Some spring training notes
Sorry I haven’t been able to get an update on the blog lately regarding spring training. I have been pretty busy the past week, but I’m here now, and ready to talk Cubs Baseball!
It was interesting to hear Lou Piniella say it would be a three person battle for the closers role as pitchers and catches reported. Â Piniella mentioned Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol, and Ryan Dempster would battle it out. Â Make you think what is going on as Dempster is supposed to get a look as a starter as well. Â Then out of nowhere yesterday, Piniella said that Bob Howry would be the closer if the season started today. Â Lol, does anyone know what is going on with the closers role?!
I thought it was pretty funny that Carlos Zambrano was wearing Fukudome’s jersey as the Japanese reported to spring training. Â After playing with Fukudome for a little bit, Big Z then gave him his jersey as they all had a good laugh. Â Gotta love a little joking around to keep the players lose.
As far as the starting rotation, it looks like the Cubs will be going with something like this:
1. Â Carlos Zamrano
2. Â Ted Lilly
3. Â Open
4. Â Rich Hill
5. Â Open
Piniella really wants to split up the lefthanders Lilly and Hill. Â I would probably pencil in Jon Leiber or Jason Marquis into that #3 spot and then the other in the #5 spot. Â Leaving out Sean Marshall unless Piniella wants to have back to back lefties in the #4 and #5 spots.
How do you all feel with the pitchers? Â What is the best rotation Lou can set up? Â What is the best option for closer at this point? Â Leave us a comment and let us know your opinion!