Addison Russell is back as the Chicago Cubs lose to the Astros 8-6
Addison Russell hasn’t played in a while but he is back in a big way yesterday for the Chicago Cubs. It looks like his stiff back wasn’t really getting in his way at the plate. Russell stepped in and connected with a two-run homer in the third. He has six home runs in the spring. If you are a Chicago Cubs fan there is nothing you like seeing more is a power-hitting shortstop. Plus really nothing gets past this guy at shortstop
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) March 31, 2017
Bats highlighted by Russell and Baez
The middle of the Cubs infield is just as good in the batter’s box as they are in the field. If Baez keeps his bat under control with fewer strikeouts the sky will be the limit for these two. Baez, Russell, and Zobrist tagged the Houston starter McCullers Jr with three runs on four hits. The big hits coming off a triple by Ben Zobrist and the mentioned home run by Addison Russell. Other production came from the bat of Anthony Rizzo where he creamed a solo shot into right field off James Hoyt. The Chicago Cubs this spring have hit 56 total home runs this spring. It’s not a really important stat but hopefully, will translate into the regular season with most of these home runs coming off the Starting Cubs’ bats.
Chicago Cubs pitching let this one slip away
Brett Anderson took the mound to start the second to last game for the Chicago Cubs of spring training. He wasn’t too happy with his outing saying that he had “D-Minus” stuff in the game. He allowed two home runs, one came by Josh Reddick and the other by Jose Altuve. This isn’t a good look with Brett’s strength usually in keeping the ball in the park. The best thing that has happened to Brett Anderson this spring training is that he made it through healthy. With his history of tightening up, it’s good to see him produce innings. The wheels fell off for the Cubs in this game during a bad stretch by Hector Rondon. In the bottom of the six, he threw his worst stuff all spring. They let him in there for 3 2/3 inning where he gave up eight hits, a walk, and six earned runs. The newly resigned Rondon just hasn’t looked good all spring. He is sporting a 14.73 ERA. The only hope is that he is still working on his pitches.