Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win, New Record, Chatwood Solid, Bats Rake, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win, New Record, Chatwood Solid, Bats Rake, More

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The Cubs beat the Diamondbacks today at Salt River Fields, where it sounded – in the videos, anyway – more like it was at Sloan Park. As usual, Cubs fans travel:

I reckon virtually all Cactus League record attendance figures come in games against the Cubs.

  • Kyle Hendricks, briefly, on his outing:

  • Clearly, we are at a point where you can’t put too much into any one positive Tyler Chatwood outing, and it’s hard to know how/if/when we will ever trust that he’s past the EXTREME command issues that torpedoed him completely last year. I just don’t know that it could have happened this Spring anyway. But, all that said, this is actually pretty great to see:

  • So long as you don’t blow it out of proportion, it’s good to know that he had a really wild last outing but did not carry it mentally/mechanically into the next one. He’s here and he’s gonna be here. The Cubs are better if he pitches well.
  • Mike Montgomery and Allen Webster followed Chatwood with clean appearances. Montgomery was delayed by shoulder stiffness at the outset of the spring, but seems to be long over it. Webster is gunning for a job in the bullpen.

  • Meanwhile, a number of the bullpen regulars got work in at the minor league games today, per our own minor league dude Bryan. Each of Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr., and Brad Brach pitched in the minor league games, which is fairly standard for established guys who are not going to travel with the big league team to another park for a Cactus League game.

  • David Bote continues to rake this Spring, sending a homer the other way in this one. He also singled in the game, raising his OPS to 1.3lol52 and is your frontrunner for Cactus League MVP.
  • Anthony Rizzo smacking a double and Javy Baez smacking a single:

  • Javy Baez, making friends, as he does:

  • Fun is fun, and Anthony Rizzo is as good at this particular joking face as any athlete:


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.