The Cubs lost today 6-3 to the Indians. Instead of the box score, which you can get by clicking on this link, I'll post some photos courtesy of reader Quedub. Scroll to the bottom of the article to see the phot gallery.
Heard a nice story about Javier Baez today. Kevin Gallo tells us he was told that Baez did not choose a college early because he wanted scouts to keep coming to the game. Not so they could see more of him, but for the scouts to get a chance to see more of his teammates in the process. The more you hear about Baez, the more you realize the Cubs really did their homework on his mental makeup. Baez was not expected to go in the top 10, partially because of some rumors on his attitude. The Cubs found he was a good kid who was just that -- a kid. He has proven the Cubs right so far and he continues to mature as a ballplayer and a person. For more good stuff on Baez, check out this article by Mark Potash of the Sun-Times.
Thoughts on the game...
- Edwin Maysonet hit an inside-the-park HR today, though it was more of a misplay by the outfielder.
- Brad Nelson hit his 2nd HR of the spring. He effectively replaces Bryan LaHair with one major difference -- Nelson is on a minor league contract and can be sent to AAA for depth. Good depth pickup for the Cubs.
- Tough outing for Scott Feldman, though announcer Len Kasper said he was trying to work on his breaking ball -- which is one more reason you shouldn't take spring statistics, especially veteran pitcher statistics, all that seriously.
- Travis Wood pitched 4 solid innings today, giving up just one run on 3 hits. He did not walk a batter. With Matt Garza and Scott Baker on the DL, the Cubs will depend on Wood to be more than a back of the rotation starter early on. He stepped up today and hopefully that carries into the season.
- Jorge Soler had one AB and hit a single, which was a screaming line drive that the 2B couldn't handle. In fact, from Kasper's description, sounds like he was lucky to come away unscathed.
- Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless inning and appears to have made a change to his delivery/mechanics. If you remember from last year, Dolis had a slow wind up with no leg kick. This year the delivery is quicker and Dolis is going with a high leg kick. If I had to guess, it could be that Dolis is trying to hide the ball better and/or add some deception. He was hit way too easily last year for a guy with his kind of stuff.
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