Hammel Leads Cubs Back Into Win Column

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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.

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“Fatigued” Kris Bryant Carries Cubs to Victory

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Kris Bryant was originally in the lineup today at third base before being scratched with shoulder fatigue.  I guess he felt better by the third inning as he took over for DH Anthony Rizzo and promptly destroyed two dingers.  That now gives Kris Bryant six home runs this spring, six is good.  Bryant wasn’t the only story today, Kyle Hendricks was stellar on the mound, and really couldn’t miss.  Hendricks worked five perfect innings while striking out three, he threw 54 pitches, 40 of them for strikes, tasty.  The Cubs as a staff took a perfect game into the 8th inning before the A’s were able to find the hit column, and scratch across a run.

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Spring Fever – March 14, 2015 (Cubs Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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Two more games today as the Cubs take on the Athletics at 2:05 PM CST in Vegas, and also battle the Brewers at 3:05 PM CST.  Kyle Hendricks gets the ball against the A’s, the game can be listened to through mlb.tv, but there is no TV.  Back in Arizona, Edwin Jackson will take the mound against the Brewers, the game can be watched, and listened to on mlb.tv with a subscription.  It’s a big start for Jackson as he needs to show this coaching staff something or else he will not be in the rotation, I still think he loses out to Travis Wood.

vs. Athletics – 2:05 PM CST -Vegas

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – DH
3. Soler – RF
4. Bryant 3B
5. Lake – LF
6. La Stella – 2B
7. Valaika – 1B
8. Teagarden – C
9. Herrera – SS

SP – Kyle Hendricks

@ Brewers – 3:05 PM CST

1. Coghlan – LF
2. Alcantara – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. Sweeney – DH
5. Olt – 3B
6. Baxter – 1B
7. Castillo – C
8. Chambers – RF
9. Szczur – CF

SP – Edwin Jackson

Some things to keep an eye on for today.  Both Matt Szczur, and Junior Lake have had a really good spring, both guys are vying for bench spots on the 2015 opening day roster.  While I think Szczur has the edge because of his defense, I’ve been very impressed with Junior Lake’s purpose at the plate, it clearly has carried over from Winter League ball.  Joe Maddon said not to read too much into Rizzo batting second, and he’s there again today, so start reading into it.  Mike Olt is getting every day at bats right now because he has earned them, he’s winning the third base job with his Spring so far, he needs to keep progressing to nail it down.

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Spring Fever – March 11, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs will win today…. or they won’t, it doesn’t really matter at this point, but it would be fun to see a “W.”  Jon Lester makes his second appearance of the spring today as the Cubs take on Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, and can be seen on MLB.tv if you have a subscription, and the game is also on MLB Network if you have that.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup today…

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Castro – SS
4. Montero – C
5. Coghlan – LF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Sweeney – RF
8. Alcantara – 2B
9. Baxter – DH

Impressions?  Well, Rizzo is back in the second spot, I still don’t think he will end up there, but he’s been there more often than not this spring.  Arismendy Alcantara is clearly the “Ben Zobrist” of the Cubs in Maddon’s eyes, and that’s a pretty great thing.  Let’s see if Mike Olt can continue his hot spring as he battles for a roster spot, I hope he does.

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Spring Fever – March 9, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

 

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Big day for Edwin Jackson, today is his first chance to show the new Cubs staff that he belongs as the number five starter.  Travis Wood has already been solid this spring, so E-Jax needs to get going, now.  I for one want Jackson to succeed, it means a better Cubs rotation, and the possibility of another team wanting his services.  First pitch is 3:05 PM CST at beautiful Sloan Park, and can be heard on mlb.com if you have an account.  There is no TV for today’s game as of right now, here is how the Cubs will lineup, Rizzo back in that familiar three spot.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Denorfia – RF
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Castro – SS
5. Montero – DH
6. Olt – 3B
7. Ross – C
8. Coghlan – LF
9. Hererra – 2B

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Spring Fever; March 7, 2015 (Lineups, broadcast info)

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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

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