Spring Training Battle Watch: March 20, 2010

Half the Cubs took down the Royals, while the other half lost to Ben Sheets and the A’s. Wouldn’t you know it, Sheets had been God-awful all Spring until he faced the Cubs. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s just Spring Training…

  • Jeff Baker, in what is a perfectly recurring theme, played third base and went hitless. If he hadn’t been a lock to make the roster going into Spring Training, he assuredly would not have made the team, as he’s done absolutely nothing.
  • Kevin Millar came in late and had a single. You just know that Lou is going over in his head all of the scenarios that allow him to carry both Millar and Chad Tracy, who himself went 1-2 with a walk yesterday.
  • Speaking of bench candidates, Tyler Colvin finally had a crappy day, going 0-4. Not making the Cubs might end up being the best thing for his career right now.
  • Tom Gorzelanny didn’t do much to help himself in the starting rotation competition. Although he didn’t give up an earned run, he gave up an astronomical four hits and five walks in just 3.2 innings.
  • John Gaub, a lefty who still has any outside chance of claiming the final bullpen spot (but, as a lefty, suffers from the same problem as does the far more successful James Russell – too-many-lefty-itis), had a dominant outing, striking out the side in his inning of work.

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