The Cubs Bench Picture Becoming Clearer
Lou started hinting yesterday that Mike Fontenot would get some reps in spring training at shortstop. The idea being that if he can manage to not completely fuck it up, he could keep Andres Blanco off the roster and open up another spot for a legit bat or for Kevin Millar to spin fanciful tales of his World Series days and entertain the press corps.
As it stands now, the assumptions were that the bench would be Koyie Hill, Baker or Fontenot depending on who was starting that day, Andres Blanco, Xavier Nady (or whichever outfielder he's starting for) and then one of Chad Tracy, Micah Hoffpauir, Sam Fuld, Kevin Millar or possibly even Brad Snyder, Bobby Scales or Bryan LaHair. If Fontenot could handle the back-up shortstop duties without being a complete liability, that could open up two spots on the bench and send Blanco back to the minors. Blanco is out of options, so he'd have to go through waivers if that happened, but hardly a loss if someone did decide to give him a 25-man spot.
The other revelation today was that Lou is already ready to give Starlin Castro the shortstop job if Theriot hurts himself.
"If Theriot were to get hurt, which we don't want obviously, we'd just put the kid (Castro) at short and let him play."
Theriot better be sure to always travel in pairs this season.
"Some of the most racist things I've ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said Wednesday on "Breitbart News Patriot Forum." He was fired by ESPN last week.
“In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”
Rolled scoring on Rizzo double
Re ZOBRIST -
Today's game is what I was referring to re Zobrist and RISP struggles. He did come through with his patented single to drive in a run - but also left the bases loaded, and two men on, no outs (called 3rd).
So, I hope he can pick that part of his game up when they start playing the better teams...
Don't see anything on the replay showing where he rolled it and he played for 2 more innings after so at first glance it so doesn't seem major. Very cold today so any discomfort is probably amplified.
How bad was Bryant's ankle sprain?
I'm gonna vote for Castillo so Molina doesn't get it but Ross has caught something in his last year and I'm loving it. He seems like an incredible guy who everyone on this team loves and if he can just be average with his bat that'd be huge this year.
Time to start the not-at-all-tongue-in-cheek David Ross for All-Star write-in campaign.
That was on crazy top of the first -- a single, two walks, 3 stolen bases -- and no runs.
Phil, DJ Wilson seems to mostly have 0-for-X box-scores, from those I've seen and remember.
1. What do you have for his XST record thus far;
2. Is he hitting in bad luck? Or just not hitting the ball very hard very often?
3. Is he having trouble with everything, or does it seem mostly like breaking stuff is what's giving him trouble?
He turns 20 in less than 6 months.
Theo just said on the Kap show that they wanted Contreras to have more development time before coming up and that he might be a 2nd half call up. Madden said too that Contreras would be a call up if a catcher injury happens later in the season and he would only get called up now to cover a single game and not to fill a DL need.
Oof. Forgot that this roster is thin at C behind Montero now that Schwarber is out. I wonder why no Contreras. He's already on the 40-man.
Montero to DL; Federwicz called up
K-DUB: Erling Moreno was at his usual 89-91 MPH for his fastball, featuring a plus-curve (definitely his best pitch), and a promising change-up. In fact, it was his "secondary" stuff and advanced command (for a pitcher his age) that attracted the Cubs to him in the first place, and while his fastball velocity is OK, it hasn't increased in the three years since he signed (minus about a year lost to TJS). But at 6'7 and only 19 years old, he will carry the "projectability" tag for a while.
NFL draft is going on at Grant park, be mindful of the traffic on Lake Shore Drive.
Also park at recreation drive off of LSD, it's free meter parking until May 31. Go under tunnel on LSD and you will be at Addison.
Any word on how Moreno was throwing? Velocity? I'm assuming Cease was his normal 97-98. Did he have command of his curve?
Having your ever vigilant eyes down in Mesa is a great resource. Thanks again!
Yes. Weather looks to be maybe a go for tomorrow's back to back Arrieta no hitter.