Was there a Cubs game yesterday?
I was so in shock at Wisconsin's ability to score more than 60 points that I failed to pay attention to yesterday's games. It looks like it was probably a good thing. In the Dbacks game, Ryan Dempster gave up eight hits and a walk in three and 2/3 innings, but shocklingly only three runs. Every 2012-relevant pitcher who played in that game gave up at least a run, except for Carlos Marmol who had a scoreless (two-baserunner) inning. Kerry Wood only managed to get one out while giving up four runs. The Cubs offense managed to scratch out eleven htis but only two runs, one on a Michael Brenly homer.
The Cubs lost the other split squad game 7-5 to the Rockies. No pitcher was particularly shelled but the team slowly bled runs the whole game. Junior Lake provided the main highlight for the Cubs with a three-run homer.
A few players suffered minor injuries yesterday. Darwin Barney felt tightness on his left side while warming up in BP, and Ian Stewart was scratched with a minor quad injury. Blake DeWitt was hit on hte hand by a pitch but probably just needs to rub some dirt on it.
Is there a Cubs game today?
They face the Giants at 3PM CT. Matt Garza pitches for the Cubs, and Len and Mick have the call on Gameday audio. Or you could just watch Florida State obliterate St. Bonaventure.
Theo compensation on the one-yard line
Cubs relief prospect Aaron Kurcz is the PBTNL on the Cubs side. The last part of this tedious process will be the Red Sox sending some likely insignificant player back at some point in the next day or to.
OVBlog bracket challenge update
It was a big day for the favorites yesterday, with only favorite-to-upset VCU winning and stealth favorite to go deep in the tournament UNLV losiing. Mish, cwolf, and skipVB lead the group with 14 correct picks.
Lineup ordering speculation
ESPN's Doug Padilla takes a look at the possible opening day lineup. We know that David DeJesus is the leadoff hitter, and that Starlin Castro will probably be hitting third. LaHair's been talked about for the cleanup spot, Soriano's strong spring could push him back to fifth. But the most important slot that we haven't really received any tea leaves from which to read is the second spot in the lineup. Darwin Barney spent most of the time there last year but I haven't sensed a willingness from Sveum and Thoyer to give a .296 wOBA hitter the second-most PAs on the team. I like Padilla's suggestion, that everyone would just move up a spot, resulting in an opening day lineup of DeJesus, Castro, LaHair, Soriano, Byrd, Stewart, Soto, Barney, P. He has LaHair/Soriano flipped, but eh.
Cubs not leaving Peoria for South Bend
The owner of the South Bend minor league team announced on twitter yesterday that they renewed their affiliation with Arizona for another three years.The Peoria Chiefs are stil lstrapped for ash so the Cubs could move somewhere else in the nearish future, but it won't be to South Bend.
Yesterday's roster cuts
Cabrera, Beliveau, Gaub, Vitters ———> AAA
Lake, Szczur ——-> AA
That's an a gressive promotion for Szczur, who struggled when promoted to high-A last year. He is having a pretty good spring though, for what it's worth, and his roster status has to be factoring in to his promotion.
Is there Wrigley Talk Friday today?
Well, it is Friday. Tune in at 1 PM, if you dare.