Amidst the snow covered dunes of the Great White North and beyond let’s look a little south, let’s say Arizona. If we go a little deeper down to a place called Peoria Arizona we will see something extraordinary. The Cubs lost to the Seattle Mariners last night 8-7, but boy the Cubs were the winners.
Starting pitcher James McDonald did not play well. Sure, I could flower it up by saying he was roughed up and gave it his all, but folks there’s no other way to put it; James McDonald just plain old sucked. Rick Renteria must have thought so, but was smiling as he went to the plate and yanked the struggling pitcher from the game. No hard feelings Jimmy, go out and get’em next time.
Mike Olt and Javier Baez are quickly staking their place in the lineup by having yet another big game for the Cubs. Baez crushed another ball for his third home run of the preseason and Mike Olt hit not one, but two rocket balls into orbit.
“It’s not out of the ordinary from what I’ve seen,” Olt said of Baez. “I’ve really never seen anything like him. He’s definitely a special player. I’m used to it now. He’s in my bp group everyday, so … He’s definitely fun to watch, and so are the other guys.”
So as the Spring soldiers on, the Cubs packed the bags and said, “See ya later.” to Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, at least until September.
The Cubs get a much deserved rest today before facing the supercharged Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.