Cubs Sluggish in 7-0 Loss to Padres

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Chalk it up to a rough afternoon after a busy weekend, the Cubs made a couple errors, and struggled at the plate throughout the loss today.  Jon Lester struggled with his command on both sides of the plate today, and made too many mistakes in the middle of the zone.  The result was a tough outing for Lester as he gave up six earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work.  The Cubs as a team were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, at least they had twelve chances, right?  Jorge Soler was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Kris Bryant was clearly fatigued as he could only manage a loud double off the wall in three at bats.

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Spring Fever – March 16, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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After a sluggish start this Spring the Cubs have turned things around going 5-2 in their last seven, and winning four straight.  Jon Lester will take the mound hoping to extend that streak this afternoon against Brandon Morrow and the Padres.  Lester has been really good so far this spring, look for 4-5 innings today based on how quickly he can mow down Padre hitters.  First pitch this afternoon is at 3:05 pM CST, the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and also on MLB Network.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup today, Kris Bryant is back in the lineup, so is Soler, excitement.

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

SP – Jon Lester

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Lester Sharp as Cubs Find Win Column

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Jon Lester is pretty good, probably why the Cubs gave him a crap-ton of money this off-season.  Lester was brilliant this afternoon as he was able to locate his cutter and off-speed stuff on both corners.  The Cubs’ new ace worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while walking no one, and striking out two.  Mike Olt is bringing it this spring, he had another productive day in field, and at the plate (2-for-3, with two singles).  The big hit came from an unlikely source, nine hitter Mike Baxter who ripped a two-run single off of Zack Greinke in the second inning to give the Cubs an early lead.

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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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Jon Lester Ready For Debut; Lineup!

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Only one game for the Cubs today, but it’s a big one as Jon Lester makes his Cubs spring debut on the road against the Reds.  Not too many regulars in this lineup today, and we get to see our first pairing of Ross with Lester, something that will probably happen more often than not.  Javier Baez will hit a home run today, book it.  First pitch is 2:05 PM CST, currently there is only audio for this game on Cubs.com, if a stream pops up I will pass it along.

Denorfia RF
Alcantara 2B
Baez SS
Olt 1B
Ross C
Lake LF
Valaika 3B
Castillo DH
Szczur CF
Lester P

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Cubs on the Verge of Bringing Hammel Back

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The winter meetings are underway in San Diego, and the Cubs have made their first mid range addition to their pitching staff, and old friend, Jason Hammel.  David Kaplan, and Chris Cotillo are both reporting that Hammel’s deal is two years in length, for a total of $18 million, the deal also includes an option for a third year.

That is a tremendous deal for the Cubs, Hammel must have really liked it here, because that’s less than I thought he would get.  As is everything this off-season, there are ties to Jon Lester here as well, Hammel pitched with Lester in Oakland to close out last year, the dominoes will start falling rapidly once Lester is signed, and that could be coming soon.

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