As a baseball blog, I feel it necessary to point out history when it happens, and it happened today. Felix Hernandez pitched the first perfect game in the history of the Seattle Mariners, he was spectacular. His final line, 9 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, and 12 strike outs, wow. Congrats King Felix.
Every out of the perfect game
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The Cubs offense exploded in the first inning today, scoring seven runs off of Seattle starter Jason Vargas. Believe it or not, that wasn’t enough for Travis Wood as he continues to really struggle with his mechanics and command. Wood who is vying for a spot in the Cubs rotation is pitching himself right out of it. Wood gave up seven runs on seven hits over two innings of work, and has now given up 13 runs on 13 hits in 4 and 2/3rds innings this Spring.
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.