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.
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