Spring Training Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (9-15) vs. Giants (ss) (18-6)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Randy Wells (1-1, 1.29/0.88) vs. Shane Loux (1-0, 1.93/1.72)
Spring Training or not, the Cubs could use a win this afternoon against a Giants split squad … the Cubs have won just once in their last six games. Following the “much-needed day off”, the Cubs have played bad ball. With 12 days before every pitch, every at bat and every out counts, today would be a good time for Q’s crew to start showing some improvement.
Randy Wells will take the hill today and is in line to face the Diamondbacks at Wrigley on April 4. The official announcement on the final two spots in the rotation is expected this week, but it appears that Wells and Andrew Cashner (Cashner’s next spring start is Monday against the Angels in Tempe) will begin the season in Q’s rotation.
The Cubs host a Giants split squad this afternoon. The other half of the Giants roster will face the Oakland A’s in Scottsdale. Madison Bumgarner will get the start against the A’s while the Cubs will face non-roster invitee Shane Loux. Randy Wells has put together a solid spring. Today will be Wells’ fourth start and fifth appearance in the Cactus League. Wells has allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits in 14 innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Wells has all but locked up the fourth spot in Mike Quade’s rotation. The Cubs could announce their fourth and fifth starters by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Shane Loux will make his first start of the spring this afternoon. Loux is a non-roster invitee to the Giants big league camp. Loux has allowed one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 spring innings (four games) with a walk and five strikeouts. The right-handed hurler has also saved one of the Giants 18 Cactus League wins.
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