Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Bats Explode, Dicey Pitching, Injury Updates, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Bats Explode, Dicey Pitching, Injury Updates, More

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The Cubs’ bats were all over Mariners starter Marco Gonzales today (and most of the guys who followed him), though the Mariners’ bats weren’t too far behind. Good day for offense, I guess. Cubs win 16-12.

The Cubs’ starting catcher homered for the third straight game (Josh Phegley this time), and Albert Almora continued to scorch. I liked seeing Steven Souza smoke a couple balls, too. The Cubs added a homer from Iowa catcher/utility man P.J. Higgins:

  • Javy Báez has looked mighty comfortable at the plate in his two games this Spring. Like, just totally chill and in control of his at bats. Maybe that’s how you should always look in Spring Training, but I like seeing it all the same.
  • Adbert Alzolay had the GOOOOOD curveball working in his inning, throwing it comfortably for strikes and also burying under bats for whiffs. I know we (and he) talk a lot about wanting the changeup to come along because it has so much potential, but let’s not forget his signature pitch. The fastball looked a little low on life today, but that’s to be expected on February 24.
  • Bullpen competitors Dan Winkler, Casey Sadley, and Ryan Tepera each struck out a couple in their inning of work.  Meanwhile, Rowan Wick couldn’t finish his inning as he was all over the place and getting knocked around. We’ll chalk that up to nothing but getting his work in, though I suppose it’s an opportunity to remind folks of the work I did digging into his 2019 success – it was mostly legit, but did have some warning signs.
  • Old friend Carl Edwards, Jr. got into this one for the Mariners and really struggled.
  • Nico Hoerner saw time at second base in the second half of this game.
  • Jose Quintana, like David Ross, is still down with the flu:

  • Anthony Rizzo taking precautions:

  • Brandon Morrow (mild right pec area strain) might starting playing catch tomorrow:

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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.