The Cubs lost another double-dip yesterday, with the AL West slapping them around (good luck, Astros). The Cubs lost to the A’s in Phoenix 4-3, and lost in Vegas to the Rangers 12-7.

The notable bits…

  • Jeff Samardzija had a good-looking line against a Rangers’ lineup full of regulars (4 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K), but there is actually just a bit of reason for concern. The first time through the order, he was a buzz saw, sitting down nine in a row. The second time through, however, is when he gave up all three hits and the run. Given that some of the popular wisdom about Samardzija is that he doesn’t have enough MLB-quality pitches to get guys out three, four times a game (i.e., after they’ve seen him once that day), this was a slightly ominous sign. Shark got an at bat yesterday, so there’s no doubt about the role he’s being considered for, though.
  • Paul Maholm gave up three runs in his start (3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K), but none were earned, thanks to a Josh Vitters error. Until we learn otherwise, it remains fair to assume that Maholm is locked into the rotation.
  • Manny Corpas gave up an earned run in two innings of work, striking out two. His ERA stands at 5.40 on the Spring.
  • You know how Trever Miller hadn’t given up anything all Spring? That is no longer true. He was shellacked yesterday to the tune of four hits, a HBP, and five earned runs. His primary competition for the “other” lefty job, Scott Maine, threw a scoreless inning (earlier in the game than Miller).
  • Are those two really trying just to be the “other” lefty? James Russell, presumed to have a job sewn up, isn’t having a great Spring. He gave up four hits and a couple earned runs in his inning of work, and his Spring ERA is up to 8.31. That said, he was all kinds of awesome out of the pen last year, so it’s very hard to see him losing a job based on some crummy Spring outings.
  • Adrian Cardenas killed it yesterday: 3 for 4, two runs, a double and a homer. He played second base, while Blake DeWitt – who went 1 for 5 – played third base.
  • Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger each got time against the Rangers, with the former going 1 for 3, and the later going 1 for 2 with a homer.
  • Joe Mather played solid center field and went 1 for 4.
  • Bric

    What are the options on Trevor Miller and Scott Maine? Given his spring thus far I would imagine Miller would get claimed by another team is he doesn’t make the roster. I also think Maine has gotta have at least one more minor league option left.

    Just thinkin’ that by now we’ve seen pretty much what we’re gonna get from all 3 lefties and unless a trade is in the works for one of them (a very real possibility with Theo and Jed) all 3 have done well enough that it’s going to come down to minor league options for who makes the team.

    • Brett

      Maine does have an option. Miller is on a minor league deal, so the Cubs can keep him at Iowa if he doesn’t make the roster – but, because of a new rule, the Cubs would have to pay him a $100K bonus to do so. Further, he’d have the right to become a free agent again on June 1 if the Cubs haven’t called him up.

      • Bric

        Then all other options being equal, I’d imagine Theo will be looking at what he can get for Miller. If there isn’t a good enough deal or an injury, Maine will go back to Iowa and Miller will get the job. Miller would definitely be a guy to move at the trade deadline if the Cubs are out of it by then. Maine’s service year wouldn’t accrue and the Cubs could pick up a prospect. Not a bad outlook.

  • MichiganGoat

    So it looks like Campana is out and Mathers is in the 5th OF spot.

    • CubFan Paul

      OR Jeff Baker is out (traded) ..Mather can take over Baker’s role (backup 1B, 3B, LF, RF) for $700K less and Campana can make the 25man roster as the 5th OF by default with Reed Johnson as the 4th OF

  • Ryan G

    2 of the hits against Samardzija in the inning were seeing eye singles that just found a whole, the second hit was a hard hit liner at Soriano though. I see where you’re going with it, but
    I wouldn’t look too much into that. He fell behind 3-0 to the first batter and didn’t want to walk him, so he got a pitch to it and snuck it through. I believe he fell behind the next batter too, don’t quote me on that though. Overall, I was still impressed and I’d say with about 75% confidence that him and Volstad will be the two winning the rotation spots.

  • art

    maybe if Charlie Finley were still owner/alive of the A’s he’d sign/trade for Campana. as i’ve said b-4, he’s a one tool player.

  • Dustin S

    Mathers had a Reed Johnson-like diving catch in center yesterday too.

    Is it just me or does it seem like Wellington Castillo drops/misses a lot of pitched balls when catching? Not sure if it is a glove problem or what. It’s a little annoying since umps lean towards calling a pitch a ball more often than not when it happens.