11/17 Saturday’s winter league games

* Daniel Bard continued to struggle in Winter League play. He walked five and gave up three runs on Saturday in his third appearance for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico. The right-hander started the seventh, and walked the first two batters he faced, then threw a wild pitch, then walked another to load the bases. One run scored on a wild pitch, and then another run scored on another wild pitch. Bard walked two more batters before he was lifted.

In three relief appearances in Puerto Rico so far, Bard has given up seven earned runs on nine walks and four wild pitches, has hit three batters, and has yet to give up a hit. He’s retired one of the 13 batters faced over three outings.

* Luis Valbuena made his third straight start at second base on Saturday for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, and for the first time, was hitless.

* Junior Lake was 1-for-4, scored a run and stole two bases in Estrellas’ 6-4 loss to Toros in the Dominican Republic.


Looking at the Cubs Roster on MLB, I see 37 position taken, only one at catcher. (if updated?)
With the winter season Bard is having, I cant see him taking up roster space come DEC 2nd.
I think Epstein/Hoyer did the right thing giving the Bard a chance to comeback, but it looks like it might be time to pull the plug on that experiment

It’s early, roster-wise.

There is already talk of non tendering Barney, I am sure that is for salary reasons. Bard was a good gamble, the poor guy has lost the strike zone. I remember a very successful pitcher named Steve Blass that just lost the strike zone and never found it. He sure was good before that, it happens.

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Pingback, my thoughts exactly. Thank you.

Hoping that our Chicago and all Midwest friends stay safe today!

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Jasper you are right about Steve Blass. I remember the early 70s Pirate teams,Jack Brickhouse,the Cubs and Pirates,racing home from grade school,the memories,some good,same bad but just really cool. Thanks for the blast from the past. Kudos to you sir!

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