Spring Training Miscellany: Lester Looking Good, Heyward's Slo-Mo, Schwarber's Shape, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Lester Looking Good, Heyward’s Slo-Mo, Schwarber’s Shape, More

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Today was the final day of Spring Training before games begin, which is just lovely. The Cubs play the Brewers tomorrow, and if you’ve got MLB.tv (or have the Brewers’ cable channel), you’ll be able to watch.

As for camp today …

  • Jon Lester facing Anthony Rizzo in live BP today:

  • … and the Mighty Rizzo has struck out. Lester was apparently looking very, very good today, according to Joe Maddon (Cubs.com). Perhaps, even, the best he’s looked at this point of the year since coming to Chicago. That would certainly be wonderful, given that he’s coming off a down year (though maybe not as bad as some think), and is – by the laws of existence – a year older now than he was last year (34). Lester’s style and repertoire has always been such that we were optimistic he could provide value into the second half of his six-year deal with the Cubs.
  • Meanwhile, Sahadev Sharma got a slo-mo shot of Jason Heyward, obligating folks to try to break down every muscle fiber vibration:

  • There’s not really anything of *significant* value that you’re going to be able to take away from a clip like that, even if it does kinda look like his timing and weight transfer are off, and like he’s leaning too much as he brings his hands back into his load, which would reduce his margin for error and ability to consistently barrel the ball, but I’m #NotAScout and like I said what can you really tell from this clip and I’m just gonna move on hastily.
  • Another slo-mo shot, this time of Kyle Schwarber:

  • Also, seriously:

Seriously. Schwarber is out here looking like a speedy center fielder. #Cubs

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  • I like that the Cubs will wear the Stoneman Douglas caps both Friday and Saturday, which means they’ll wear them for the home opener on Saturday at Sloan Park.
  • More sights and sounds from around camp:

  • Maybe next year, Bryce:


Author: Brett Taylor

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