The longest week of our lives are upon us. For some of us that is because we are just getting back from Spring Break and are sitting in class reading this. For others, each day of the next week is going to drag on because the light at the end of the tunnel that is Opening Day is here. Seven days people, we can do it.
But before we look too far ahead, let’s recap the weekend that was.
The Cubs were taken down on Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4.
- Jon Lester went 5 innings, giving up only 2 hits and allowing 0 earned runs.
- Clayton Richard came in for the 9th inning and gave up 5 earned runs, obviously taking the loss.
- Both Ben Zobrist and Munenori Kawasaki (roster hopeful) chipped in for 2 hits on the day.
Saturday included 2 games, the first being a 5-2 loss to San Francisco.
- John Lackey had mixed results, allowing 5 earned runs by way of 6 hits over 5 innings.
- Kyle Schwarber had 2 hits.
- Addison Russell went deep in this one.
The bats continued their fireworks display into Sunday in the 12-9 loss to the Mariners.
- Jason Hammel got roughed up quite a bit in 4.1 innings, being charged with giving up 8 hits and 9 earned runs (it is Spring, don’t worry).
- Kris Bryant had 2 hits, but didn’t go deep.
- Matt Szczur (roster hopeful) had 2 hits and did go deep, meaning he is probably a lot better than KB.
- Russell, Dexter Fowler, and Jason Heyward all went yard as well.
Besides the in-game results…
- 9 players were sent down to minor league camp. Those players were position players Albert Almora Jr. (OOTV #5), John Andreoli, Jesus Guzman, Matt Murton, Kris Negron, Juan Perez, as well as pitchers Brandon Gomes, Jean Machi, and Ryan Williams (OOTV #3).
- Shane Victorino reportedly accepted an invitation to a rehab assignment which means he will spend the beginning of his 2016 season in extended Spring Training. I would expect him to be the first replacement in Chicago if an injury occurs.
- Fowler (oblique) and Javier Baez (thumb) are both battling injuries coming out of the weekend. Although they are something to keep an eye on, they are not expected to be serious.
- Jake Arrieta got pulled in the first inning Saturday night due to a blister on his finger. Cubs Twitter freaked out and people thought he would have to amputate his finger, then miss the entire year, then realizing it was not that bad people just thought he would miss his Opening Day start. By Sunday morning, both Joe Maddon and Chris Bosio informed us that Arietta was basically healed up already. He is fine.
- The final thing I have for you is Jason Heyward getting attacked by bees on Sunday.