Spring Training Miscellany: Rockies Thump the Cubs, Lester Debuts, Happ, Wieck, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Rockies Thump the Cubs, Lester Debuts, Happ, Wieck, More

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The Cubs got knocked around by the Rockies today, and didn’t even get a homer from one of their catchers. Total loss.

  • Jon Lester’s abbreviated Spring Training debut featured poor defense behind him, and a number of hits. It should concern you zero, relative to anything you already felt about Lester’s anticipated 2020 season (which is to say: at his age, it is always possible he could fall way off or get hurt at any time, but he’s still a fair bet to be a solid 4/5 starter).
  • Indeed, the only newsworthy bit was that Lester was on the mound for David Ross’s first ever yank:

  • Each of Duane Underwood, Jr. and James Norwood gave up four hits in their innings of work. Rex Brothers looked good again in a two-strikeout performance.
  • Nice to see Cubs pitching prospect Tyson Miller get in an inning of work, 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. He’ll be a key part of the Iowa Cubs rotation to open the season, and possibly big league starting depth if necessary.
  • This is such a beautiful shot, by which I mostly mean the video, but seeing Ian Happ go the other way from the right-handed side is beautiful:

  • Big lefty Brad Wieck is away from the team right now, and no reason has been released. We’ll assume for now that it’s a personal matter and he’ll be back when he’s back, competing for a bullpen spot.
  • Upcoming starting pitchers:

  • Great stuff:



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.