As we approach the halfway point of the Spring Training schedule, it is a good time to check in and see where exactly things stand with the 2018 version of our beloved.  As of the writing of this article, the Cubs are 11-3-3 in Cactus League play so far this year.  While Spring Training records are in no shape an indicator of how well a team will perform during the regular season, it is always nice to win the games that are being played.

That being said, the most important thing for the Cubs during this particular Spring Training is to keep everybody healthy and make sure the players are prepared for the grind of a 162-game season.  The team seems to be fairing pretty well on the health side of the equation with only Javy Baez sparking any concern at this point.  Baez injured his hamstring during a March 8th game has not seen any time since.  While Javy has deemed himself 100%, Spring Training is not the time to push too hard and create a situation where he has a nagging injury that keeps him out of action for portions of the regular season.

Another issue the Cubs have used the past several weeks for is getting a look at their remade bullpen.  With the major offseason makeover, there were questions about what certain peoples’ roles might be down in the pen.  Spring Training is a good time to figure those things out, and while it appears as if Joe Maddon has decided to go with Brandon Morrow as the team’s closer, the next couple of weeks could be an important time to establish defined roles for the rest of the guys.

Finally, this spring has brought a couple of surprises for Cubs fans.  Those surprises come in the form of infielders Mike Freeman and David Bote.  While neither one appears likely to break camp with the Big Club, they have both shown themselves capable at the plate this spring and that can only help their chances of playing in the Big Leagues sometime soon.

 

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