Oh, I see you Matt Szczur, that was a big boy homer right there. Â Matt Szczur is making a lot of noise in camp, today might have been the exclamation point as he destroyed a Derek Holland 1-1 offering into the parking lot. Â This kid has a place on the opening night roster in my opinion.
The Cubs made it official today, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant have all been sent down. Technically Baez has been assigned to Iowa, Bryant and Russell have been assigned to minor league camp. Not surprised by the moves except for Baez being sent to Iowa, I really thought he would break camp with the team given his skill set but obviously the Cubs want him to work on a few things in the batters box. The Cubs have said all along that Bryant would not break camp with them, and I’m glad they stuck to THEIR plan, and not anyone else’s. Six days until real baseball.
It’s been a productive couple days for the Cubs lineup, yesterday they scored 14 runs, and they added seven more to their spring total today. Once again the long ball played a large role in the victory as Miguel Montero, Junior Lake, and Matt Szczur all had a dinger. Edwin Jackson turned in a good outing, and the Cubs defense threw the ball around the field with a purpose, things are coming together nicely.
Miguel Montero Dinger
Cubs Gun Down Gordon
Baez With a Solid Throw
The Cubs aren’t doing so well tonight, but there has been a few bright spots. One of them is this Mike Olt blast, Olt has been impressive so far this spring as he has his sights set on an opening day roster spot.
Bright lights for the Cubs tonight as they battle the Angels on ESPN tonight, first pitch is at 6:05 PM CST. The lineup the Cubs are trotting out tonight is worthy of the National media, and I’m sure there will be endless talk about how the Cubs are handling Kris Bryant, so tune in… Eric Jokisch gets the ball for the Cubs, he will face off against veteran right-hander Jered Weaver, and a pretty regular season looking Angels lineup. The Cubs made cuts earlier today, no surprises really (Almora, and Schwarber included), the roster now stands at 40.
1. Baez – 2B
2. Russell – SS
3. Bryant – LF
4. Soler – RF
5. Rizzo – 1B
6. Olt – 3B
7. Castillo – C
8. Jokisch – SP
9. Szczur – CF
Impressions? Kris Bryant is getting his first start in LF this spring, and Joe Maddon is once again hitting the pitcher 8th, obviously something he likes to do. Also of note, Chris Denorfia is battling a hamstring issue that will most likely keep him off the opening day roster, so Matt Szczur has another great opportunity to get noticed tonight.