Mike Olt Smashes a Baseball (VIDEO)

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.

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Spring Fever – March 19, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs and Diamondbacks battle under the lights tonight, 8:40 PM CST to be exact, and the game is on CSN Chicago.  Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Cubs tonight looking to build on a strong start his last time out.  Decisions are looming in regards to who makes the team, and specifically who makes the rotation.  The 5th spot looks to be coming down to Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson, I think Wood has that spot nailed down, but then that leaves a question mark of what to do with Jackson.  A good start might go a long way for Jackson who I don’t think will be an effective arm out of the pen, he really hasn’t been effective in the rotation either, we’ll see.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Soler – RF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Baez – 2B
8. Castillo – C
9. Jackson – SP

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Spring Fever – March 17, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re into that kind of thing.  Jason Hammel gets the ball for the Cubs as the host the defending AL champ the Kansas City Royals, still sounds weird saying that.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, there is no TV that I’m aware of, but the game can be heard through mlb.com.  It’s been a rough spring for Hammel, I don’t think it’s more than just working on his stuff, but it would be nice to see him find a groove today.  Three big surprises from camp so far are in the lineup today, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, and Matt Szczur, all are fighting for spots on the opening day roster.

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

SP – Jason Hammel

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

Bryant

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

Hendricks

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 12, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs will hit the road today as they take on the Angels at 3:10 PM CST.  Jason Hammel will get the ball for the Cubs looking to rebound from his first start which wasn’t so great.  Today’s game can be seen on MLB.tv with a paid subscription, or listened to through the same device with an MLB.com account.  There were whispers that MLB Network would pick up the game because of Will Ferrell’s appearance, but I’m not 100% sure on that.

1. Denorfia – DH
2. Baez – 2B
3. Soler – RF
4. Olt – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Lake – LF
7. Castillo – C
8. Russell – SS
9. Szczur – CF

SP – Jason Hammel

Impressions?  Joe Maddon is doing his best to get Mike Olt in the lineup every single day, that should tell you something.  The last time Baez, Soler, Bryant, and Russell were in the lineup there were a bunch of LOUD NOISES, hope that happens again today.

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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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