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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 14, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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chunky catcher. But for a smashed
finger on Art Wilson's throwing
hand, Elliott would not have started
the Season behind the bat. As it is,
he is certain of a job of regular
work, at least for the time being.
His throwing to bases has been
much better than was expected, and
he has handled the pitchers with the
finesse of a veteran. Not one man
on the opposing team has been badly
pitched to because of misjudgment
by Elliott He has instinctively ana
lyzed the weaknesses of the enemy,
though some instruction has been
'given him by Mitchell and Jim
Archer.
When it comes timeto reduce the
catching corps Elliott need have no
worry.
With three games in, it has been
demonstrated that the Cubs are to
have a strong defense in the outfield
and infield. Deal covers much ground
around third and his remarkable
hands give him an excellent grip on
grounders. Wortman is far better
than he i was in 1916 and Vic Saier
doesn't look like the same man he
was last year. Vic is stretching him
self all over the park for bad throws
and has pulled in several so far that
would have gone through the major
ity of first sackers. At second base
Zeider is an able relief man for Doyle.
Larry can't play during the cold
weather, but Zeider fills the bill. He
is stopping everything and seems to
have found a batting eye.
The outfielders are fleet and sure.
They shift for the batters on every
pitch. On hits to the outer territory
there has been excellent backing up
and ' teamplay, especially between
Wolter and Williams, and every
safety has two men streaking after it
Four Cub recruits were sent to the
minors yesterday. They are: Scott
Perry, Merwin Jacobson, Prank Mur
phy and Marty Shay.
Tomorrow the St Louis Cardinals
come for a four-game series on the
North Side, after which the locals
b.ead away for a short trip. Mitchell
is fortunate at this time to get the
two weak teams of the league for
opponents. Victories should be plen
tiful and a good start is bound to put
confidence in his people.
Pittsburgh has not looked like a
ball team in one game here. Calla
han has a weak hitting combination
and it is not strong defensively. Un
less there is a remarkable advance,
with the addition of some new blood,
Callahan will be looking up to all the
clubs in the circuit.
One of the main causes contribu
tory to the Sox defeat at the hands
of the Browns yesterday was a field
ing mix-up in short right field be
tween Ed and John Collins. A ball
that should have been an easy out
fell for a double and the Browns got
their fourth and winning run.
This is one result of the practice of
shifting outfielders for right and left
handed pitchers. It prevents team
play, which is necessary to pennant
coppingball clubs. It works for mix
ups on debatable hits, that can be
taken by either an infielder or out
fielder, t
Liebold came out yesterday be
cause the Sox were again a south
paw. He was lifted in the fifth in
ning. Previous to that he had hit a
single. John Collins failed as-a pinch
er, and so did Jenkins.
It is easy to find fault, of course,
having the second guess. Rowland
made several switches in the opening
game and they brought results.
Therefore, he was a strategist. Yes
terday the shifts failed to produce,
and that is something else again.
We never received any money for
running a ball club, and Mr. Comis
key hasn't urged us to step out'and
whisper sterling advice into the ear
of Boss Rowland. But we have just
a plain, ordinary hunch that Clarence
will get better results if he lets some
fellow go to right field and play there
most of the time.
Weakness in the box during the
early part of the game was again ap
parent, though Faber might hayq

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