Spring Training Miscellany, Sloan Finale, Rizzo Dinger, Bullpen Decision, and Other Bullets

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Spring Training Miscellany, Sloan Finale, Rizzo Dinger, Bullpen Decision, and Other Bullets

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After a 21-hour drive to Florida to start our Spring Break (construction, woo!), I spent my first night and morning … in the hospital with one of the kiddos. All is well now, but man alive. What a couple days. For that reason, your Bullets this morning are also your Spring Training Miscellany for last night …

  • Crushing blow for the Cubs, and a great victory for the Brewers. Undoubtedly the high point of their 2018 calendar year.
  • Ian Happ led off the Mariners game with a homer, naturally, and Anthony Rizzo went deep in the game at Sloan:

  • Speaking of the finale at Sloan:

  • Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler (Middie Butgomery!) started the split-squad games, with Mongtomery going four scoreless, and Butler going five and allow two earned runs. Neither shows great on the K/BB side of the ledger, but that may not matter too much at this point in the spring. The Cubs know what they have in these guys, and know the roles that lay ahead for them: Montgomery will be in the bullpen (though the Cubs are clearly still keeping him stretched out for multi-inning appearances), and Butler will also be a multi-inning reliever type if he makes the Cubs. If not, he’ll hit the waiver wire and the Cubs will cross their fingers that he somehow makes it through.
  • Pedro Strop was able to make another Cactus League appearance last night without issue, so health will probably not be the primary question for whether he starts the season on the DL. Instead, it’ll be about his readiness to go full speed, and/or the Cubs’ desire to hang onto two other relievers for a few days while they sort out the longer-term plan for Butler and any other minor league deal arm they add to the 40-man roster.
  • … it’s also possible that some other reliever hits the waiver wire from another team, and the Cubs decide to go that route for the final bullpen spot(s).
  • Whatever the plan, the decision is coming soon. Today is the final Cactus League game before the Cubs head off to Florida, where they’ll play two exhibition games against the Red Sox, and then OPEN THE SEASON(!!!) against the Marlins on Thursday.
  • One of the joys of Spring Training is seeing superstars taking time to talk to the obscure, nameless youngsters who are getting a chance to meet their heroes in person for a brief moment during a game:

  • With Anthony Rizzo in Miami for the series, the makes all the more sense:

  • Beautiful:

  • Night lights, outdoor tools, and books are your Deals of the Day at Amazon.
  • And if you were already totally a huge Loyola fan and, uh, yeah, like for decades, and you just want to support the team:


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