cactusAh, the old Spring Training pitchers (and more pitchers) duel. I wasn’t at today’s game, instead opting to take in minor league camp and more of the Cubs’ facilities (but more on that later), so I can’t offer any eyes’ on stuff from the Cubs/Indians game.

But the statistical notes …

  • Travis Wood apparently treated this game like a playoff contest, pitching three scoreless innings, striking out three, allowing one hit, and walking none.
  • Kris Bryant struck out in both of his at bats, about which someone somewhere will overreact in the same way that we overreacted to his homer.
  • Each of Albert Almora (who had a sliding catch) and Arismendy Alcantara started and reached base once in three plate appearances (Almora with a single, Alcantara with a walk).
  • Emilio Bonifacio had a couple hits out of the leadoff spot and stole a base. It seems likely that, assuming he makes the roster, on the days he starts, he’ll be batting at the top of the order.
  • Darwin Barney played shortstop and didn’t have any errors, but I can’t tell you how he looked out there. We’ll have to await reports on that one.
  • Mike Olt had a single and a strikeout in his three at bats on the day while playing first base.
  • Jorge Soler came in late as the DH, walked, and then was caught trying to steal. Folks on the Twitters made it sound like the broadcast made it sound like it was a bad call. Either way, it’s good to know his leg is feeling well enough to try and steal bases.
  • Justin Grimm, who followed Wood, was the only Cubs pitcher to give up a run, on two hits and a walk. Each of Hector Rondon, Chang-Yong Lim, Marcus Hatley, and Tommy Hottovy threw a scoreless frame thereafter. All but Lim struck out one batter.
  • woody

    Kudos for Travis Wood. When will he be recognised as the ace of this staff? Also that is the second time Soler has been caught stealing. Somebody needs to tell him he can’t steal bases. Also I am encouraged that Rizzo has had another multiple hit game. I would rather see him rise his average and OBP and not try to jack everything out of the park.

    • Rich H

      Ace is a term for guys with the pure stuff to be that. Wood is not a stuff pitcher and he does a better job than his peripherals say he can. Think of Mark Burhle. He is good at what he does but needs help to maintain a level of success.

  • ssckelley

    I was so sad to not see Bryan LaHair, have the Indians cut him already?

  • woody

    Don’t worry he is a legend in Japan.

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  • Diehardthefirst

    If he’s the Ace hope Ricketts has another up his sleeve

  • Diehardthefirst

    Barney one step closer to starting SS job for reasons stated previously and also Mgr Rick likes his Bellyfire

    • MichiganGoat

      Oh the fun you give us everyday.

    • ssckelley

      You and Blackhawks the same person?

  • Seth

    This game was pretty boring. That Almora catch was the only real highlight. And the Soler steal attempt was definitely a bad call. He beat the tag by sliding under it.

    My view from the right field line:

  • dannybaseball

    i, for one, will not wear rose-colored when it comes to Bryant…I knew he sucked all along!!!1!!