MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester is really a great deal unfazed by nearly anything when he’s on he pitcher’s mound. So was Monday as Big League Baseball’s pitch clock ticked absent when he labored versus the San Diego Padres at Sloan Park.
“Positive,” Lester claimed with a hint of sarcasm when requested about the clock. “Whichever will make people today feel superior. Form of like what I have often claimed. Baseball is baseball. You happen to be not likely to pace it up. You happen to be not likely to improve it. You can set the pitch clock there. The match is likely to stream the way the match flows.”
Factors flowed properly for Lester in his spring debut. He walked the initial batter of the match, Travis Jankowski, but retired the following a few Padres, even as Jankowski stole second and 3rd bases.
It was a swift 1-2-3 second, as Lester received Francisco Mejia on a fly out ahead of striking out Jose Pirela and Hudson Potts.
For his 2 innings, Lester threw 31 pitches, 18 strikes, ahead of he was relieved by Brandon Kintzler. The Cubs (3-1) went on to earn the match 6-4.
“I think we are on a really good pace right now for a agenda,” he claimed. “They did a really good occupation the initial week (of spring schooling) of finding us ready, speaking irrespective of whether we wanted an added BP (batting observe) or not or an added bullpen. I think everything’s been likely properly so significantly.”
Last calendar year, Lester was 18-6 with a 3.32 Period. Considering that starting to be a Cub ahead of the 2015 period, he is 61-31 with a 3.33 Period.
Bote doing Okay:
News seems good for infielder David Bote, who was strike on the batting helmet by a pitch Sunday by the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.
Bote is hunting to return to baseball activities Tuesday and to be ready to participate in in a match by Wednesday. There was no prognosis of a concussion, in accordance to the Cubs.
“You listen to it, and you observe the hitter’s reaction,” claimed manager Joe Maddon. “I went out there. He was good. He did not eliminate consciousness or nearly anything like that, but I did not like the way exactly where it appear to be to have strike him. He just seemed unstable in that second. I did not like it.
“He wanted to stay in. I claimed, ‘Listen, this is not September or Oct. Let’s just do this right now. Make confident that you’re good and we’ll go it on from there.’ Which is exactly how it arrived down.”
This and that:
Yu Darvish will make his spring debut Tuesday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Muscle mass and elbow challenges confined Darvish to 8 commences last calendar year. He’ll do the job versus former Cubs farmhand Zack Godley … Catcher Willson Contreras strike a 3-operate homer in the fourth inning Monday to give the Cubs a 3- guide. It was Contreras’ initial homer of the spring.