Spring Training Battle Watch: March 21, 2010

The Chicago Cubs worked a 1-1 Bud Selig special with the Cincinnati Reds today. Very few regulars in the lineup today is what we’ll blame for the lack of offense…

  • Carlos Silva pitched two innings, giving up a solo homer and a walk, and striking out two. He was pulled for his at bat in the third with a tight (and gigantic) quad, mostly as a precaution. Of course, if the Cubs are going to pull Carlos Silva as a precaution before at bats because they’re afraid he’s going to suffer a malady, shouldn’t they pull him before every at bat? That’s a whole lot of business trucking up the first baseline. Ba-zing.
  • Justin Berg and Esmailin Caridad, who’ve already secured spots in the pen, continued their dominant Springs, each throwing a scoreless frame. Also throwing a scoreless frame? James Russell – that’s now eight scoreless innings for the lefty. If he threw with his other hand, he’d be a lock for the pen.
  • We haven’t heard much from Marcos Mateo yet this Spring. The young reliever is a kid who’s future is relatively bright, and who is well-thought-of by the organization, but is not a guy who many thought would make the pen this year. His two strikeout, scoreless inning today was solid, but his 8+ ERA so far this Spring is not.
  • Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar, competing for a bench spot, both went 0-3. Tyler Colvin, on the other hand, was 2-4 with a double. I’m not saying. I’m just sayin’.
  • Sam Fuld’s brutal Spring just won’t end (well, actually, it will end at some point) – another 0-fer, and his Spring average is down to .125.

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