We'll have to wait for the regular season for Felz's recaps but I thought I'd put up another quick news and notes piece since it's been a busy Monday...
- David Kaplan created quite a stir today when re reported that the mayor of Rosemont is willing to give the Cubs a parcel of land to build a stadium. Said Mayor Donald Stephenson, "The Chicago Cubs are being held hostage by the neighborhood as they look to run their business. We are willing to offer them a tremendous opportunity if they are interested. Bring the bricks and the ivy and we can get a deal done.” I'm not sure how serious this is. I would think moving out of Chicago and Wrigley Field would be a last resort, but it seems that Rosemont is willing to go all out to become the new home of the Cubs.
- Bad news for the Cubs today as Scott Baker felt some elbow soreness in his elbow and will get an MRI. Baker was only at 85 mph yesterday after coming back from Tommy John surgery less than a year ago. Meanwhile Matt Garza has yet to throw off of a mound. Right now it seems possible both may be out until mid May and both may be put on the 60 day DL.
- The good news on the pitching front is that Edwin Jackson pitched a gem, going 6 innings and giving up just 3 hits and 1 walk. His last two fastballs were clocked at 96 mph. Dave Sappelt had the big hit, a 3-run HR, and Javier Baez made the defensive play of the game, snaring a line drive at the top of his leap that was otherwise headed to left-center field.
- Dale Sveum said tomorrow's lineup is likely to be the Opening Day lineup. It is exactly the same lineup I predicted this morning.
- Perfect Game analyzes the Sean Manaea vs. Thomas Windle matchup this past weekend. They have great things to say about both pitchers but one thing should give the Cubs some pause: Manaea hates pitching in the cold. In case you've never been to Wrigley in April...it's pretty cold.
- A shout-out from one of our favorite radio guys, Matt Spiegel. It's short but he enjoyed our breakdown of Javier Baez's swing. You can listen to the podcast here. The mention is between the 18:30 and 19:00 mark.
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