UPDATE 8:07 PM
Here's some quick impressions of today's game...Notes on radar readings from Quedub. Thanks!
- Not much went right for the Cubs today. The good news is that Alberto Cabrera only walked one batter. The bad news is it didn't mean he had great command. The Indians teed off on the Cubs SP prospect, getting 7 hits in 2.2 innings, most of which were hit pretty hard -- including 2 long HRs by Lonnie Chisenhall and Mark Reynolds. He gave up 5 runs in all. The Cubs don't have much to gain by returning him to the bullpen, as it's a transition that needs no real prep time. They could do it at any point. They may as well give it some time and see if Cabrera can make the adjustment. ** Cabrera was 94-95 mph up until the 2nd inning and then dropped down in the 91-93 range. Slider was at 80-81***
- Brooks Raley didn't fare too much better, going 2.1 innings and allowing 5 runs himself, 4 earned. Raley has pitched himself into a hole as far as getting the open bullpen spot created by Carlos Villanueva's move to the rotation. Chris Rusin is well out in front as far as roster lefties. Non-roster lefty Hisanori Takahashi also has pitched well, and he'll get the start tomorrow.**Raley was 90
- Don't forget about Casey Coleman. He impressed Dale Sveum with a good spring last year and he's off to another good start. He pitched 2 scoreless innings and did not walk a batter. He has not allowed a run in 4 innings so far. Coleman was at 91-92 mph. By comparison Trevor Bauer was 92-93.
- Scott Hairston continued his rough spring by going 0-3 and misplaying a ball in RF. Good thing it's just spring training.
- Alfonso Soriano had a long HR and a double today in his 2 ABs. He's hitting .357 and with teams, notably the Yankees, suffering injuries early, he may start to draw some interest if he continues to swing the bat well.
- Jorge Soler had a single, a walk, and a stolen base as he continues to hold his own this spring. Soler has struck out in 41% of his PAs, but lets not forget he was off for over a year, played a total of 34 games -- and only 20 in full season ball, then had the winter off again. All things considered, hitting .250 with a .353 OBP is as well as we could have expected.
- Johermyn Chavez continues to impress. He hit his 1st HR of the spring and is hitting .333.
- Logan Watkins is going to AAA but he's making sure Sveum remembers his name. He has played solid defense and is hitting .313 with 3 extra base hits in 16 ABs.
Here's your box score...
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