2/27 Bunt tourney update
The first round is expected to wrap up Monday at Fitch Park in the Cubs’ first bunt tournament. On Sunday, position players Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Ian Stewart and Joe Mather advanced, while pitchers Travis Wood, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells and Andy Sonnanstine also won their matches. There are 64 entries, and the bracket is similar to the NCAA basketball tournament set-up. Players get points for each bunt in three rounds of eight bunts each.
Dale Sveum pitched to the competitors on Sunday. Who will throw to him on Monday when he faces Kerry Wood?
“Probably [Chris] Bosio,” he said of the Cubs pitching coach. “He throws a nice soft ball. I’m going to get the best BP pitcher. I wish I could throw to myself.”
Among Monday’s matchups are:
Blake DeWitt vs. Geovany Soto
Jeff Baker vs. Alfredo Amezaga
Marlon Byrd vs. Reed Johnson
David DeJesus vs. Alfonso Soriano
Matt Garza vs. Carlos Marmol
Paul Maholm vs. Rodrigo Lopez
Ryan Dempster vs. Trever Miller
Kerry Wood vs. Dale Sveum
— Carrie Muskat