That sound off the bat is so very sweet. Jorge Soler has been bringing the power this spring, not many other balls are falling right now, but he’s got the power stroke down.
Baseball during the day is so very nice, even if it doesn’t count yet. Pierce Johnson takes the mound for the Cubs today as they open their home portion of the spring schedule. Here is how they will line up, I believe the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and Cubs.com has the audio.
- Fowler CF
- Zobrist 2B
- Heyward RF
- Baez 1B
- Victorino DH
- Russell SS
- La Stella 3B
- Ross C
- Perez LF
SP – Pierce Johnson
On a personal note, Pierce Johnson is one of my favorite players, rooting hard for him. Go Cubs!
It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers. Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen. The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits. Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going. He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.
Some of today’s standouts:
The 2016 spring season kicks off this afternoon as the Cubs take on a split squad Brewers team at 2:05 PM CST. Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs in his first audition to make the starting rotation out of camp. Here is how the Cubs will line up, MLB.com has audio for this game, but you might need a subscription.
- Schwarber – LF
- Bryant – 3B
- Rizzo – 1B
- Soler – RF
- Montero – C
- Baez – CF
- La Stella – 2B
- Vogelbach – DH
- Kawasaki – SS
SP – Travis Wood
Lots of things to see today, Schwarber leading off, and Baez starting in CF are two of the bigger ones. As Maddon said yesterday, don’t read anything into any of the lineups yet as it’s too early. Albert Almora is available off the bench today.
I’m running a contest today over on twitter, correctly guess the first player to hit a home run for the Cubs, and WIN!
Add another name to the Cubs outfield mix. Today the Cubs announced that they have signed 35 year old Shane Victorino to a minor league deal worth $1M and carries another $1M worth of incentives (Per Jerry Crasnick). I’m not sure if Victorino will be a fit on the field for the Cubs. He will have to be able to field his position at a high level to make this roster and it remains to be seen if he still can. Victorino is another solid clubhouse addition that Theo and company have seen proof of in the past. He is a good guy and a good teammate so I’m sure if he doesn’t make the team he will still have a solid influence on the guys during camp.
Victorino has had a lengthy major league career and seems like he has been around forever. He made is major league debut with the Padres in 2003 before turning heads with the Phillies starting around 2006. Putting the bat on the ball has been a strength for the “flyin’ Hawaiian” throughout his career which definitely plays off the bench.
Well, it’s been an interesting last hour.
Dexter Fowler is a member of the Chicago Cubs, again. Earlier this week it was widely reported that the Cubs’ 2015 CF was signing a 3 year $33M deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Apparently that is not the case as Fowler has just signed a 1 year deal to return to the Cubs! Per Mark Gonzales Fowler will get $8M in 2016, and then there is a mutual option for $9M with a $5M buyout.
This news is coming on the heels of a trade that the Cubs announced earlier this morning. The Cubs have traded Chris Coghlan to Oakland for pitch Aaron Brooks, not the point guard for the Bulls. The outfield situation seems to be unfolding for the Cubs now and not later in spring. The acquisition (re?) of Fowler means that Heyward goes to RF which pushes Soler into LF, and that could be to share time with Schwarber out there when he is not catching. Crazy stuff going down right now, and I think the Cubs just got better, again.