Chicago-In the opening day game, the Cubs’ competition mainly focused on the bench, bullpen and the back of the rotation. There was also a fight at second base, but most of the roster was locked before the first preseason.
This type of spring training is usually a sign of a team planning to rely on a group of experienced players.
Cubs manager David Rose said: “I think our superstar will become the superstar that will drive us.” “We will rely on these people to do what they know to do to continue winning. These people have been for a long time. Winner. So we will ride these people.”
The Cubs hope that the game will end with the end of the World Series. The starting point of this journey is the open day of Wrigley Stadium on Thursday.
This is a breakdown of the roster of open days planned by Chicago.
Catcher (2): Willson Contreras, Tony Wolters
Contreras played well in the Cactus League (1.196 OPS), including being tested as a potential second-biggest hitter. Rose said that he believes that the All-Star receiver has some key offensive elements, which may make him a good choice in the key lineup. Contreras is expected to play an important role in Chicago’s No. 1 ranking. Given his offensive potential and continued defensive growth, he has the potential to become the X factor. On the eve of the open day, the Cubs added Contre as a backup to Contreras. Given that veteran Austin Romine (right knee) was injured in the spring and the timetable for his return is uncertain, this move has injected some experienced depth into this jersey.
First base (1): Anthony Rizzo
The only question surrounding Rizzo this spring is whether the veteran first baseman will write his name on the extension. That didn’t happen. This is an important season for long-term core players. Rizzo is ready for the Cubs’ ninth consecutive opening day. Dating back to 1900, only Mark Grace (12 years old from 1989-2000), Ernie Banks (9 years old from 1962-70) and Charlie Grimm (1925- 36 years is 12 years old) At least many consecutive opening days start from first base. Franchise. When healthy, Rizzo has proven that he can stay safe for about 30 hours, 100 RBI season.
Second base (1): David Porter
The Cubs’ decision depends on the experienced Bote team and the upcoming Nico Hoerner team. After both players performed well in cricket this spring, Rose announced: “It’s David’s turn.” Therefore, after serving as a utility manager for a few seasons, Bote will have the opportunity to prove that he can become a Grand Slam. Daily players in the game. Instead of making Hoerner a sporadic bench, the club chose him to start the season as Triple-A. Bote’s shooting speed is the best among Chicago batsmen, showing a knack for mastering key moments and providing a solid defense. Behind him, the Cubs will provide senior backup options in the swinging Eric Sogard (Eric Sogard), Eric Sogard (Eric Sogard) added a high touch to the combination bat.
Third base (1): Chris Bryant
Kobe’s spring offense is slow (.582 OPS), but Rose pointed out that the third baseman is also using some of his batting sticks to test some swing adjustments. Kobe belongs to the category on the back of Ross Trust’s baseball card. In healthy conditions, the third baseman produced an elite number. Last year, when Kobe won an OPS of 0.644 in only 34 games, he was experiencing numerous injuries. Kobe’s unresolved question throughout the season is whether he is spending his final season with the Cubs. Like some of his teammates, Kobe can become a free agent next offseason.
Shortstop (1): Javier Baez
Bayes, Kobe and Rizzo may all become free agents next winter, which gives this season not only the opportunity to enjoy the game together, but also to fight for potential contracts. Rose emphasized that he hopes that the Cubs’ core hitter will become himself and play “a little bit selfish” this season. This of course applies to these three players. Interestingly, at the beginning of the season, Rose will put Bayes in the lineup. When it dropped last year, Báez entered the 6-7 range. One thing Buzz hopes to improve his offensive ability is to return to the game video and attract fans in the stands again.
Outfield (4): Ian Happ, Jason Heyward, Jake Marisnick, Joc Pederson
Pederson succeeded Kyle Schwarber, the longtime fan favorite, but the new Cubs outfielder did his best to win people this spring. Pedersen scored .378/.431/1.000 in the Cactus League, with 8 home runs and 19 RBIs. Rose will shoot for him in the daily bat game starting this season. After the breakthrough performance in 2020, Happ returned to the center position, and veteran Heyward returned to serve as the right fielder of the Gold Glove caliber. Marisnick provides the Cubs with a faltering fourth outfielder, he can provide some on the bench, and can provide late defensive options for the center. If Marisnick is centered, both Happ and Pederson can play two corner kicks at the same time. This season, Kobe is also likely to make cameo appearances in left-handed and difficult left-handed pitching. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Utility (2): Matt Duffy, Eric Sogard
The decision to let Bote take over the daily work of the second base had a ripple effect on the composition of the Chicago bench. Sogard provides a left-handed racket with high contact ability, and he can play in the field, including shortstops. The Cubs think he is better off the bench than Horner. Once the Cubs made a choice, they kicked the right bat off the bench with Duffy. Duffy can also play throughout the infield, providing depth, especially in the corners. Like Sogard, Duffy also offers a high-touch racket for pinching situations. Ildemaro Vargas, who was appointed to work in public utilities, was appointed as a staff member, but he was cleared of immunity and will remain with the A-level A-level cub.
Starting pitcher (5): Adbert Alzolay, Jake Arrieta, Zach Davies, Kyle Hendricks, Trevor Williams
Hendricks started the ball as the Cubs’ opening day for the second year in a row, followed by (in order) Arrieta, Davis, Williams and Al Sole. Hendricks and Davies are the most similar in terms of repertoire, so Chicago ordered a rotation to avoid back-to-back. Arieta and Williams have been fine-tuning some delivery adjustments throughout the spring, and the Cubs are satisfied with the early return. Alzolay confronted Alec Mills for his last job and persuaded the Cubs to make an impressive outing with the powerful Dodgers late in the camp, which gave him This job. Having said that, Alzole will need to manage his game carefully this year, so I hope Mills can make a difference. Rotation candidate Shelby Miller made a lasting impression this spring, but he will travel to alternate training locations to provide some important, experienced depth.
Pressure relief valve (9): Jason Adam, Rex Brothers, Andrew Chafin, Craig Kimbrel, Dillon Maples, Alex Alec Mills (Alec Mills), Ryan Tepera (Ryan Tepera), Dan Winkler (Dan Winkler), Brandon Workman (Brandon Workman)
After the difficult start of the spring, Kimbrel turned in four strong outings to end his performance in the Cactus League. In the brief timetable last season, Rose did not want to put a closer label on anyone, but the manager made it clear that Kimbrel was closer to starting the sport. The setup will be smoother, including a bunch of arms for high-leverage work. Expect Rose to mix and match in the first few weeks to find the right formula. Mills will provide the Cubs with a variety of limited swingers. He can be the 6th starter, but if any starter is promoted early, he can also provide a bridge for the later game.