Game four of the spring campaign and yet another win for the Cubs on their march toward an undefeated spring training campaign. I suppose that’s one way to make sure we win the World Series. If you never lose a game, it’s a lock.
Alfonso Soriano was back in the leadoff spot for this game and was back to normal a little. He did draw a walk, but his other two at bats resulted in strikeouts.
Micah Hoffpauir continues to not understand that he’s not supposed to make this team. He picked up another two hits on the day and now has a .400 average with 8 RBI in just four games. He’s slated to have the day off for his birthday on Sunday. On that day he turns a very non-prospectlike 29 years old. That’s something people need to remember when getting excited about him. He’s not a young kid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about how he’s doing, but I understand that it needs to be taken in context. He needs to be looked at as a veteran, yet without the veteran experience.
Jake Fox, my hopeful backup at the corners took a little hit to his chances with an 0-for-2 day at the plate while leaving four guys on base. On top of that, the Cubs signed veteran 3B, Corey Koskie to a minor league contract yesterday to compete for that backup spot.
Brad Snyder had a good day at the plate, but really didn’t do what the headline of the story on Cubs.com said. “Snyder helps slam door on White Sox”. The Sox never really had a foot IN the door, so Snyder’s grand slam really wasn’t much more than gently closing the door so as not to awaken the sleeping Sox after kissing them goodnight.
Sam Fuld had some continued success at the plate and is hitting .500 early. Last season he came in with a shot at making the club out of camp. This year, with the crowded OF the team has, Fuld should be slated for AAA regardless of his spring stats.
Aaron Heilman got his first shot at winning the 5th starter job and made a good impression by striking out four hitters and allowing just one hit in his two innings of work. He seems like more of an outside contender for the spot, but that could just be my love for Sean Marshall
David Patton, someone I had my eye on last game he pitched, threw two scoreless and is now scoreless in the first three innings he’s thrown. He’s one to watch, as the Cubs would need to keep him on the roster the entire year to keep him due to the Rule 5 draft regulations.
That’s all I’ve got. What were your thoughts?