Spring Training Miscellany: The Cubs Played a Baseball Game Today Amid the Madness

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Spring Training Miscellany: The Cubs Played a Baseball Game Today Amid the Madness

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The afternoon got understandably derailed by the Bryce Harper signing and the 13-year(!) contract the Phillies gave him. It was very hard to keep in mind that the Cubs were playing a Spring Training game (baby, woo, yeah!).

Kyle Hendricks made his spring debut, doing what he always does:

  • Brian Duensing and Brandon Kintzler threw another scoreless frame apiece, which obviously doesn’t mean a ton other than the fact that they’re healthy and – unlike the relievers who have yet to debut – they are competing for a bullpen job, rather than locked into one.
  • Most of the damage came against Jen-Ho Tseng, pitching later on in the game, and unable to record outs. Tseng has minor league options remaining, but he’s not a lock to stay on the Cubs’ 40-man roster all year if he’s not looking like a future big leaguer. Although he’s only 24 and has had plenty of minor league success, looking good in the Spring may help him get a chance to make more starts in an increasingly crowded AAA Iowa rotation.
  • Lots of regulars in the lineup for the Cubs today, but Kyle Schwarber’s double was the only extra-base hit for that group.
  • More on this later, but an early look at what Willson Contreras has worked on:

  • Rizzo’s fancy blond locks will be gone soon enough (two days until Respect Bald), so enjoy them while you can:


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