Ian Happ is making it increasingly difficult for the Chicago Cubs to leave him off the big league roster while Kyle Schwarber continues to prepare for his new role.
Backing veteran John Lackey, Chicago Cubs rookie Ian Happ led the way in the team’s 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres Monday afternoon. Over his past four games, he’s 9-for-11, including a mammoth homer in the victory.
Lackey looked sharp in his outing, allowing one run in three innings of work. Four Chicago relievers held San Diego scoreless in an overall strong game for Joe Maddon‘s club.
The Cubs had only five at-bats with runners in scoring position, but delivered hits in three of them. Happ finished the day 3-for-3 with the aforementioned homer; thus raising his OBP to over 1.300 on the spring.
Meanwhile, the team’s projected leadoff man, Kyle Schwarber, enjoyed the day off. Still, he said he’s feeling more comfortable in his new role and is looking forward to the season. He admitted he’s not quite 100 percent yet, but feels like he should hit that mark before Cactus League play ends at the end of the month.
Here’s more from Mesa.
Happ leads Cubs to win on Monday – Cubbies Crib
Schwarber ready to excel, cause trouble in new role – Cubbies Crib
Strode connecting with his relief corps – MLB.com
No one stepping up in Cubs’ bullpen yet – Cubbies Crib
Cubs make another round of cuts in Mesa – CSN Chicago