The Cubs (and the rest of the Cactus League) are headed for one of the best stretches of weather I can remember this early in March. The highs are expected in the low 80s for at least the next week with no hint of rain. For a comparison, check out this story from March 7, 2010, just over a year ago, when a heavy rainstorm and temperatures in the 50s cancelled two Cubs split-squad games -- both of which were sold out. (Incidentally, in regard to the White Sox policy detailed in that post, they finally did agree to refund tickets to that game.) No Cubs games this spring have been anywhere near a sellout.
A few other notes for today:
- Bruce Miles runs down some of the current roster battles and other things shaping up.
- I usually don't agree with Steve Rosenbloom -- or even want to post links to him -- but I think he's right about the Cubs' "Wildcat Way" plan. What worked in a "bowl atmosphere" on one college football Saturday in November, to me, doesn't translate to nine (NINE!) weekend days in the summer. (The rest of the "RosenBlog", though, I could do without.)
- Marlon Byrd's latest blog post is about his new teammate Carlos Pena.
- Good bit of trivia from Carrie Muskat's blog:
Greg Maddux faced 20,421 batters in his career. Just 310 of them saw a 3-0 count. That's roughly one every three starts. Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for the research.
Matt Garza will start today against the Royals' Bruce Chen -- who faced the Cubs last Friday at Surprise. That's a... surprise. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I saw a pitcher have back-to-back spring training starts against the same team. Obviously, it's a quirk of the schedule, but still an unusual occurrence.
Since I'm still on the road, when the lineups come in, please post them in the comments.
Here's all the media information for today.
MLB.com Gameday for today's game
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. Today's game is on MLB.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.