Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/08/11

Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (4-6) vs. Rockies (ss) (5-4)
Game Time – 2:10pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: webcast
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 0.00/1.00) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.00/1.67)

Carlos Zambrano will take the hill for the third time this spring. Zambrano has been very effective so far despite dealing with arm fatigue in his last outing. Zambrano has quietly gone about his business and has not allowed a run in five innings of work (two hits, three walks and two strikeouts).

Zambrano will face a split-squad Rockies team that many feel will challenge the San Francisco Giants for the NL West title this season. The other half of the Rockies roster will be in Glendale facing the White Sox this afternoon.

Today is the Cubs first trip to the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Rockies and Diamondbacks new Spring Training complex is located in Scottsdale.

Fernando Perez is expected to make his first start of the spring this afternoon … and hit leadoff for Mike Quade.

Jorge De La Rosa will make his second start of the spring this afternoon. De La Rosa struggled in his first three appearances in the Cactus League (four runs on six hits with a walk, two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in three innings).

After Jorge De La Rosa, Jim Tracy is expected to use Clayton Mortensen, Rafael Betancourt, Franklin Morales, Edgmer Escalona, Billy Butler and Juan Nicasio.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fernando Perez – CF
    Castro – SS
    Colvin – LF
    Soto – C
    Baker – 3B
    Fukudome – RF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Scott Moore – 1B
    Zambrano – P

  • Neil

    Braden Looper, Sean Marshall, Rafael Dolis and Robert Coello are expected to follow Zambrano this afternoon

  • gocubs

    This is obviously our B or C lineup, but I love Soto hitting 4th.

    • Cheryl

      It may be the B or C lineup,but it’slots more fun than the A team.

    • Tony

      Why do you love Soto hitting 4th. He is not a cleanup hitter. He will bat 7th most of the year.

      • gocubs

        I like hitting Soto hitting 4th because he’s one of the best hitters on the team. If anything he should be hitting even higher in the lineup…Definetely not 7th.

        Below are the Cubs CAIRO projections vs lefties and righties (wOBA)
        Player Vs L Vs R
        Carlos Pena 0.345 0.390
        Geovany Soto 0.378 0.351
        Kosuke Fukudome 0.317 0.349
        Aramis Ramirez 0.369 0.347
        Marlon Byrd 0.352 0.333
        Alfonso Soriano 0.352 0.332
        Blake DeWitt 0.311 0.331
        Tyler Colvin 0.298 0.323
        Jeff Baker 0.345 0.314
        Starlin Castro 0.333 0.311
        Max Ramirez 0.322 0.306
        Reed Johnson 0.337 0.305
        Darwin Barney 0.311 0.292
        Koyie Hill 0.298 0.291


        Fukudome, RF
        Soto, C
        Byrd, CF
        Pena, 1B
        Ramirez, 3B
        Soriano, LF
        DeWitt, 2B
        Castro, SS

        VS LEFTIES

        Ramirez, 3B
        Byrd, CF
        Pena, 1B
        Soto, C
        Soriano, LF
        Castro, SS
        Baker, 2B
        Fukudome, RF

        • Tony

          That is how bad this year is going to be then, because if Soto is one of your prime spots in the order batters, then this team is not very good. Of course ARAm leading off is hilarious and just shows why common sense does prevail, most of the time.

          Soto will be batting 7th most of the time, as Q has already made it pretty clear that this is his base lineup

          2nd – Castro
          3rd – Byrd
          4th – ARam
          5th – Pena
          6th – Soriano

          Soto will slot in the 7th or 8th spot most of the year.

  • Neil

    Marshall is in the game, Z out after 3 with better results than his line indicates. Lots of strikes …

  • Neil

    Marshall with a boring inning of work.

  • Neil

    Looper with a good inning …

  • Neil

    Looper just mowed down Gonzalez, Tulo and Helton on 7 pitches …

  • Neil

    Looper just gave up a single, hit a batter and served up a 3-run homer in the 7th

  • Neil

    Five hits for the offense, four singles and a Soto double … that’s it.

    • GaryLeeT

      Wake me up when it’s 2012…….make that 2013.

  • Tony

    Another reason I hate trading for pitchers in the arbitration years, that you have to pay in both dollars and prospects. Pitchers are a fragile bunch, and can get hurt in many different ways.

    • GaryLeeT

      Even if he was healthy, and had the element of hitter unfamiliarity working for him, I didn’ see Greinke as an ace. He’s way overrated, and maybe a .500 pitcher at best. The Brewers are better than the Cubs, but Greinke is not the one who makes it so.

      • Tony

        I don’t think Grienke is a stud ACE, that he was in 2009, but 500 pitcher at best is, not giving him any credit for pitching, as well as he has, for one of the worst teams in baseball.

        2008 – 13-10
        2009 – 16- 8
        2010 – 10-14

        If he had pitched for the Yankees, Red Sox, or Rays, he would have easily won 20 in 2009. 16 wins on a very bad team is amazing. Plus, wins are so much harder to come by for starters. He actually had a lower WHIP, than Tim Lincecum last year.

        I see him having a very good season, with the Brewers lineup that will be supporting him this year.

  • Chuck

    I was at the Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros game today in Fort Myers. Burt Hooten is a pitching coach in the Astros organization. Many will remember a young Burt Hooten pitching a no-hitter when he was with the Cubs in 1972.. Burt was at the Cubs Convention a few years back. I asked him will he come to a Cubs Convention again. He replied he would if invited. We need to invite former Cub players like Burt Hoote, Rick Monday and Ron Cey back. It would be nice to see a panel discussion of Cub players who have thrown a no-hitter. BTW, Burt signed a ball for me and put the date of his no-hitter on it.

    • BillyFinT

      Agreed. The Cubs should also have invited Phil Caverretta. Cubs fans need to hear the man how it was to play for winning Cub teams that played THREE WORLD SERIES.

      Now with Caverretta faced the Lord, the Cubs never needs to face the living proof of they are not getting it, yet.