cactusThe Cubs lost today to the Rockies, sinking them below .500 in Cactus League play. Shrug.

  • Scott Feldman’s day did not go well, as he didn’t have a particular good feel for his pitches. He went just two innings, giving up six hits and a walk, yielding four earned runs.
  • Travis Wood, also now in the rotation to start the year, followed with three quality innings, though. He struck out two, gave up three hits, one earned run, and no walks. If he could do that kind of thing over six/seven innings with regularity, the Cubs will have to figure out a way to keep him in the rotation even after Scott Baker and Matt Garza are ready to return.
  • Non-roster invitee Cory Wade got into a game for the first time in a while, giving up a couple hits and an earned run in his inning of work. I wonder if he was dealing with a minor injury or something, because, on paper, he looks like a guy we’d be seeing quite a bit of in these games (because he looks like the kind of guy who has a legit shot of cracking the pen).
  • Edwin Maysonet, who was playing shortstop and is fighting for the final bench spot, hit an inside-the-park homer. Brad Nelson hit an outside-the-park homer.
  • Otherwise, it was a tepid day offensively for the Cubs – no one had more than one hit, and they took only one walk (Brett Jackson).
  • At least Anthony Rizzo hit a bomb of a homer in an exhibition game for Team Italy. That counts as much as any of these other Spring numbers.
  • Patrick G

    Carlos Marmol drawing interest per mlbtraderumors

  • tim815

    Wade a shot on the roster?

    Let’s April 1st it.

    DL Baker/Gaeza
    Rotation Samardzija/Jackson/Wood/Feldman/Villanueva
    Pen Fujikawa/Marmol/Russell/Camp/Dolis/Rondon/12th guy

    The only way Wade has a chance is if both Garza and Baker are out for the first two weeks, and nobody gets run through waivers late, like Shawn Camp or Villanueva last season. He’d also have to outpace Takahashi for the last spot.

    Yeah, he might be dinged, but there is little reason to consider him anything but a Iowa bullpen likelihood.

    • Patrick G

      If Marmol gets traded, I would think Wade would make the pen

      • tim815

        If Marmol gets traded, somebody will run someone through waivers in late March. If Porcello isn’t the return for Marmol (which drops Villanueva to the pen), Jed will snag someone off the waiver wire late.

        It might not be a pitcher, as the Cubs won’t need 7 relievers for opening day. Kinda like Valbuena last season. Or, it might be, like Camp last season.

        Better to stow Wade in Iowa off the roster and add talent in March that could be flipped at a later date. Or weaned into being a keeper.

    • DB Kyle

      I don’t think either Rondon nor Dolis have locked up spots.

      • tim815

        Locked up? No.

        Better to keep them (unless they are horrid from here on out) than release them to add Wade, who could be stored in Iowa. If a team tries to run a good reliever through waivers, and the only way to get them is to run Rondon or Dolis through waivers, that’s different.

        Rondon>Wade (due to rostering)
        Dolis>Wade (due to rostering)

        Subject to further adjustment, but Wade belongs in Iowa.

        • Brett

          Dolis has an option left.

          • tim815

            Good catch. Still prefer Wade in Iowa to Dolis. Prefer Dolis in Iowa to Rondon getting released. Prefer signing talented guy that got waived over Dolis and Wade, and possibly Rondon.

        • cubfanincardinalland

          Rondon is a lock at this point. He has looked as good as any pitcher on the club.

  • Die hard

    Looks like Theos plan is to have a strong middle inning staff to set stage for losing Marmol in trade

  • MightyBear


    Not sure this picture will work but Rizzo went yard for team Italia. Bienvenido Paisan!

    • Cubbie Blues

      Let’s see if I can help you out.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Guess not.

        • hansman1982


  • Bill

    Feldman is not good, so I think we’ll see more days, like today, than not. It’s probably the only FA signing this winter that I didn’t really like. I don’t mind him in the bullpen, but don’t like him in the rotation, even as the 5th starter. He’s bad.