Today the Cubs got out to a first inning 7-0 lead before a certain starting pitcher offered that lead right back in short order. The Cubs added a bunch late, and brought home the win.
- So, Travis Wood got destroyed to the tune of seven earned runs in two innings (7 hits, 3 homers, 2 walks, a wild pitch, and an error – seriously, it was disastrous). You’ve heard me emphasize repeatedly in this space over the past few weeks that Spring Training stats are to be taken with a grain of salt/small sample sizes/crappy other players/thin, elevated air/don’t know what is being worked on/etc./etc./etc. But, while Spring stats aren’t everything, neither are they nothing. I’m a Wood supporter long-term, but it matters that, today, he was trying his damnedest and he got lit up. Again. To Iowa, Travis. May we see you again in a few months, and then for a long time.
- Jay Jackson threw four scoreless innings in relief of Travis Wood, and he’s made a strong case this Spring for a rotation spot in Iowa. That might not sound like a meaningful accomplishment, but with all the “depth,” that Iowa rotation is looking mighty crowded.
- James Russell threw a couple scoreless, himself, but I doubt it matters – he’s got a job, despite Dale Sveum saying only Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood and maybe Rafael Dolis have spots in the bullpen so far. As for the “other” lefty, Trever Miller threw a scoreless frame, but walked two in the process.
- The lineup was full of a number of regulars, so there weren’t a lot of “battles” going on today. Welington Castillo went 2 for 3 with a double and Steve Clevenger went 1 for 2 with a double. In other words, there continues to be little separation between the two in the back-up catcher competition.
- Joe Mather, who has all but locked up a spot on the bench, was 1 for 3, driving in a couple.
- Blake DeWitt and Adrian Cardenas each went hitless in a couple plate appearances, but Cardenas took a walk. Alfredo Amezaga and Edgar Gonzalez got some hits late, but I’m thinking they aren’t going to find a spot available.