Javy Baez Back in Action at Extended Spring Training

Renato Nunez drilled an RBI double, walked twice, and scored a run, Iolana Akau ripped an RBI double and a single, Nate Freiman (on Oakland A's MLB 15-day DL with a lower back strain) reached base three times (walk, single, and HBP), and Matt Stalcup tossed four innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa.

Frandy de la Rosa pulled a solo HR over the RF fence to account for the lone Cub run.  

Javy Baez was a DH and batted twice in the game, flying out to deep left-center his first time up, and striking out (swinging) on a 1-2 breaking ball his second time up. Baez is in the process of getting back into game shape at Extended Spring Training after missing the first two weeks of the regular season following the death of his sister.     

Prior to the Cactus League EXST game on Field #6, RHPs Jordan Brink, Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF), Scott Frazier, and Jose Zapata threw one inning a piece in a two-inning intrasquad "sim" game on Field #4. Baez "warmed-up" for the Cactus League EXST game by getting an AB in the "sim" game, rifling a double down the LF line off Brink. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-4 DP, F-8) 
2. Ho-Young Son, DH-SS: 1-3 (L-5 DP, 2B, 4-3) 
3a. Javy Baez, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, K) 
3b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #3: 0-1 (BB, F-9) 
4b. Jose Paniagua, PH: 0-1 (F-7) 
5a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, F-7)
5b. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-0 (BB)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, 5-4 FC)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (P-6, F-9)
7b. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-1 (E-9)
8. Tim Saunders, SS-DH: 1-3 (P-4, K, 1B)
9a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-0 (BB)
9b. Yohan Matos, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
10. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, L-4 DP, F-7)
11. Frandy de la Rosa, DH-2B: 1-2 (F-8, HR, R, RBI)  
12. Andrew Ely, 2B-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB) 

1. Adbert Alzolay: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes) 
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. 2B Frandy de la Rosa - E-4 (overthrow at 1st base while attempting to turn 6-4-3 DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (overthrow at 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)  

Yohan Matos: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in th 80's 



Glad to see Baez back. Not glad to see him with a 50% K rate. :) I am sure the Cubs are in no rush getting him back as there is really no place for him to play. I will be interested to see where he goes in the field.

Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales · Theo stressed Baez will stay at second base, play some shortstop, at Iowa

no 3rd, huh...hmmm.

O's cancelled tonight's game because of some rioting on the other side of the city...alright then. james brown would not approve.

Stupid fucking protests messing with my daily fantasy baseball team tonight. Had Adam Jones going and had to swap him out. Luckily I heard about it in time.

I just don't know what to say to this. It made me laugh and cry.

Priorities man. Jones was going to kill it for me tonight. Haha!

Homer Bailey to DL with right elbow strain...M. Scherzer will miss next start with thumb injury, that one doesn't sound too serious though.


Another one bites the dust.

Brandon McCarthy down with UCL tear, likely done for the season.


is any team going to ever offer a pitcher an extension that isn't extremely team friendly by this point?

I love Arrieta but considering his age and you know, pitchers, I would just take chances at arbitration at this point.

Good point Rob G. That is why I like what the Cubs have done building around position players. The Mets clearly didn't learn from from the early 2000's Cubs with Wood, Prior and Zambrano.

Am I the only one pro NL DH here or are there others like me?

Having Vogelberg in the system has convinced me.

I'm not for or against DH by itself but I want both leagues to be the same and since AL will never get rid of DH I'm good with NL getting it. I don't really get the opposition though so eh.

What I don't get is when people say the leagues should have the same rules, so the NL should get the DH. Why can't the NL have a 'never add the DH' stance? AL has stuck by their stance of never getting rid of the DH. That being said, i am sure the NL will cave, but only after they get serious concessions from the players.

So true. Why is that never even considered? The game was founded without a DH. The DH is just a cheap American League marketing gimmick. The DH is an aberration. If you can justify one DH, than why not have 9 DH's and 9 defensive specialists?

Players union want the money DH make more

I think the "Papi" effect means the AL will never give in. Also, I don't think the NL even has a league president.

because interleague play is here to stay and now necessary (for the better). Rules need to be uniform. More importatnly, teams aren't letting their pitchers hit in the minors, it's getting pointless and even dangerous to let them hit. 

I'll miss the fun and unpredictability of a good hitting pitcher, I find it a more fun version of baseball, but it's time is done.

Basically if there was much of a good hitting pitcher left. They are so few, and too often it's just a joke. Is it cool to see Wood hit the occasional bomb? Yes. But 99 percent of the time we just have to watch near automatic outs step up to the plate. They don't practice hitting, why should they have to?

Cubs pitchers I've enjoyed watching hit in the last 15 years or so: Kerry Wood, Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Marquis, Sean Marshall, Travis Wood, maybe even Hammel and Arrieta. I don't think it's that rare to have a pitcher up there who isn't a complete zero. It's an added entertainment to have a slight advantage over the opposing team because your starter for that day might smack a double, and trying to get to the pitcher for an easy out also alters the rhythm of the game. Hard to say how much I'll warm to the DH--maybe that will be even more entertaining?

watching randy johnson try to bat is one of the best things to ever happen to the game of baseball.

Haha, that might be more entertaining that watching a good pitcher hit or having Danny Muno DH for the Mets Sunday night against the Yankees.

One word- Bartolo

oooo nice

Had to look and compare to see how bad these guys were: Colon - 13/165 (.079 BA) Johnson - 78/625 (.125 BA) Lester - 0/44 (.000 BA)

Just not the result, but the waves of movement to reach the result.

Not pro, per se, but I'm prepared for it. I like the idea of 9 vs. 9, but it just doesn't happen outside the NL. No other professional league in the U.S. is without the DH, correct? It's not like the minor league pitchers in the Cubs system bat anywhere until they get to the bigs. That's just silly. Get to the major leagues, and THEN learn a new skill? What? Plus, it's been what, 40 years? Time for the leagues to play the same set of rules. Momentum is in favor of the DH, and I don't care enough to protest it.

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  • Cubster 17 hours 1 min ago (view)


    then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.


  • crunch 17 hours 25 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    rizzo took BP and did some field work today.  also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.


  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    the COVID-Division should be fun.

    teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other...  CO is all "wtf, really?"


  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    ...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts. 

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  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

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