Trouble Cubs fans — Matt Garza’s spring struggles continued as the big righty surrendered 5 ER in the 1st inning alone. Garza ended up working just 2 2/3 innings in his 2nd loss of the spring. Garza had major control issues as he walked 4 batters and gave up 6 hits. Not a good sign for a team that invested a lot of quality prospects in the bid to acquire Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays this off-season. The Cubs hope that Garza figures out his issues during the next 4 weeks before the start of the 2011 MLB Campaign.
The rest of the Cubs staff had some issues as well. Justin Berg allowed 2 more ER in 1 inning of work and his ERA now stands at 60.75. After a decent showing in some relief work in 2010, it looks like Berg will be headed down to the minor leagues to start the season. Esmailin Caridad had his 1st rough outing of the spring. He gave up 3 ER on 3 hits in the 9th inning of the loss.
Two pitchers looked good — Carlos Marmol threw a perfect inning with 2 K’s and has yet to give up a run this spring. Jeff Stevens worked a scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 3.00.
Couple of big positives:
The Cubs did not commit a single error – shocking.
Marlon Byrd continued to swing a hot bat and seems locked into the 3rd position in the Cubs lineup. Byrd had 2 more hits including his 1st home run of the spring and is now hitting .650. He should see a lot of good pitches during the regular season in front of slugger Aramis Ramirez.
The Cubs continue to have a losing record this spring. Will it get any better once the real games start in April???