Is it opening day yet?
Good evening everyone. It’s been a while since I have blogged anything partly due to it being Spring Training and partly because I’ve been out of town lately. Just got back from a great trip in Las Vegas for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament but now it is time to get into the baseball mood. Opening day is getting closer and closer as the Cubs are only 11 days away from kicking off the 2009 season down in Houston.
I just can’t get into Spring Training this year for some odd reason. I don’t know if it’s the heartbreak postseason of last year or what, but that is another reason for the lack of updates. But rest assured, we will be here throughout the entire season once opening day comes around and we get closer to throwing that first pitch!
As far as Spring Training goes, the Cubs currently have a 16-12 record in Cactus League play. Sean Marshall has nailed down the #5 spot in the rotation while the bullpen still has spots up for grabs. Chad Gaudin has pitched terrible while rule 5 draft pick David Patton has thrown the ball very well. Carlos Marmol, Kevin Gregg, Neil Cotts and Aaron Heilman have all notched spots in the bullpen Lou Piniella has said. Will it be Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija, or Patton that gets another spot?
The latest round of roster cuts seen Jake Fox, Sam Fuld, Jose Ascanio, Jason Waddell and Bobby Scales be sent down. Fox, Fuld and Ascanio were all sent to the Triple-A camp file Waddell and Scales were assigned to the Minor League camp. The Cubs currently have a 37 man roster as they head towards the last ten days of Spring Training.
So how do you see things shaping up for the Cubs as opening day nears? Will it be “The Shark” be in the pen or back at Triple-A in the rotation? Will it be Gaudin or Patton? Leave us a comment and let us know!