Spring Training Miscellany: Can't Stay Undefeated Forever, Mills Solid, Kimbrel Shaky, Nico Still Scorching

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Spring Training Miscellany: Can’t Stay Undefeated Forever, Mills Solid, Kimbrel Shaky, Nico Still Scorching

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The Cubs were not going to stay undefeated forever, even in fake baseball mode. There were rolled innings, so you can’t really say for sure what would’ve happened, but the Cubs lost 10-4 to the Indians today.

Alec Mills looked very Alec Mills-like in his two innings (all the starters so far have pretty much just looked like themselves, which is nice). He had a really impressive changeup working, too:

Craig Kimbrel followed Mills, and although his velocity was solid for this time of year (95-96 mph, he typically builds up quite a bit from early spring, and this is the range he’s usually in right now), he wasn’t really locating well. It led to deep counts, hard contact, and a lot of the stuff we were seeing in his troubled stretch early last season. The good news is that he looked all out of whack for four appearances last year, and then after that he cleaned up his mechanics and was pristine the rest of the season. Since last year came without a real Spring Training, now he can just get those four funked-up appearances out of the way in March, and be good to go in April! Right?

On the flip side, the other Cubs pitcher who gave up a four spot was Dillon Maples. Ignore the box score if you didn’t see the game – he was actually fine, with his infield of utility reserves failing to convert three ground balls into outs before any of the damage happened. He looked fine, and the batters looked very uncomfortable. Well, except for the dude who hit a monster homer, but that came after Maples had already gotten five outs in the inning, so …

Nico Hoerner hit a homer and slapped another single, and he’s basically been perfect so far this spring. He really wants people to shut up about him having to start at AAA:

In-game Kris Bryant love for where he is:

https://twitter.com/CubsZone/status/1367959803025387529


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