And the Cubs end the Cactus League slate with a bang. The Cubs whooped the Rockies 10-0 (Box Score), as clearly everyone has been holding back to gear up at exactly the right time for the season. Clearly.
- Jon Lester dominated the Rockies for five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out 10(!). That’s about as good as it could possibly get, and, while you wouldn’t say the results are predictive of his ability heading into the season (certainly not more than his years of experience), but you could say that it suggests he’s feeling really good right now. And that’s good.
- He’s also feeling powerful right now, since he hit a huge opposite field homer!
- Adam Warren followed Lester with two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one. That’s the kind of role he’ll be filling for the Cubs this year out of the gate, and if he can be effective for two innings every third game or so, that’s just a killer weapon.
- And Clayton Richard pitched two scoreless innings (two hits, one walk, one strikeout) to end the game. It’s fun to think about employing that kind of a set up in an actual game this year – talk about saving your starters and your bullpen.
- The bats came out in a big way in support of Lester and the close of the Cactus League, with 17 hits on the day. Kyle Schwarber hit his second homer in as many days, and Addison Russell and Kris Bryant doubled. Jorge Soler and Tommy La Stella each had two hits on the day. And then there was the ageless wonder, David Ross, who doubled three times in the game. Save some for the regular season!
- At one point, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo pulled off a double steal. #Bryzzo.