Chicago Cubs: Week two spring training report
Pitching is Coming Around
As for the pitching, it is still very early to truly try to assign any particular import to the numbers. Of note though, relievers Justin Wilson and Carl Edwards, Jr. have combined to pitch seven scoreless innings. Both are throwing with great velocity and have commanded the strike zone well (no walks, seven strikeouts between them).
Yu Darvish saw his first action of the season this past week and, while he didn’t overwhelm, it was a good first look for a pitcher from whom much is expected. The balance of the starting rotation is rounding into shape and haven’t provided any performances that would raise the level of concern.
If you are looking for a surprise story this spring from the Cubs pitching staff, there really isn’t one. The only real drama is whether or not Justin Grimm will hold on to his spot among the expected eight man bullpen. Grimm has been hit hard (6.00 ERA, .250 BAA) so far this spring in limited opportunities. Still, smart money says the veteran will be given a shot to show what he has in the early season before being demoted.