The Cubs lost to the Dodgers today, but, let’s get real, you were watching the NCAA Tournament. Oh, Southern … so close to history.
- Scott Feldman’s outing today was modestly better than his last one, but he still gave up four earned in his five innings of work on seven hits. It’s nice that he walked none and struck out five, but if pounding the zone was the only thing he was trying to do, the Dodgers were content to take what he was giving them. Again: results don’t really matter all that much, but we’re getting close to the season. And Feldman is very important.
- Dale Sveum essentially said Michael Bowden is making the pen, and Bowden was rewarded with … 0.1 innings of work today. Which is fine, because it was clean.
- Hisanori Takahashi got the other 0.2 in that inning, and he struck out one, allowing nothing. With Bowden claiming one of the two open spots in the pen, Takahashi is a prime competitor for that other spot, together with fellow lefty Chris Rusin. If it isn’t one of them, there’s a huge, long list of righty non-roster invites from whom to choose (and little to differentiate them).
- Speaking of which, Jaye Chapman threw a scoreless inning (striking out one), and Jensen Lewis threw a one-earned-run inning (one hit, one walk) while striking out two. The Cubs are either going to have one of the most veteran-heavy AAA bullpens in baseball, or a number of these guys are going to be given a chance to go play elsewhere.
- Starlin Castro, when he’s played, has quietly had a huge Spring. He had another two hits today, including his first Spring homer.
- Brent Lillibridge did as Brent Lillibridge does, adding two more hits and a walk to his gaudy Spring totals. Brian Bogusevic also had another two hits, but his spot on the roster is much, much more questionable than Lillibridge’s.