Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, Giants 2 – March 20, 2011

Today’s game was light on the roster competitors, but one guy really stood out. Randy Wells was not only excellent today, but he was excellent after some troubles in the first inning. If you’ll recall Wells’ troubles last year, they were almost exclusively early – so this was a good sign. He’s officially (ok, well, not “officially”) the Cubs’ fourth starter. You’ll note that his start today followed Matt Garza, who followed Carlos Zambrano, who followed Ryan Dempster. And who goes tomorrow? Andrew Cashner. Just saying, it might be a good time to enter the Opening Day Contest (win $50)…

  • Koyie Hill went 0-3 while Welington Castillo went 1-2 with an RBI. But you probably knew that without me telling you.
  • Bobby Scales continues to have a nice Spring without much to hope for. He went 2-4, scoring once and driving one in.
  • Ditto Scott Moore who had a double and a walk in four plate appearances. He also had a run and an RBI.
  • John Grabow had his second consecutive successful outing after returning from shoulder soreness. He gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless frame.


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13 responses to “Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, Giants 2 – March 20, 2011”

  1. Dingo

    Castillo also won the game for ‘em, driving in the winning run. Max Ramirez had a walk the previous at bat and played 1B.

  2. jstraw

    Castillo played some excellent defense too. He should break camp with the club, not Hill.

  3. Ol'CharlieBrown

    There’s kind of a tough question I was just asking myself… Who would you guys rather see the Cubs release before the season starts, Koyie Hill or Carlos Silva? (Not saying that one or the other will actually be released. Just hypothetically speaking of course.)

    Im not sure who I dislike more… Who will pull the Cubs down more…

    The more Im thinking, the more I think I would rather see Hill go because this is just the way he is. He isnt going to get any better and can only get worse if his defense slips at all. Silva could potentially return to his early 2010 form, though I truly don’t believe that will happen AT ALL. Its like, 0% chance that Hill will be productive and a 5% chance that Silva will be productive. I don’t like Silva and don’t think he is worth a rotation spot, though he could maybe possibly be somewhat decent to have in the pen. Whereas Koyie Hill is just a Nowhere Man… Sitting in his Nowhere Land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody. (In terms of his playing ability, not as a person.)

  4. art

    Hill’s defense doesn’t warrant a spot on the team. we’re not talking about a gold glove type of catcher here. this is hendry’s move, and I understand that Castillo has to play everyday. I’d play him at 3B, 1B, and some OF to get him some games and release Hill. and again, I’d give 2B to Barney.

  5. Derrick

    Koyie Hill is an awful Baseball player and no matter how cash Hendry gave this guy he should not be a major league baseball team. Castillo has options ok send him down maybe I’d like to Ramirez get a shot. He’ll provide some pop off the bench.