The result of today’s game, already of questionable import, was overshadowed by Starlin Castro’s hamstring injury. Fortunately, it sounds quite minor, so we can return our attention to the fake game the Cubs lost.
- Edwin Jackson allowed many baserunners in his two innings of work, but really, that’s all this is for him right now: work. He’s just got to put in his time, get his arm strength ready to go, and maybe work on a pitch or two. The results are not something to be observed too closely until his final Spring start, and even then, meh.
- Carlos Villanueva, like Jackson, got in two innings of work in a starter-like role. In theory, he’s still in the competition for the fifth starter’s spot, together with Chris Rusin and James McDonald (assuming Jake Arrieta is unable to start the season on time), even if Villanueva doesn’t seem to be discussed as much as the other two. He was knocked around for four hits and three earned runs in his two innings, but, like Jackson, he struck out three.
- The final five innings went to Dallas Beeler (two), Neil Ramirez (one), Armando Rivero (one), and Yoanner Negrin (one). Beeler gave up one earned, but the other three pitched shutout innings. Ramirez and Negrin struck out one, and Rivero struck out two. You continue to hear very good things about Rivero from the folks who see him pitch.
- Most of the starters today played seven or so innings, and most were regular guys whose stats don’t really mean much. Each of Brett Jackson, Jorge Soler, Christian Villanueva, and Logan Watkins got into the game late for a pop-in.
- Javier Baez saw the bulk of shortstop action after Castro left, and logged two hits, including a ground rule double. In his other at bat, he struck out, but it came against stud Yordano Ventura, who apparently hit 100 mph twice during the at bat. That’s just stupid velocity for early March.