Spring Training Battlewatch: March 8, 2009

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Spring Training Battlewatch: March 8, 2009

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs continued losing, this time to the Rangers. Meh. Pitching dominated the Spring Training battles this time around:

  • Sean Marshall held some really good Rangers hitters scoreless for four innings. I still have a feeling the Cubs would prefer if someone else won the fifth starter job because of Marshall’s dual value as a lefty and a swingman in the pen. But coupled with his dyno-mite start last time, he’s putting together a spring that will make it very hard to keep him out of the rotation.
  • Luis Vizcaino – a near lock to make the bullpen based on Lou Piniella’s comments that seem to assume Vizcaino isn’t battling for anything – had a horrible, control-less 2/3 of an inning. Couldn’t throw strikes, issued three walks and gave up a couple earned runs.
  • Kevin Hart was even worse against non-regulars, and any hope he had of stealing a bullpen spot is quickly evaporating.
  • Neil Cotts, on the other hand, further solidified his spot as potentially the sole lefty in the pen, after throwing a scoreless inning and striking out the side.
  • Aaron Miles had one of the only positional battle game of note: he didn’t do squat, and now stands at .208 on the Spring.
  • Koyie Hill went 2-2, and so far, is out-dualing The Bako for the backup catcher job.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.