Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Tie, PCA and Effross, Hudson, Dusty Baker Faces His Son, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Tie, PCA and Effross, Hudson, Dusty Baker Faces His Son, More

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Spring training tie szn is back, baby. Cubs and Dodgers tied at two today. Game over. Go home without blood or satisfaction.

•   I enjoyed watching Pete Crow-Armstrong get some more game action. In his first at bat, he fouled off some pitches before slapping a single the other way. Then, after Chase Strumpf hit a rocket to third that the third baseman couldn’t handle, PCA stole third base, and then scored on a throw that got away.

•   I really want Scott Effross to be a contributor to the Cubs’ bullpen this year because I enjoy watching him pitch so much. His calling card is the sinker-slider combo – they pair so well off each other from his sidearm angle. But today he busted out a NASTY righty-on-righty changeup, which would be a huge occasional out pitch if he could command it:

•   Got to see biiiiiiig lefty Bryan Hudson in action (looked decent enough, but so hard to really evaluate from today’s camera angle). The 2015 third rounder was finally converted into a full-time relief role last year, and pitched well (not dominant, but well, thanks in large part to a whopping 65.0% groundball rate) at Double-A Tennessee. He figures to be at Iowa to open this year, and will be on the radar for the big league bullpen if a dire need develops, or if he shows he’s taken a step forward.

•   Oh, also, Hudson was credited with a second inning of work in the box score, but that second inning was actually different human (and righty) Cayne Ueckert.

•   Speaking of which, the broadcast today (no Marquee, only the Dodgers’ feed) has some big Spring Training vibes:

•   Great shot right here:

•   Elsewhere today, this is really sweet and also pretty wild:


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