5 key takeaways from the Thursday's Cubs loss to the Rockies

Lester struggled a bit in his latest Spring outing. [Image via Arturo Pardavila III/Flikr]
Lester struggled a bit in his latest Spring outing. [Image via Arturo Pardavila III/Flikr]

It's only spring training but there are still things to keep and eye on, and perhaps worry about, for the Chicago Cubs.

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1

Jon Lester has not worked out all the kinks

Yes, it's only Spring Training. Still, allowing four hits and two home runs in just 3.2 innings of work is far from encouraging to see from the Cubs opening day starter. Lester has an ERA of 6.75 this spring.

2

Nico Hoerner is a real hitter

The young stud, who could be the next farmhand to watch for Cubs fans, made his big league camp game debut on Thursday. He responded to the chance by going 3-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI. It's highly unlikely he's opening the season anywhere but the minors but it's nice to see him make the most of his start.

3

David Dahl is also a real hitter

The Cubs lost 7-5 on Thursday and the Rockies' outfielder had a say in that. Coming off a season where he hit .273 and 16 homers in just 77 games, Dahl is having a good spring and wrecked the Cubs yesterday. He went 3-for-3 with his first homer and two RBI.

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