Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win 2-1, Chatwood Dominates, Dingers Carry the Day

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win 2-1, Chatwood Dominates, Dingers Carry the Day

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In their second game of the split-squad day, the Cubs hosted their first night game of the season at Sloan Park, and – on a Tuesday night – it was a record-setting affair.

That’s a Cubs record and a Cactus League record and a really good Friday night for the Rays.

Meanwhile …

  • For a guy with fantastic stuff, Chatwood has never been a strikeout pitcher – his strikeout rate has never started with a two. Last night, of course, shouldn’t change your expectations on that front, but at 28 years old with great stuff, another year removed from Tommy John surgery, and joining a new organization with a great pitching infrastructure? Seeing some uptick in his strikeout rate would not at all be surprising.
  • (That said, the game featured 23 strikeouts overall and just two walks. It’s possible it was a particularly generous strike zone.)
  • Brandon Morrow, Carl Edwards Jr., and Brian Duensing all pitched scoreless innings in this one.
  • Victor Caratini was already not going to win the back-up catcher job without an injury to Chris Gimenez (or heaven forbid Willson Contreras), which means the Cubs can definitely play it very cautious with this:

  • The game featured a special first pitch:

  • From a Spring Training game across the country, Willians Astudillo has thrown down the gauntlet for Willson Contreras:


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Author: Brett Taylor

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