The Chicago Cubs started the preseason surprisingly well in their first week, going 4-3 in their first seven games and showing surprisingly good offensive numbers. Since then, the excitement has dwindled down and the team has dropped all but one game since. Their sole victory so far in March came on the 3rd, when a split squad defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 4-2. The remainder of the month, the Chicago Cubs have gone down in defeat.
Despite their record, there have been a few bright spots on the Chicago Cubs roster. Outfielder and non-roster invitee to camp Brian Bogusevic may have earned himself a roster spot on the MLB squad, as he has been very impressive in Cactus League play, going 9 for 20 in 10 games with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and an overall OPS of 1.422 so far. 24 year-old outfield prospect Johermyn Chavez, who has never played higher than AA ball, is hitting .375 with an 1.040 OPS in 10 games. However, Welington Castillo, who started the preseason with very big numbers, has come back down to earth a bit, with a .267 AVG and .820 OPS.
On the pitching side, there are six pitchers with three or more appearances who are yet to give up a run, including NPB superstar Kyuji Fujikawa, Venezuelan reliever Hector Rondon, and veteran Shawn Camp. Jeff Samardzija, recently named by manager Dale Sveum as the Opening Day starter, is the only starter with multiple starts and an ERA lower than 4.00.
After a rather exciting first few games, the Chicago Cubs have been a bit of a let down. There is some good to take away from this, as some prospects are looking solid and at the very least there are some good pitchers in the bullpen. Still, it is hard to get too excited until the regular season actually starts and we get to see if pitchers like Kyuji Fujikawa and others will be able to keep up the solid pitching that has kept a bunch of games close despite rough outings from starters.