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diamondbacks logoThe Cubs came back after a Diamondbacks comeback yesterday (driven by some Cubes moments), and the Cubs ultimately won their final preseason game with a three-run 9th. Save some drama (and wins) for the regular season, boys.

  • Jason Hammel threw four scoreless innings, just as Edwin Jackson had the day before, which hopefully means both are ready to roll right out of the gate. Hammel struck out five, gave up just two hits, and walked no one.
  • Starlin Castro made his long-awaited return yesterday, going 0-2 with a walk. More importantly, he looked comfortable at the plate, and he ran at what appeared to be full speed. I figure there will still be a little catching up and adjusting in the early going. Maybe it won’t take long.
  • Newly-appointed bullpenner Brian Schlitter got in an inning of work, giving up an earned run on a hit and a walk. The other seven runs came off of Jonathan Sanchez and Marcus Hatley, neither of whom recorded an out.
  • Blake Parker threw a scoreless, one-hit inning in which he struck out the side. Perhaps he was angry that he didn’t get that final bullpen spot, and took it out on the D-Backs. Given the way seasons go, if Parker stays healthy and pitching well at AAA, he’ll be back up at some point.
  • Neil Ramirez was once again dominant in an inning of work, striking out all three men he faced. His future – including his role – remains one of the most intriguing AAA storylines heading into the season.
  • Lendy Castillo even got in an inning of work, with one strikeout. He’s got big league reliever upside, you’ll recall.
  • Prospects Arismendy Alcantara (homer), Dan Vogelbach (two walks), Rubi Silva (hit/run/RBI), and Christian Villanueva (hit/2 RBI) did most of the damage for the Cubs.
  • Ryan Kalish was 3-3, which is swell.
  • Javier Baez was 0-2 with a strikeout and a throwing error, which is less swell.
  • FFP

    Long day today waiting for the season to finally start. Been passing some of the time watching Nate Silver’s relaunch of five thirty eight. His little blow up with Krugman isn’t half as informative as his bigger blow up with climate scientists. It will be interesting if big data can serve us up some regular news. I’m hoping.

    Best stuff so far has been his manifesto. Worst stuff is the pop stuff out of his “data lab”.

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/how-bad-was-the-cabrera-deal/

    and better,

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/cabreras-millions-and-baseballs-billions/

  • http://www.chicagocubsbleachertickets.com Cub Fan Dan

    Thanks for all your pre-season miscellany Brett! I assume Ramirez goes to Iowa as a starter, correct?

    • King Jeff

      This is the first time I can remember thinking this in a long time, but that Iowa rotation is going to be worth watching this year.

      • cavemancubbie

        Looking forward to the Iowa Cubs playing the Isotopes this year.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I hope so.

  • Sect208Row8

    Lots of neat giveaways this year. The anniversary game on the 23rd with the federal’s Jersey is the one I can’t miss.

  • ruby2626

    Schlitter gave up a run and a walk but it was very cheap. Ground ball to 1B and Baez can’t find the base at 2nd, that was the run. The walk was intentional after Baez’ throwing error. One legit hit. On the DP which got Schlitter out of the inning Baez again threw the ball into the dirt but was saved by a nice play by the first baseman. I think Baez’ ceiling is unbelievable but unless he improves dramatically he might have 30 throwing errors by June.

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