Chicago Cubs News: Happ proving his worth; Darvish’s debut

MESA, AZ - MARCH 06: Yu Darvish
MESA, AZ - MARCH 06: Yu Darvish /

It’s getting more and more difficult to deny Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ and his performance from the leadoff spot. And Yu Darvish made his debut on Tuesday pitching two innings.

If you’re the Chicago CubsIan Happ, what else can you do? They put you in the leadoff spot; you get hits–mostly home runs. And the first thing they do is question your strikeout percentage. Look, I’m all in on Happ. Albert Amlora Jr. might come around as it’s only spring training. But Happ has proven himself from the top spot. And is it possible that he’s grown as a hitter? Crazy theory, I know. But it might just be the case.

After a touch of the flu on the day of his first start, Yu Darvish chose to throw a bullpen session instead. It’s your debut for a new team. It has to go good, right? While he did allow a run, he did that on a wild pitch. Only two balls were hit into play, and he struck out four batters. Again, it’s only spring, and it’s only two innings. But Darvish’s debut–against his old team, mind you–was impressive, nonetheless.

The Cubs’ Peter Bourjous is a Chicago born native. When he signed with them, the hope was that he could make another Opening Day roster. But this time, the deck was stacked against him as he doesn’t have a spot. But he’s enjoying the time with the Cubs and making the most of it. Will Bourjous stick around after the spring? It’s possible. But when you’re a Chicago kid, and you get to put on the Cubs’ pinstripes, even if just for the spring, that’s a dream come true.

A look at these and other stories you might have missed:

‘Happ is checking all the boxes’ – Cubbies Crib

‘An evaluation of Darvish’s first outing’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs’ Bourjos making the best of it’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Which suitor needs Arrieta the most?’ –

‘Lincecum will wear No. 44 for late brother’ – ESPN

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