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February 2017



Hot Takes: Spring Training

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One of the bad things about living in Oklahoma, outside of the tornadoes, is not being able to watch the Cubs on a daily basis.  It was nice when WGN was the old WGN, which meant that baseball would be on sporadically throughout spring training.  MLB Network looks to have some games on; but some of those are on the time delay format.  But, I will take what I can get.  So, here are some hot takes from yesterdays game with the Cleveland Indians…a rematch from last years World Series (minus a few starters from Game 7).

David Rollins–  Is there a guy more happier for spring training games to begin that this guy?  If you recall, Rollins is the guy who was signed, released…signed and released…then signed and released some more.  All together Rollins was claimed on waivers five times over a five weeks time.  Finally, to put an end to this weird off-season, he appeared for one inning on Sunday against the Indians.  He did not allow a run, nor a hit; but did give up two walks while punching out two.  Rollins has been through a ton…I hope he does well!

Top 5 in the lineup: When I saw the lineup of Jason Heyward, Javier Baez, Jeimer Candelario, Eloy Jimenez, and Albert Almora Jr. to lead off the game, I was more than intrigued to see what this combination would do.  Granted, I know that they would not have a chance of all being in the same lineup at the same time in a game this year.  But I would have wished that they would have put together a nice little run of AB’s to show us the future.  The result: 2 for 11.  After seeing Heyward hit the ball hard on Saturday…not sure what happened Sunday, other than going 0-2 with one walk, one strikeout, and leaving 2 on base.  Leaving guys on base is something that needs to be corrected during the spring.  Signs of life occurred on Saturday with the ground out to second to score the run.  Let’s not get back into the slump of last year (yes, yes…I know it’s early).

Zac Rosscup:  After spending last season on the disabled list, it was nice to read that Rosscup got an inning of work.  His line looked clean outside of the one hit.  Rosscup was always the guy who I lumped together with Kyle Hendricks.  Hendricks scared the snot out of me when he would pitch in 2015.  It was like he was serving up fastballs on a platter by leaving the ball up in the zone quite frequently.  But 2016 changed and Hendricks became a staple of our starters.  Lets hope that Rosscup can make a turn around like Hendricks did.

Matt Szczur:  Another solid game.  2-2 with 1 RBI.  Now batting .750 for the spring.  Go ahead…give him the CF spot and call it good.  That may be sarcastic.  But please,oh please, keep him over Tommy La Stella.

Up Next:  Brett Anderson will be making his Chicago Cubs debut when they face off against the cross town rival White Sox.  Game time is slated for 2:05 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Az.

  • Doc Raker

    I agree on Szczzerzr but that lefty righty thing might work against him

  • Fun afternoon.. Indians broadcasters actually talked about baseball. Think Eloy could give Javy a run for his bat-speed money…dude starts his swing crazy late and gets there