Spring Training has been disastrous for the Chicago Cubs this year, to say the least.
Between losing several key players due to injuries and losing the majority of their games, things haven’t been looking too good for the Cubs as they prepare for Opening Day in three short weeks. However, the team seemed to turn around their streak of bad luck on Monday, giving themselves and fans a bit of promise for the season to come.
The Cubs beat the San Diego Padres on Monday, 9-3 while some crucial names from the team added some runs. Alfonso Soriano reminded us why he was given such an extensive (and expensive) contract, by hitting a two-run double, putting some runs on the board for his team.
While the veteran Soriano did his part during the game, it was the newer faces to the team that really supported the runs. Jorge Soler, Steve Clevenger, J.C. Boscan and Christian Villanueva all added RBI to give the Cubs an even greater advantage over the Padres. Soler continued his impressive Spring Training performance by hitting a solo home run, while Villanueva proved why he was given a spot on the 25-man roster with a two-run home run.
Still have some doubts about Villanueva’s ability to deliver? How about this: according to Cubs.com, the infielder has had three hits this spring, all three of them being home runs. This guy may be just what the Cubs are looking for not only on the infield, but at the plate as well.
While the Cubs bats are becoming alive once again, let’s not ignore the progress their pitching staff is slowly starting to make.
Starting pitcher Scott Feldman gave up three runs, but he gave up only four hits and did not walk a single batter in three innings of work. Travis Wood relieved Feldman and gave up one hit, three walks, and six strikeouts over four innings.
Yes, this was only a Spring Training game, but that’s still not bad. After all, a win is a win for the second worst team in baseball, and any improvements should be noted, no matter how big or small.
Maybe the Cubs are finally on their way to recovery from last year’s horrendous season. Maybe these fresh faces are what they need to become a competitive team once again.