Cubs vs Angels

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The Cubs kick off their Arizona league schedule with a match up against potential AL favourite and Josh Hamilton’s new residence, LA Angels.
It’s going to be a tough outing, but also a chance to see future stars like Jorge Solar, Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson.
I’m disappointed that it’s not available on MLB.TV but there is the Blue Jays game on.

The Cubs will play 39 games this spring including one against a WBC team on March 15th. This also is the final year at HoHoKam field. The Cubs will start playing at Mesa next year.

The Angels and the Cubs are playing three times during Cactus League play. Travis Wood gets the call to the mound for todays game.

So, some of the things to watch for is
• Starlin Castro reducing his errors
• Where will Velbuena end up at?
• Can Darwin Barney continue with his Gold Glove season last year?
• Anthony Rizzo can turn into the Bat for the Cubs
• Do the Chicago Cubs call up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson, keeping them in the lineup?
• What about Jorge Solar?
Game Note: Ian Stewart will undergo an MRI after an injury due to a mild strain. Results are expected Saturday.
Every Cubs fan knows this is a rebuilding year, but we do expect to see their stars of the future shine this year. It all begins today.

Ian Stewart is out for 10-14 days with a mild quad strain. At least he’ll be ready for opening day.
Play Ball!
–Mark

What A Game!

So when I tuned into the ballgame yesterday, it was 12-9 and somehow they turned it around and won 14-13?  That’s beautiful.  Don’t worry, I’m not popping champagne just yet, but a come from behind win is a really good sign.

The hitting was spread out evenly which is good to see.Vitters had a good game with two runs.

Ok, Here’s something that’s irking me;  They have to drop Maddux’s title of,”Special Assistant to Jim Hendry”  What is a special assistant? The Cubs have just got to give him a title all ready.  He’s a pitching coach.  Admit it.

—Mark Gauthier

 

Calling Josh Vitters

 

First there was Colvin, then there was Castro and now Josh Vitters.  The Cubs 3rd overall pick in 2007 might get his chance this year.  It won’t be at third, but more than likely at first.

I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t let the kid play this year.  The Cubs need experience at first base, there’s no arguing that, but if they can somehow aquire that cheap veteran who can do the job and let Vitters gain some experience because Ramirez won’t be here forever. 

The Cubs need the help and I truly believe this year is going to be one hell of a year.  Castro and Colvin’s sophomore season this year, this team is going to be like the Rays when it’s the young kids battling their way to the Series.  

I think the rookies will excell under Quade.  This is Josh Vitters chance.  Go Cubs Go!!

—Mark Gauthier