Spring Training Miscellany: Quintana Fantastic, Couple Dingers, Hoped-On Relievers, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Quintana Fantastic, Couple Dingers, Hoped-On Relievers, More

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There’s another game this evening, but I think I’m gonna get you this Miscellany now, and I’ll touch on goodies from the nightcap (8pm CT) later. The Cubs knocked some dingers today, and Jose Quintana pitched well, so that’s a win over the Rangers. Just make sure you do it again next week when it counts, boys.

  • Quintana went six innings, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks, and he struck out six. Yes please, again and again and again:

  • He may be the Cubs’ “fifth” starter, but it’s not like Quintana isn’t a guy who could front a few rotations around baseball. He’s had some hiccups with the Cubs, but before last year, he was consistently a top 20 pitcher in baseball. Kinda wild. Anyway, Quintana may stick in Arizona when the rest of the team travels to get in one more tune-up:

  • Tyler Chatwood followed Quintana with yet another quick and efficient scoreless single frame of relief, so he’s pretty much getting into that role, it seems (whereas I suspect Mike Montgomery might be the guy first up to flex into the rotation if there’s a need).
  • Brandon Kintzler got work for the second straight day, which is something the Cubs like to do near the end of Spring Training with guys who’ll be expected to do that during the regular season. He, too, will be making the bullpen.
  • Positionally, those dingers came from Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist:

  • Reliever Tony Barnette is expected to open the season on the IL, but he’s coming along:

  • Meanwhile, two other arms getting back in action tomorrow:

  • Kyle Schwarber, annual car-wrecker:

  • And a reminder for tonight:


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