The Chicago Cubs beat the Angels, but Randy Wells got shellacked by a lineup that didn’t have all its regulars. Eek. On to the battles:

  • Kevin Millar played first base and had a double and a homer, but I still don’t see how his presence on the bench makes the Cubs much better than would a Bryan LaHair or a Micah Hoffpauir.
  • Chad Tracy went hitless in his turn at third base, but still has to be a favorite to land a bench spot over the less versatile Millar.
  • Mike Fontenot continues to top Jeff Baker in the competition for second base – Fontenot had two hits, including his first Spring homer.
  • Andrew Cashner threw two scoreless and struck out three, but he also gave up two hits and two walks. His chances to make the Cubs’ bullpen at this point are slim.
  • Thomas Diamond threw a scoreless one and a third, and is looking like he’s got a solid chance to make the pen. You’ll note that presumptive bullpen member Jeff Gray has yet to make his Spring debut.
  • Dingo

    I watched todays game and here are my thoughts:-

    I am starting to worry about our pitching – Wells being shelled to start off with although he has been stellar before that. But the staff could not throw bloody strikes today – 12 walks in total and it seemed like they walked someone in every inning.

    Marmol was good after walking the first batter.

    Grabow was not good and didn’t fool anyone.

    Cashner is a giant of a man. He struggled with his control at times and laboured throughout two innings. However he came out with some timely strikeouts which is what you look for in a reliever. However I feel he will be at AAA.

    Parker shot himself in the foot after what looked like an easy outing, ended up walking 3 in a row. He just fell apart when the pressure was on.

    Have to disagree with you Ace about Diamond. He was dogshit today. He also needs to give Castro a big sloppy kiss for saving him with a great play and also to Michael Ryan for swinging on a 3-0 pitch.

    Have to say our pitching was shithouse to say the least. But I am very excited about Castro. He has a great swing of the bat and man he has sensational range out at SS. He has a canon of an arm but can see it might also get him into trouble ala a younger Ramirez.

    • http://Bleachernation Lonestar

      Ok dingo, let me get this right, Diamond throws a scoreless inning and a third and that’s not good enough? Would you like for him to hit a home run too while he’s pitching?

      • Ace

        I wouldn’t complain if he hit five home runs while pitching.