Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (11-7) vs. Reds (ss) (7-8)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Carlos Silva (2-1, 6.00/2.55) vs. Justin Lehr (0-0, 4.26/1.74)
The final two weeks of Spring Training begins today for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs made two more roster cuts on Saturday that reduced their Spring Training roster to 40 players … two weeks from today the Cubs must turn in their Opening Day roster.
Justin Berg will go east with the Cubs when the season begins. Lou Piniella said on Saturday that Justin Berg has made the Cubs roster.
James Russell, John Gaub, Mike Parisi and Marcos Mateo are the four pitchers competing for the final spot in the Cubs’ pen.
During his pre-game show on Saturday, Lou Piniella said he would announce his starting rotation late in the week … sometime after Wednesday.
Look for Lou Piniella to run out his B-Team this afternoon. Piniella said several of his regulars would stay behind in Mesa and work with Rudy Jaramillo … instead of traveling to Goodyear to play the Reds.
Kevin Millar is expected to start in left field this afternoon. Carlos Silva will make his fourth start of the spring today against the Reds. After a horrible start to his Cubs’ career against the White Sox, Silva has pitched better of late. But as Silva himself pointed out, it is only Spring Training. He realizes he’s made improvement but he must carry it over to the regular season … when the games actually count.
Silva and Tom Gorzelanny are the favorites to break camp in the Cubs’ rotation.
In his first three starts, Silva has allowed a total of six runs, all earned, on 13 hits in nine innings with a walk, a hit batsman and five strikeouts.
Justin Lehr, who dominated the Cubs last August in Cincinnati, is battling for the fifth spot in the Reds rotation. Today will be his first start of the spring, but fifth appearance.
Lehr has allowed a total of three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with three walks and a strikeout.
Francisco Cordero and Arthur Rhodes will throw against the Cubs this afternoon.
The other half of the Reds will face the A’s in Phoenix.
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