This was a great chat with @LenKasper and the Edward Jones Chatting Cage. Check out the 11:49 mark of the video for a question by yours truly.
Two of the best broadcasters in the game, Len Kasper and @JimDeshaies Love em! Hey Jim, my favourite player was Guy Lafleur too!
The Cubs have hit 24 home runs this spring. That’s a lot but then again, there are certain factors to that total. Of course there’s a steady stream of pitchers trying to crack the rotation so it’s not always a case of, “Lights out” stealth.
Yesterday, the Cubs cruised past the team that shares a city the White Sox 10-7.
Players trying to crack the team like Junior Lake, who’ll more than likely start the season in Triple A, hit a two run double. Then there’s Arismendy Alcantara crushed a two run homer in the seventh to break a tie.
Do you think he’ll make the team? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
So, I’m liking the idea of keeping both Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood. I like this idea a lot.
“There’s different ways to utilize both of them,” manager Joe Maddon said Friday. “It’s hard to say they’re both starters, but we’ve talked about different ways to make it fit.”
Why not keep both of them and rotate that five spot.
A)They’re both pitchers going out this season with something to prove.
B)Edwin Jackson has shown flashes of being amazing this spring. Plus he’s a pitcher who can hit.
C)Joe Maddon is known to be a creative guy, so why the heck not?
Another problem is Javier Baez. He’s struggling to find his groove. Should he start in triple A? Perhaps. The numbers don’t lie. Baez is 3 for 30 and you don’t have to be a baseball aficionado to realize that adds up to well, as my son would say,”That’s a potty word, Daddy”
Javier Baez knows it and he’s a pro. If this were the regular season, he’d be in a whole lot of potty words. Fortunately, this is spring training and now’s the time to spend on the potty.
“I talk to him all the time,” Starlin Castro said. “It’s tough. I try to tell him to try to get his confidence. No matter what, if you strike out every day, look for your confidence. When you’re confident, something good is going to happen because you trust yourself. I think he’s a little lost at the plate right now, but that’s what I tell him, try to get your confidence back and you’ll be all right. And don’t think too much. It’s Spring Training, we’re here to learn.”