today?  Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant go back-to-back-to-back today, wow.  Here is video, adding as they become available, LOUD NOISES!

Soler!

Baez!

Bryant!

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Spring Fever – March 10, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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Travis Wood will make his second start of the spring today as he takes the mound against the Indians.  Wood was very good his first time out, and a second solid performance would go a long way towards cementing that 5th spot in the rotation.  It’s a prospect heavy lineup for the Cubs today as Alcantara, Soler, Baez, Bryant, and Russell are all starting.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, and the game will be on TV!  Well, it’s on MLB.tv, you need a subscription to watch, but you can listen for free if you have an account via MLB.tv as well.

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

SP – Travis Wood

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E-Jax Rocked, Olt Continues to Roll in Cubs Loss


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In his first chance to impress the new Cubs staff Edwin Jackson was underwhelming to say the least.  It was the same old story for Edwin as he couldn’t pitch around mistakes behind him, or mistakes of his own (one error).  When it was all said and done Jackson gave up four runs, unearned, in two innings of work, sure they were unearned but he played a big role in that.  The better news from the day was Kyle Hendricks throwing the ball very well, and Mike Olt continuing to have the best at bats of any Cubs player so far this Spring.  Olt was 1-for-1 on the day with his second spring dinger, an opposite field blast, and a walk which brings his spring total to three in just ten plate appearances.  It wasn’t all bad on the mound, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, C.J. Edwards, and Justin Grimm worked a total of four scoreless innings, giving up two hits, no walks, while striking out six.

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Spring Fever – March 9, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

 

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Big day for Edwin Jackson, today is his first chance to show the new Cubs staff that he belongs as the number five starter.  Travis Wood has already been solid this spring, so E-Jax needs to get going, now.  I for one want Jackson to succeed, it means a better Cubs rotation, and the possibility of another team wanting his services.  First pitch is 3:05 PM CST at beautiful Sloan Park, and can be heard on mlb.com if you have an account.  There is no TV for today’s game as of right now, here is how the Cubs will lineup, Rizzo back in that familiar three spot.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Denorfia – RF
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Castro – SS
5. Montero – DH
6. Olt – 3B
7. Ross – C
8. Coghlan – LF
9. Hererra – 2B

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Defensive Highlights Are Fun Too; Soler’s Canon (VIDEO)

Joe Maddon talked a little bit about how the Cubs camp is resembling a collegiate baseball program, and he thinks that is cool.  You know what I think is cool?  Watching Jorge Soler gun runners down on the base paths, that throw makes me all tingly.  Maddon first, then the Soler peg is around the 22 second mark for those of you that are impatient.  Hopefully we have more fun videos like this today, enjoy.

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Spring Fever – March 8, 2015; (Lineups, Broadcast info)

Arrieta FIRE

Jake Arrieta returns to the Cubs mound for the first time this spring today against the Rangers, I’m excited.  Arrieta broke out in a major way last year, and now makes up a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Cubs rotation with Jon Lester.  Once again, no TV for today’s game but you can catch Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer of WBBM 780(MLB.tv, link below), first pitch is 3:05 PM CST.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup behind Arrieta…Nice to see La Stella still getting time at 3B, that guy will most definitely help Maddon out with versatility around the infield.

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1. Alcantara CF
2. La Stella 3B
3. Baez 2B
4. Sweeney RF
5. Olt DH
6. Valaika 1B
7. Castillo C
8. Lake LF
9. Russell SS

SP – Arrieta

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