The Cubs did not tie today!
… the Cubs lost today.
There’s a part of me that is going to be sad in nine days when a Cubs loss is going to produce in me actual feelings of frustration and anger. I’m going to miss these times when I’m all, “Cubs lost? OK. Who cares?”
But only slightly. Because I want me some regular season baseball.
- The Cubs lost 4-2 today to the Indians, and the only two runs they got came in the 9th inning on an Ian Happ homer. You are reminded that, unlike the other top prospects at this point, Happ is still in big league camp. He’s had a truly fantastic spring, and, although he’s going to be cut before the Cubs head to St. Louis to open the season, he will hopefully head into the minor league year with some momentum. If the bat does this at AA/AAA? It’s going to be very difficult not to figure out how to get him involved at the big league level as soon as the second half. (How, you ask? *looks at roster* I have no freaking clue.)
- All of the damage came in the later innings today, as John Lackey worked five scoreless before allowing a run in his sixth and final inning. You can’t take much away from the numbers, as we’ve said before, but there were certainly no signs of trouble there (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K).
- Jhondaniel Medina and Dylan Floro, upper minors depth, gave up the other three Indians runs. Felix Pena pitched a scoreless ninth, and remains one of the first “on-deck” options when the Cubs need to bring up another reliever in the regular season.
- Offensively, as I said, it was pretty much Happ and nothing else. Happ started because Addison Russell was scratched with a stiff back. Hopefully there’s nothing there, being that it’s still only just spring.
- Speaking of which, Albert Almora left the game early with a stiff neck, but he’s expected to play this weekend.
Those aren't pebbles. Someone's car got it during BP. Good chance it was Schwarber pic.twitter.com/A7w8NpIFzC
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 24, 2017
- Speaking of which, the big non-game news from the day was Kyle Schwarber catching for the first time in a year. Well, I guess that’s game news, but it wasn’t the big league game – Schwarber caught four innings in a minor league game, and it felt good:
Schwarber: "“I love catching. For me to be able to do that – and feel pretty good about myself walking away from (it) – was a good step.”
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) March 24, 2017