Dugout Digest – welcome to Cubs Day

Week five of our six week preview series begins today with the NL Central and the hapless Chicago Cubs. 2013 was a long season for the Cubs, and 2014 will likely be just as ugly…but how far off on the horizon is hope?

Last Friday was Tigers Day on TOC, and here's your recap.
Season preview
Two biggest weaknesses
Three key questions
Four horsemen

Also last week, the Marlins and Red Sox got into a tiff about Boston's Spring Training lineup in Jupiter, and Red Sox owner John Henry took aim at Miami. And hey, the Cardinals gave Matt Carpenter a six-year contract extension.

Here's your schedule of televised games today and their pitching matchups.
-Braves vs Phillies (1:05 PM, Beachy vs Lee)
-Tigers vs Cardinals (1:05 PM, Scherzer vs Miller)
-Rays vs Red Sox (1:05 PM, Odorizzi vs Lester)
-Marlins vs Mets (1:10 PM, Hand vs Colon)
-White Sox vs Brewers (4:05 PM, Sale vs Gallardo)
-Angels vs Indians (4:05 PM, Weaver vs Salazar)
-Athletics vs Dodgers (4:05 PM, Parker vs Ryu)

Welcome to Cubs Day, and enjoy Spring Training, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.