Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 12, Mariners 7 – March 19, 2012

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.

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11 responses to “Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 12, Mariners 7 – March 19, 2012”

  1. Spoda17

    I am so glad we did not sign Yoenis Cespedes… I know it is just Spring, but there is really nothing baseball related that impresses me about him… Okay, he is a physical specimen, but so was Brian Bosworth… and we know how that turned out…

    1. wilbur

      Can we honestly say Boz’s acting ever got off the ground?

  2. JustSwain

    Can’t compare Cespedes to the Boz until Cespedes can get his acting career off the ground. I agree with you to some extent about Cespedes, but he’s got more than a physical build, he’s got a physical build and eyes good enough to hit fastballs. The only reason I agree with you that I’m glad we didn’t get Cespedes was because he got 36mil for four years, and that is too much for an untested player. He’s never faced ML pitching before, and pitchers haven’t seen him around much, and when you sink 36 mil into a player just to find out he swings over the top of every sinker he sees, or flails miserably at good changeups is a sickening feeling. We know Cespedes is good, we know he can hit both fastballs and breaking pitches, but we do not know if there is a hole in his swing. On the flip side, if he does hit the cover off the ball, you only have him under team control for four years, and then he leaves and becomes a star for a team that can afford him. There is a very narrow margin for this to pay off for the A’s, and you can bet he’ll still be getting regular at bats if he is hitting .233 in July.

    1. Cubbie Blues

      The biggest part of the Cespedes contract is the fact that he will be a free agent at the the end of the 4 years. I saw somewhere yesterday (can’t remember where) that the cubs offered 3 years 36 mil but that pails in comparison when you add in the free agency.

      1. JustSwain

        Cubs offered 36 mil, for 6 years

  3. JustSwain

    Anyone else keeping track of the Chris Volstad v Yu Darvish Spring training throwdown, I think we can call this one a draw puttiing Chris at 2-1-0 as far as outings this spring over the much touted star (their starts have been matching up so I’ve been keeping track). Darvish did have the advantage this time though since Volstad annoyingly started on the wrong day and ruined my game, so Yu knew what he had to do to match him. I expect come regular season Darvish will pull away, but you never can tell, and at 20% of the price, Volstad is a steal!

    1. Richard Nose

      I’ve been playing the Darvish v. Volstad game too!!!……errrr jk. I like it though!

  4. Ben

    I definitely thought the Marshall trade was a win for the Cubs. I would def. trade the reds back now after Wood’s Spring. I know you aren’t supposed to worry about stats, but a pitcher who cannot keep the ball down and cannot locate his pitches is a concern. I hope he figures it out.

    1. Edwin

      If you liked the trade before, you should still like it now. Nothing has changed, other than some bad spring appearences from Wood. He could have thrown 10 great innings, and it still wouldn’t matter. Most of Wood’s value comes from the fact that the Cubs get him very cheaply for the next five years. He has plenty of time to turn things around. Just keep in mind that even at his best, he’s probably an average starter.

  5. Evolution

    Also…when discussing the Marshall trade, don’t forget about Torreyes. He may (or may not) make it, but there are several parts to the trade. A bad spring for a young guy coming from another organization is not the end of the world…he may need time and tutelage, or he may not make it. I’m not judging anyone from one spring.

    How many teams are the same on Opening Day and on September 30th?

  6. Ben

    Yeah, I am not second guessing the trade. I just thought Wood was a #4 type and not a work-in-progress #5 type….Sappelt meh whatever…Torreyes I like