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For an inning, with the Cubs up 4-0, Spring Training was telling of things to come. And then it was totally just Spring Training again. Pff. Who cares about the score, right?

  • First the good: Carlos Zambrano was dominant in two innings of work, and Starlin Castro, Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano had multiple hits. Matt Garza had his first professional hit ever. Yes, ever.
  • And the rest: Matt Garza gave up a grand slam, Tyler Colvin had two errors in right field (good thing he’s learning first base, right?), Blake DeWitt went 0-3 with 5 left on base and an error, John Grabow and Jeff Samardzija (each of whom have the inside track on bullpen positions for reasons wholly unrelated to, you know, ability) had rough innings of work, and Justin Berg came out of his 1/3 inning of work with a 189.00 ERA.
  • Positional/Roster Battles: Fernando Perez actually had a hit after taking over in center field. Darwin Barney did the same after taking over at short. Your move, Monsieurs Johnson and Ojeda.
  • czechXican

    3 Cubs who will rise this year:
    Soriano
    Ramirez
    Pena

    3 who will fall:
    Colvin
    Wells

  • czechXican

    3 Cubs who will rise this year:
    Soriano
    Ramirez
    Pena

    3 who will fall:
    Colvin
    Wells
    Byrd

  • RedRider85

    CzechXican – You epic fail!

    3 cubs who will rise? You picked Soriano, Ramirez, and Pena?
    Smokin Grass much lately? While I will agree some turds float,
    A turd is still a turd, no matter how much you polish it!

    I wont even bother with what I think of your comments on the ones who will
    fail.

    • BT

      So your opinion is “You are wrong, but I’m not going to tell you why”?

      Pretty much everyone on the planet thinks Pena and Ramirez will improve, so the only one left that you could possibly have issues with is Soriano. While I don’t think he will be much better than last year, I don’t think it’s fall out of your chair funny to suggest he might.

      • Hogan

        I agree, and I’m not so sure about Colvin or Byrd improving offensively. Not saying that they wont, but there will be better scouting on Colvin and Byrd wasnt really all that great with the bat when you look at the year as a whole (and the one year older cliche).

    • Bric

      Sure Soriano’s a turd, but at least he’s an upper decker.

  • Jeff

    Good to see Justin Berg and John Grabow are in mid season form this early.

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