sloan park mesa cubs marqueeThe Cubs dropped both legs of their split squad day today, 3-2 to the Royals at Sloan, and 4-2 to the Rockies on the road.

Spring Training records do not matter, so I provide this only by way of an update on things that have occurred: the Cubs are now 1-5 on the Spring.

Some of the things …

  • Jason Hammel walked the first batter he faced, but later picked him off, and otherwise had an uneventful (in a good way) two inning appearance. As we’ve discussed, this is a huge year for Hammel and the Cubs, so him being “first-half Hammel” in the, well, first half, would be great. Also, the second half.
  • Clayton Richard was dominant for two innings after Hammel, striking out four (including the side in his second inning) and picking a runner off.


  • The only pitcher who gave up anything was Andury Acevedo, who couldn’t finish his inning. The 25-year-old righty is on the 40-man roster with the Cubs, having signed a big league deal in the offseason despite never having pitched in the big leagues before – his stuff is that easy to dream on. He’ll probably still head to the minors for a while before seeing big league action, but he’s one to follow.
  • Tommy La Stella left the game with what is being termed a sore calf, and I’d imagine we’ll have a little more to discuss on that tomorrow. He’s not a lock for the big league bench, but this is definitely something to watch.
  • In the Sloan game, the Cubs’ only offense came via another Addison Russell homer, his second of the Spring. There’s a lot of chatter around camp about this being the year Russell’s power really takes a step forward, and we’ll see if that bears out in the regular season. There’s no reason to think it couldn’t.


  • It generally sounded like Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras looked good behind the plate in that one.
  • Against the Rockies, the Cubs’ only offense came via the homer, too. Jason Heyward hit his first homer (of the Spring variety) with the Cubs today, and it was a rocket:

  • That made me feel pretty good about my joke version, which I wrote before the facts came out (hey, click that “like” button!):

BOOM! Jason Heyward just hit his first Spring homer with the Cubs. The game isn’t televised, so we’ll all just have to…

Posted by Bleacher Nation on Monday, March 7, 2016

Anthony Rizzo also homered for the first time this Spring, and his was also a laser (that I really wish I could have seen):

  • Aaron Brooks and Stephen Fife pitched the first four innings against the Rockies in clean fashion before Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez came in and struggled. I seem to recall Grimm having Spring issues before, so I’m not at all concerned, as long as he’s healthy. Ramirez’s spot on the roster is obviously much more tenuous – not that “runs given up in Spring Training games” will be the deciding factor, but you’d like to see him throwing well.



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