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.


W:  Jay Jackson (1-0)  L:  Kelley (0-1)  SV:  None
Full Box Score
Cubs 12, Mariners 7

At the Plate:

The Cubs did everything right at the plate today, pounding out 18 hits while scoring 12 runs.  What’s more impressive is that the Cubs did not hit one HR on the day, they did however hit six doubles.  DeJesus, Barney, Amezaga, Lalli, and Castillo all had two hits.  Nine different Cubs had RBI’s on the day, DeJesus and Mather each had two.

On the Mound:

The Cubs also had a good day on the mound aside from Travis Wood’s outing.  Jay Jackson came in to relieve Wood, and did a fantastic job shutting down the Mariners for 4 innings, while giving up four hits, one walk, with one strikeout.  James Russell tossed two scoreless innings, and Trevor Miller finished off the day by throwing one scoreless inning.

On Deck:

Busy day for the Cubs on Tuesday as they will play a pair of split-squad games.  Ryan Dempster pitches at home against the Rangers, and Rodrigo Lopez hits the road to face the A’s.  An intriguing day to say the least, as Dempster tries to force the issue for Dale Sveum in choosing an opening day starter, and Rodrigo Lopez tries to continue his strong spring and keep his long shot chances to make the rotation alive.

Thanks for reading,
George Cotugno


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