Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Brewers, Miller's Slider Looked Good, So Many Strikeouts

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Brewers, Miller’s Slider Looked Good, So Many Strikeouts

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The Cubs are right back on their winning spring ways, beating the Brewers 3-1. The only run given up was on an Orlando Arcia single off of Shelby Miller, so I mean, you can barely even count that one. Arcia just does that to the Cubs.

Miller looked pretty good, by the way, as hoped. The new slider he developed over the past year? It’s a really good looking pitch:

Spring Training results don’t “matter,” but I gotta tell you, the ending to this one was very cool: you had Keegan Thompson striking out Travis Shaw to end the 4th inning, and then in the 5th, 6th, and 7th, each of James Norwood, Michael Rucker, and Juan Gamez strike out three. So the final 10 outs of the game for the Cubs were all recorded by strikeout!

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Speaking of Thompson, he looked every bit the high-floor, pitchability type you hear about (and the reason why the Cubs put him on the 40-man roster). Just looks like a big league pitcher. Maybe the ceiling isn’t much beyond a fourth starter or so, but yeah. He looks the part. Good depth to have.

Joc Pederson went deep again, Ian Happ had another good game, and Austin Romine had a couple hits.

Meanwhile, a trio of guys showing up at camp:



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.