Well, that was a hell of a comeback. Also, an update on Jon Lester’s minor league outing today.
Articles by: Brett Taylor
Eric Jokisch subs on Jon Lester’s day, and the Cubs field a lineup that looks like a keeper against lefties.
Wrigley Field will be without bleachers on April 5, but it will be open, safe, and ready for baseball. With a new video board, too.
The download from the men that made the decisions.
Tributes to Mr. Cub will be offered throughout the night.
“In accordance with long established practice under the Basic Agreement, a club has an unfettered right to determine which players are part of its opening-day roster.”
If you were doing the power ranking thing, how low would be too low to put a team like the Cubs? Buster Olney has ‘em 19th, which strikes me as about the limit.
In so doing, the Cubs effectively have announced that Coke made the team.
The Cubs slapped Tim Hudson around, and Kyle Hendricks was better than his line might indicate.
It felt like Bryant was going to be held up as the example for this issue, and sure enough, he is.
Kyle Hendricks gets the start and the Cubs field a mostly realistic lineup for early in the season.
Bryant and Russell were expected to begin the season in the minor leagues, and Baez was probably 50/50. Still, all at once is a head-turner.
Jon Lester starts tomorrow in a minor league game, and the rotation picture will clarify soon thereafter.
Rosters at all levels of the organization are heading toward being set, which means there’s going to be turnover.
That was the swap we speculated about last week, but it apparently wasn’t the right fit for the Cubs. Also: The Red Sox have taken Sandy Leon off of the trade market.
Joe Maddon isn’t concerned about Jason Motte’s struggles. Setting any Motte-specific issues aside, the Cubs’ bullpen quality and depth should remove some concern.
Plenty to catch up on this morning if you checked out for the weekend. Like, Felix Doubront is now gone. What else might you have missed?