SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Cubs made some spring roster cuts earlier Saturday morning. If you haven’t seen those, details are here.
Not among those cuts was Dillon Maples . As Jordan Bastian writes, he has a shot at the Opening Day bullpen due to injuries, but:
It is not hard to identify what Maples must change to finally emerge as the kind of bullpen weapon Chicago needs.
”Just throw a few more strikes,” [Brandon] Morrow said. “I mean, his stuff’s better than everybody. I think his breaking ball probably rates as possibly the best pitch in all of baseball based on spin rate, movement and velocity.”
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Heyward RF, Davis C, Happ CF, Bote 2B, Hendricks P
We are starting to see lineups close to an Opening Day look. Willson Contreras was originally in today’s lineup, but:
Willson @WContreras40 (right ring finger) scratched from lineup, Taylor Davis starts in his place. Contreras expected to return Tuesday.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) March 16, 2019
Souza RF, Vargas 3B, Marte CF, Walker 1B, Kelly DH, Szczur LF, Murphy C, Tomlinson 2B, Querecuto SS
Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs. Cubs relievers today: Tyler Chatwood, Mike Montgomery and Allen Webster. We’ll see if Chatwood in relief is better than Chatwood the starter.
Matt Koch goes for the D-backs.
Today’s game is on 670 The Score. No TV today.
Please note that during spring training, Gameday doesn’t usually go pitch-by-pitch as it does during the regular season — usually, it will update after each at-bat.
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For spring-training games, we’ll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For today, that will be 3:05 p.m. CT and 4:35 p.m. CT.
These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked ”Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page. There will also be a StoryStream on the front page with all the game thread links, as well as the recap after the game is over. The pitcher boxes and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.