Cubs Relieve Locker Room Crowd with 18 Cuts
The Cubs dropped their spring training roster down to 40 today by optioning and assigning 18 players to the minors.
To the list...
RHP: Robert Coello, Thomas Diamond, Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Kyle Smit, Chris Carpenter, Trey McNutt, Jay Jackson
LHP: Scott Rice
C: Steve Clevenger, Chris Robinson
INF: Bryan LaHair, Marquez Smith, Josh Vitters
OF: Jim Adduci, Brett Jackson, Lou Montanez, Brad Snyder
They join Esmailin Caridad and John Gaub who were optioned last week. Marquez Smith is the only one that I'm surprised by, but it was a longshot for him to make the team anyway.
That leaves 20 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and six outfielders. The NRI's that are still in camp include:
Todd Wellemeyer, Braden Looper, Angel Guzman, Matt Camp, Scott Moore, Augie Ojeda, Bobby Scales and Reed Johnson
And the rest of the current spring training roster:
C: Soto, Hill, Castillo, M. Ramirez
INF: Pena, Baker, Dewitt, Castro, Barney, A. Ramirez
OF: Soriano, Colvin, Fukudome, Byrd, Perez
SP: Zambrano, Dempster, Garza, Wells, Silva, Cashner, Coleman, J. Russell
RP: Marmol, Wood, Marshall, Grabow, Samardzija, Maine, Stevens, J. Berg, Mateo
Would hope so. Don't think the Cards can activate a retired player for the playoffs.
I'm curious. In your experience watching prospects at the lowest and more instructional level, what do teams teach their young players regarding takeout slides (for instance, would they teach guys to do the Coghlan/Kang type slide, discourage late slides like Utley's and Holliday's, etc.), and has what they teach changed at all in recent years?
Phil, now that instructs are over, did you see any players worthy of the title of breakout?
Yeah Schwarber would have still gone out I think. Fowler's was aided but hey if the wind is blowing out nothing wrong with just trying to get the ball in the air.
Schwarber's was hit hard, into cross wind
Fowler's was straight up, heyward followed it until it went out
Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.
Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.
It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.
Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.
Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.
I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.
Benji Molina is out of lineup
Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.
Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.
If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.
No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.
I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.
Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!
BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.