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Jason Hammel cemented his status as the Cubs number three starter this afternoon by baffling the defending AL Champ Royals in a 4-3 win. Hammel was brilliant going four scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three, the outing lowered his spring ERA to six, it’s been rough. Phil Coke, Zac Rosscup, and Stephen Perakslis all had scoreless outings with Perakslis nailed down the save. Anthony Rizzo who has struggled in finding his timing this spring had a solid game, he went 2-for-2 with an RBI, his second of the spring. Junior Lake, Starlin Castro, and Jonathan Herrera all chipped in with one RBI each in the win.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re into that kind of thing. Jason Hammel gets the ball for the Cubs as the host the defending AL champ the Kansas City Royals, still sounds weird saying that. First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, there is no TV that I’m aware of, but the game can be heard through mlb.com. It’s been a rough spring for Hammel, I don’t think it’s more than just working on his stuff, but it would be nice to see him find a groove today. Three big surprises from camp so far are in the lineup today, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, and Matt Szczur, all are fighting for spots on the opening day roster.
1. Fowler – CF
2. Denorfia – DH
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Castro – SS
5. Montero – C
6. Lake – RF
7. Baez – 2B
8. Olt – 3B
9. Szczur – LF
SP – Jason Hammel
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
The Cubs fell behind almost immediately as Jason Hammel did not have his best stuff, he allowed the first two men to reach base then gave up a loud three run homer to Nolan Arenado, just like that it was 3-0. A lead that the Cubs would not threaten until late, and even then they came up short. Things got much better for us in the second inning as Jorge Soler ripped a single then went along for the ride on Braynt’s absolute bomb. The only bright spot from the Cubs was Matt Szczur he made things happen, he went 2-for-2, with a run scored, a stolen base, and a dinger.
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The Cubs travel to Scottsdale today to take on the Rockies, and will make their debut on WBBM radio (780 AM) with Pat Hughes, and Ron Coomer on the call. Jason Hammel gets the ball as he makes his return to the Cubs organization this afternoon. First pitch is at 2:15 PM CST, and as of right now there are no streams or video. Here is how the Cubs will lineup behind Hammel…
1. Fowler CF
2. Rizzo 1B
3. Castro SS
4. Montero C
5. Soler RF
6. Bryant 3B
7. Coghlan LF
8. Ross DH
9. Herrera 2B
SP – Hammel
On a rainy Arizona day, Joe Maddon made some comments about the rotation. Kyle Hendricks will be in the rotation to start the season, there had been some speculation that he wasn’t ticketed for a rotation spot earlier on but that was unfounded. The news gives Cubs fans an idea of what will be happening this spring, an all out battle for the number five spot between Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Felix Doubront, Tsuyoshi Wada, and others, namely Jacob Turner.
The other news out of camp today… Jon Lester is your opening day starter. To me this was a done deal as soon as the Cubs committed loads of money to the lefty, but some fans thought that Jake Arrieta earned the chance to be that guy. Spring games start THIS THURSDAY, the rotation has been announced; Wood vs A’s, Turner vs SF on Thursday, Lester on Friday, Hammel/Doubront on Saturday; Arrieta/Wada on Sunday; Jackson/Hendricks on Monday.
The winter meetings are underway in San Diego, and the Cubs have made their first mid range addition to their pitching staff, and old friend, Jason Hammel. David Kaplan, and Chris Cotillo are both reporting that Hammel’s deal is two years in length, for a total of $18 million, the deal also includes an option for a third year.
That is a tremendous deal for the Cubs, Hammel must have really liked it here, because that’s less than I thought he would get. As is everything this off-season, there are ties to Jon Lester here as well, Hammel pitched with Lester in Oakland to close out last year, the dominoes will start falling rapidly once Lester is signed, and that could be coming soon.
It was happy hugs in the Iowa dugout last night, as Kyle Hendricks was lifted after just two innings of work. The reason? He’s going to the show. GM Jed Hoyer confirmed today that Kyle Hendricks will be getting called up to the Cubs, and will make his Major League debut this week, most likely in Cincinnati. The Cubs play a double-header on Tuesday, so that makes sense, and there was a spot on the 40-man roster created with the Samardzija/Hammel trade to Oakland.
I’ve been a fan of Hendricks for a while, and I’m super excited that he is getting his shot. Ever since he was acquired from the Texas Rangers he has pitched his tail off to get to this spot. The thing about Hendricks is he’s a pitcher, relying on command and not velocity, but something has changed this year. The command is still there (23 walks in 102.2 innings), but he has been seen touching mid 90’s on the gun, a definite spike, and something that could take him to the next level.
Best of luck, Kyle.
Two games into his Cubs career, Jason Hammel is 2-0, both wins coming against the NL Central rival Pirates. Hammel was brilliant once again, as he worked seven strong innings, giving up three runs on three hits (all solo HR’s, more on that later), while walking one, and striking out six. Pedro Strop made things interesting in the ninth as he gave up two more solo home runs to make things closer than they needed to be. The Pirates had six hits tonight, five of which left the ballpark, and the Cubs still won, baseball.
More good signs from the Cubs offense in this one as well, the Cubs scored seven times on fourteen hits in the win. (Insert Emilio Bonifacio had two hits sentence). Anthony Rizzo is scorching hot right now, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .375 on the season. Mike Olt, finally getting a start, responded in a big way, he went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored. Same goes for Junior Lake, as he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
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