With games underway (even of the Spring variety), and with Luis in the fold to up the amperage on weekends, there was a ton going on around here if you missed anything …
Friday, March 6
- I looked at three of the likelier candidates for the fifth starter job, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, and Jacob Turner.
- MLB.tv’s full Spring schedule is out, and the Cubs start a stretch of a bunch of games on MLB.tv in a row starting tomorrow, so, you know, buy MLB.tv here.
- The latest set of prospect notes looked at Albert Almora as a breakout candidate, at Kyle Schwarber’s advanced approach, and much more.
- The Cubs dropped Friday afternoon’s Cactus League game to the Reds, but Jon Lester was dominant in his two innings.
Saturday, March 7
- There were a variety of Spring items to go over, including Mike Olt’s new swing and Javier Baez’s inconsistent one. Cubs also set an attendance record.
- Yu Darvish is the latest big name pitcher to have an injured UCL, and he may have to have Tommy John surgery.
- Jon Lester is very clearly a leader on this Cubs team, though he’s a little different about it than you might assume.
- Phil Coke chose a minor league deal with the Cubs over a big league deal with another team. Will his choice prove wise? Luis took a look at just that.
- The Cubs lost to the Rockies, which mostly meh. But Kris Bryant went deeeeeeeep, and you can watch.
Sunday, March 8
- Joe Maddon has some excellent ideas for getting kids more involved and interested in baseball, and, also, I’m headed to Spring Training.
- Don’t try to take third base on Jorge Soler. He will do this, and you will feel shame.
- Luis looked at the Cubs’ strength of schedule this year, and it could make for a tough road.
- The Cubs dropped another Cactus League game, but, hey, Albert Almora had another hit!