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Did you follow that title? The Chicago Cubs split their squad today, and took on the Dodgers and the Reds, winning the former 5-3 and losing the latter 10-0.

  • Second base prospect (specifically, the guy the Cubs hope is the second baseman of the future) DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run, walk-off homer to win the game against the Dodgers. I told my wife I would have lost my shit if it were a regular season game. Of course, if it were a regular season game, LeMahieu would have been watching on TV, and the guy who served him the meatball would have been on a bus somewhere.
  • Reed Johnson had a rough go of it in a relatively full game start against the Dodgers. Not only did he go 0-4 at the plate, but he misplayed at least one ball in left field that went for a double.
  • Darwin Barney also went 0-4, so the Dodgers game was unkind to positional dudes trying to make the roster.
  • The game against the Reds featured a number of regulars from the positional side, so there isn’t much to share in this space (which, I hope you’ve gleaned by now, is about guys trying to make the roster) from that one. Koyie Hill went hitless again, leaving his average at a robust .000. He still makes more than you.
  • On the pitching side of things, a number of roster hopefuls were in action. Todd Wellemeyer gave up one earned on three hits and a walk in two innings against the Reds, striking out two. He remains a realistic (if not hoped-for) option to win the long relief job in the bullpen.
  • Casey Coleman, a longshot to win a rotation spot and even longer shot to win a bullpen spot (because he’d probably just go back to AAA to start if he doesn’t make the Cubs), was smacked around by the Reds to the tune of four hits, a walk, and three earned.
  • Four reliever candidates made time against the Dodgers: Thomas Diamond, Jeff Stevens, Marcos Mateo, and Esmailin Caridad. Each saw time with the big club last year, but none is expected to win a bullpen spot. Diamond gave up one earned on two hits over two innings, Stevens also gave up one earned on two hits in one inning, and Mateo and Caridad had uneventful scoreless frames.
  • Top prospects Brett Jackson and Trey McNutt each made appearances today, but neither acquitted himself well. Jackson went 0-2, and McNutt was shelled, giving up four earned in just two thirds of an inning. Brighter futures await.
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  • PFK

    Koy Hill is batting.000. I’m sure if Phil Rogers asked him what was the matter, Koy Hill would say, “Im not worried, I’m working on a few things. I’ll be ready opening day.” …And Rogers would buy into it – probably Hendry too. I love the ST excuses. I also love the old vets trying to earn a spot say, “I’ve haven’t felt this good in 10 years. I’m back.”

  • Jeff

    I wonder if all the Marlon Byrd critics are going to keep talking. (from CCO: Marlon Byrd’s 4 2Bs lead Cactus League, while .600 batting average is 2nd, .647 OBP is 3rd & .867 slugging mark is 4th) Looks like a pretty good number 3 guy to me.

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