Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. A’s – 04/01/09

Spring Training Game Thirty-Six: Cubs (17-16-1) vs. A’s (15-17-1)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Gameday Audio (MLB.com)
Location – Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix

Carlos Zambrano (3-1, 3.27/0.95) vs. Dallas Braden (1-0, 3.14/1.05)

Countdown to Opening Day…5 days. The Cubs last road game in Arizona and the final game with a 3:05pm C.T. start time. The exhibition season is almost over.

Carlos Zambrano’s final spring start figures to be a short tune-up just to get work in…Zambrano completed six strong innings his last time out against the White Sox. With the teams using the DH today, Zambrano will not be able to take his swings and will likely call it a day around the four-inning mark.

Today will be an exhibition battle of Opening Day starters…

Carlos Zambrano has put together a solid spring after a winter filled with doubt and questions over his health. Zambrano has allowed eight runs, all earned, on 16 hits in five starts (22 innings) with five walks and 18 strikeouts. Zambrano has also knocked the cover off the ball…and when Z hits, Z is happy and Z performs better on the mound.

The Cubs will face southpaw Dallas Braden today, who is inline to be Oakland’s Opening Day starter. The lefty has allowed five runs this spring, all earned, on 13 hits in four games, three starts (14 1/3 innings) with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball…

Quote of the Day

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