Spring Training: Cubs vs Angels 3/21/11

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The started to play the Angels on Monday, but Mother Nature had other plans. The game was called in the middle of the 4th inning, wiping out the “official” stats for the game. Regardless, some quick notes to review for the big picture that is the regular season.

PITCHING

It was Andrew Cashner’s turn to take the ball, and a great opportunity to really seize the 5th rotation spot a day ahead of the start of roster discussions between the coaching staff and front office. Unfortunately for Cashner, he was not able to take advantage. He pitched three innings and gave up four runs off seven hits. To be fair, Cashner has been busy this Spring trying to incorporate secondary pitches into his arsenal. As a starter he would need more pitches to keep the opposing team off balance the third time through the batting order. As a reliever, there could be days where he could get through an inning by just firing away his 100 mph fastball. The concern is that Cashner has not been locating his fastball well either.

OFFENSE

Carlos Pena has come on offensively over the last several games, and he had a home run against the Angels. Even though the long ball tally was wiped out with the game being called due to rain, it is still good to know that Pena is continuing to heat up as Opening Day approaches. He may not hit anywhere close to .300 come the regular season, but I would take a .260 average with the left handed power he brings to the line up.