Here is the link to the 6 inning game today-
- Lee, Theriot and Prior are the only players to get hits off of Maddog
- Prior pitched extremely well. 4 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 run, 2BB and 3 SO. His command still isn't all there but his breaking ball was breaking at the right time. He had alot of movement on his fastball. His fastball topped out at 93 and he was consistently around 89 mph. Good news for Prior and the Cubs.
-Here is a quote from Prior-
As far as Prior is concerned, he's still in contention for the job.
"I felt good, my arm feels great," Prior said. "A lot of stuff we've been working on in the last week or so is starting to pay off. When I came out [to the mound], I had a little adrenaline running through me a little more than I wanted to. They weren't taking that many good swings off me and they weren't hitting the ball hard, so it was a good outing."
Could he be ready when the Cubs need a fifth starter on April 7?
"Yeah," Prior said. "There was never a doubt."
Don't count him out yet Cubs fans. Its a long shot but if he can prove himself he will have a spot in the rotation.
Here is another interesting note about the Prior and Miller battle for the 5th spot-
The Cubs have one spot open in the bullpen, and one spot on the bench. Piniella didn't want to say the fifth starter spot was "100 percent decided" in fairness to Mark Prior, who is battling Wade Miller for the job.
- The last spot in the rotation is down to Guzman and Wood. If Wood shows he can pitch his next outing Guzman will be sent to AAA.
Here is Lou's pen-
Dempster, Howry, Wuertz, Eyre, Ohman, and Cotts.
with one spot left for Wood or Guzman.