Yesterday’s game against the Rockies was a big one with the bats, but more importantly, it showcased many of the arms trying to make the Cubs bullpen.
- Chad Gaudin started, though the spot he’s trying to secure is a bullpen spot, and gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings. Struck out two, walked two, gave up two hits. Just another poor outting. Still hard to imagine him not making the pen, but it’s looking worse by the minute.
- Kevin Gregg came in to face just one batter, splitting an inning with Neil Cotts. A very interesting move by Lou Piniella, and though I’m trying not to read too much into it, could this mean Lou is getting a feel for how Gregg would perform coming into games in a situational role (as opposed to a true closer role)?
- Jeff Samardzija got knocked around in his one inning of work. It’s obvious that Lou wants Samardzija to win a spot in the pen, but he’s not doing it so far.
- David Patton had another dominating inning, but Piniella continues to throw him at the end of the game when regulars aren’t playing. Much harder to judge his abilities.
- Randy Wells continues to go about his business, and is a sleeper to make the pen.