The Cubs offense continued it’s torrid pace Tuesday afternoon against the Rockies, pounding out 14 hits and scoring 11 runs. The Cubs have double digit hits in all three games this spring, and have scored 28 runs. These gaudy numbers have only yielded one win, but Cubs fans have to like what they see. Alfonso Soriano got things started today by blasting a 450ft home run, his first of two bombs on the day, to pull the Cubs within one, and the bats never looked back after that. Later in the inning, Cubs top prospect Brett Jackson hit a big 3-run homer to put the Cubs up for good 4-2. Anthony Rizz also had a productive day at the plate getting two hits, and driving in two runs.
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Early highlights, Brett Jackson three run home run, and Alfonso Soriano a solo shot. Garza struggling just a bit, 4-2 Cubs bottom of the second.
Cubs take on the Rockies tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 PM Central at HoHoKam Park. The game will be broadcast on WGN radio in the Chicagoland area, and on MLB.com gameday audio. The Cubs will lineup the following way as they search for their first spring victory with Matt Garza starting.
DeJesus – RF
Byrd – CF
DeWitt – 2B
Soriano – DH
Stewart – 3B
Lake – 2B
Rizzo – 1B
Castillo – C
Jackson – LF
Really excited to see, or hear, Rizzo, Jackson, and Lake play tomorrow, thanks for reading. I will try to live tweet the game tomorrow as well, thanks to everyone who followed along today.
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Early highlights, Blake DeWitt with a huge two out three run homer, and a solid start from Ryan Dempster. The Cubs currently lead 4-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Cubs leading 6-1 now in the top of the 6th inning. Matt Szczur is now in the lineup, Rizzo in as well.
Yes Cubs fans, you read that correctly, and it’s not up for discussion according to Cubs skipper Dale Sveum, “It’s Bryan LaHair’s job, and it’s not his to lose. It’s his job and the guy has earned the right to have it and he’s earned the right for me to have a lot of patience too if he’s not getting off to a good start.” As Dale Sveum begins to dive into his first camp as the Cubs manager, he is starting to piece together what the opening day lineup will look like. Much to the surprise of many, the first decision that was made was that of Brian LaHair not only starting at first base, but hitting 4th, arguably the spot in the lineup for a teams biggest run producer. Cubs fans got a taste of LaHair at the end of last season, and one could say that LaHair’s performance was one of the few bright spots in a very dark season. In 59 at bats last season LaHair hit a respectable, if not solid .288 with a .377 on base percentage. That type of on base percentage was unheard of for a Cubs player last year given the complete lack of discipline and patience at the plate from the team as a whole, in fact LaHair’s OBP led the team, not counting Steve Clevenger who only had 4 at bats.
Another Top 100 Prospect list came out this week, this one from Baseball America. Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez once again show up on the list, as they have done with the previous lists as well. Jackson ranked 32, Rizzo at 47, and Baez came in at 61. According to Baseball America the Cubs have a fourth in the top 100. Matt Szczur not only made the list, but made it easily as he came in at 64. It seems like a lot of publications either love him and are very high on him, or they don’t like him much and are much lower on his potential.
Last week Jonathan Mayo, of MLB.com released his list of Major league Baseball’s Top 100 Prospects. Matt Moore and Bryce Harper sit atop at spots one and two respectively, while Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and shortstop Javier Baez cracked the 2012 list. Below is a quick look at these fine Cub prospects, as well as the entire Top 100 list.