travis wood beardHappy Pi Day, fellow nerds!

  • Jake Arrieta decided not to use his changeup yesterday (Cubs.com) in the Cubs’ win over the A’s, focusing on his four-seamer, his sinker, and his cutter (which we call the slutter, because it’s such a sharp moving cutter that it looks more like a half cutter, half slider). Mostly I’m just reminded that Arrieta has five effective pitches (add the curveball to those four), and I lose myself.


  • A couple things pitching coach Chris Bosio dropped during the game last night when he was interviewed:

  • He also had very good things to say about Jason Motte. The way Bosio was talking about Wood made it very tough to see any other starter, barring injury, winning a job at the back of the rotation. Wood was already the favorite coming in, and it sounds like no one has done anything to displace that presumption.




  • Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Wada is getting a “precautionary” MRI on his troublesome groin (Cubs.com). Even if it shows nothing serious, and even if he’s able to start throwing in earnest within a week, it’s virtually impossible to see him having sufficient time to build up to a starter’s workload before the season opens. So it’s looking like Wada will land on the DL or in the bullpen to start the season.
  • Kris Bryant was excited about getting to head home to Las Vegas for a couple games, where he’s already a baseball star (Tribune). Also, he said he was really happy to get to see his cat. Kris, you already had me at the monster bombs, winning attitude, and sparkling eyes. But a cat lover, too? Hall of Fame material.
  • Speaking of Bryant, Buster Olney reminds folks that waiting to call him up for a few weeks is a no-brainer.
  • Theo Epstein will throw out the first pitch at South Bend’s home opener on April 9, which is pretty cool.
  • No new word on an extension for the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, though (Tribune). He’s currently signed through the 2016 season.
  • David Ross says he hasn’t been around a better group of young players, in terms of talent and personality (CSN).
  • BN’er Jim has family coming in to Arizona next weekend, and he wanted to take his kids and grandson to the game on Saturday, March 21, but it’s already sold out. If you have tickets you’d be willing to part with, shoot Jim an email to schub at yousq dot net.
  • The Tennessee Smokies liked what they saw from Will Ferrell:




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