Cubs News and Notes: Arrieta looking good, Ryno is back, Hendricks gets nod, Baez's future
|Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:19 PM- -|
Hello, Cubs fans out there! I hope everyone is having a great day.
Check out the latest news, photos, and tidbits from spring training with the Cubbies with our latest edition of Cubs News and Notes.
We will try to have this feature several times a week so everyone gets a summary of what is happening regularly at Cubs camp.
Let's get right to all the Cubs notes!
In case you missed the game yesterday, the Cubs lost to the White Sox despite Jake Arrieta allowing only one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"I feel like he's gotten better every time he's taken the bump," Ross said to the media. "I think each start we've seen it trending the way we expected. The areas that we've pointed out that are keys for him have continued to kind of fall into place as he's worked on them."
Here is a few photos of the action:
Final: White Sox 3, Cubs 1. pic.twitter.com/IJoRBUFCe5— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 23, 2021
The Cubs starters have been impressive so far this spring:
Lines for a few Cubs pitchers so far this spring:— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) March 23, 2021
Trevor Williams: 13.2 IP, 2 ER, 11 K, 1 BB (1.32 ERA)
Zach Davies: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 5 BB (0.00 ERA)
Jake Arrieta: 15.0 IP, 4 ER, 10 K, 4 BB (2.40 ERA)
Cubs outfielder Ian Happ made a great defensive play against the Southsiders:
Ryne Sandberg is back with the Cubs as a mult-analyst for the Marquee Sports Network. He will contribute to game broadcasts, pre and postgame shows, podcasts, and more:
Ryne Sandberg hired by Marquee Sports Network https://t.co/5wni9SwTIU— CubsHQ.com (@ChicagoCubsHQ) March 23, 2021
Opening Day is almost here and Kyle 'Professor' Hendricks will be the starter on April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"At the end of the day, if you make good pitches, you're going to get good hitters out. That's my philosophy," Hendricks said to the media Tuesday.
Old school photo of Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Pelicans:
April 1. pic.twitter.com/gQhHBsrcx0— Myrtle Beach Pelicans (@Pelicanbaseball) March 23, 2021
Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin has been giving out the hugs this spring:
Tony Andracki has some Cubs notes in the following video:
MLB is trying to crack down on some of the foreign substances that pitchers are using:
MLB's attempts to crack down on foreign substances are outlined in a memo obtained by ESPN. Among the plans:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 24, 2021
- Increased monitoring by compliance officers
- Inspections of baseballs taken out of play that will use a third-party lab to check for substances
- Spin-rate analysis
Kyle Schwarber is still hitting SCHWAR-BOMBs during Jon Lester starts:
Kyle Schwarber homered in 23 of Jon Lester's starts while they were on the Cubs together, including the postseason— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) March 23, 2021
He's now homered in each of Jon Lester's Spring Training starts as Nationals teammates
Today: 424 ft ?? pic.twitter.com/oNhzK0llYy
Javy Baez is worried that Cubs fans will turn on him if he has to test free agency.
“I just don’t want Chicago fans to see me differently, I think a lot of players get out of their cities and play with another team and when they come back to that city, they’re hated. And I don’t want to do that.”
Cubs prospect Miguel Amaya recently hit his first homer of spring:
Nice photo of Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ:
A great retro pic and quote from Mr. Cub Ernie Banks:
Check out this rare Cubs photo that I have never seen:
Milt Stock, Roy Johnson, John Ostrowski, and Frank Secory take a nice run around the lake to stretch out during Spring Training. Wait, that is not a lake it is the flooded field. In 1945 the Chicago Cubs trained in French Lick, Ind. because of wartime travel restrictions. pic.twitter.com/TwdNoaf49x— SABR Pictorial (@SABRPictorial) March 23, 2021
Construction of Wrigley Field back in 1914:
Construction of Wrigley Field which opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, home park of Chicago Whales of Federal League. The @Cubs played at the time in West Side Grounds & relocated to Weeghman in 1916 when Fed Lg disbanded. Read @sabr history of park https://t.co/p9aHTVHNfo pic.twitter.com/DFLn0Mpevm— SABR BioProject (@SABRbioproject) March 23, 2021