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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Rotation Battle heating up

The Cubs played 2 games today and pitchers Rich Hill, Angel Guzman and Sean Marshall all pitched and from the lines of the game all did quite well out there.

Rich Hill came in to pitch the last 4 innings verse the Royals today. He ended up giving up 5 hits, 1 run, no walks and 4 strikeouts. Walks have been Hill's problem and seeing him not give up any in 4 strong innings is always a good sign.

Sean Marshall started the game against the A's and also went 4 innings. In those 4 innings Marshall gave up no runs, no hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Marshall is making a strong run at the rotation, though I still believe a few starts in AAA is best for him (another start like this though I will have to change my mind).

Angel Guzman came in relief for Marshall and pitched 4 innings (seems to be the theme for the guys today). He also gave up no runs, no hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. In Angel's last 2 games he has been very solid and may have the advantage over Hill for the final rotation spot due to Hill being a lefty and the Cubs seem to have their quota of lefties in the rotation with Rusch.

If I were the Cubs I would go with this as my rotation to start season: Zambrano, Maddux, Rusch, Guzman, Hill. Yes, I know that Jerome Williams is not listed in there, but the inconsistent pitching of his needs to get more consistent if the Cubs want to put him in the starting rotation.

OF Note:
Angel Pagan has done nothing of lately to prove that he shouldn't make the team and hit his 4th homer of the spring today in the Cubs-Royals game. I think it would be a huge mistake if the Cubs coaches don't persuade Dusty Baker to keep Pagan on the 25 man roster.


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