Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/09/12

Spring Training Game Six: Cubs (2-3) vs. White Sox (1-3)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: WGN TV (White Sox Broadcast), MLB Network (Delay) – Radio:
Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Travis Wood (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Chris Sale (0-0, -.–/-.–)

It may only be Spring Training … but it is the Cubs against the White Sox this afternoon for the first time in 2012. The two teams will square off one more time this spring in Mesa on March 18.

A lot has changed for both the Cubs and White Sox since they faced one another last July. Both teams have a new skipper and the personnel on the field is minus several of the players that has made the rivalry interesting in recent years.

The Cub will get their first look of the spring at Travis Wood. Wood pitched in the intrasquad game last Friday and did not fare too well against his own team. Wood is a very talented southpaw that has a ton of upside. Wood is competing with Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad, Randy Wells, Casey Coleman and Rodrigo Lopez for one of the remaining two spots in the Cubs’ rotation.

Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez are scheduled to follow Travis Wood on Friday afternoon.

This afternoon is the first of three straight on the ‘road‘ that includes two trips to Glendale in the next three days.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood made his big league debut against the Cubs on July 1, 2010 and is now pitching for the team from the North Side of Chicago. The 25-year old southpaw has had mixed results at the big league level. Wood has been spectacular and mediocre in 39 games, 35 starts, in the majors.

Wood was 6-6 for the Reds last season with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP in 22 games, 18 starts, while posting a 2-3 record at the Triple-A level in 10 starts with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

The Cubs’ front office is banking on Wood fulfilling the promise the Reds thought he had when they selected him in the second round of the 2005 draft.

Friday’s lineup against the White Sox:
Alfonso Soriano – DH
Darwin Barney – 2B
Jeff Baker – RF
Bryan LaHair – 1B
Marlon Byrd – CF
Joe Mather – LF
Steve Clevenger – C
Junior Lake – SS
Edgar Gonzalez – 3B

The White Sox have finally decided to let Chris Sale be a starting pitcher. Sale has the stuff to be a dominant starter at the big league level. Sale has been a very successful reliever in one-plus Major League seasons (4-3 in 79 games with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP).

News and Notes

The Cubs bunting tournament resumed Thursday … and three of the final four are set. Welington Castillo (beat Adrian Cardenas), Paul Maholm (beat Randy Wells) and Casey Coleman (beat Jeff Beliveau) advanced to the final four. The last spot will be filled by either Starlin Castro or David DeJesus.

Carlos Marmol is not concerned about the results from Thursday’s outing. Marmol is working on fastball location right now.

Geovany Soto could make his spring debut either Saturday (in Maryvale against the Brewers) or Sunday (in Glendale against the Dodgers).

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Soriano – DH
    Barney – 2B
    Baker – RF
    LaHair – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Mather – LF
    Clevenger – C
    Lake – SS
    Gonzalez – 3B

    Travis Wood is starting. Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez are also on the schedule for today. John Gaub, Dae-Eun Rhee, Lendy Castillo and Marco Carrillo are on the trip to Glendale.

    The Cubs also assigned four players to minor league camp this morning: Trey McNutt, Marco Carrillo, Jae-Hoon Ha and Jonathan Mota

    • Zonk

      Question:  If any of those 4 guys were still in the Bunting Tournament, do you think they don’t get sent out yet?

      I wonder, maybe extra motivation for the kids!

  • paulcatanese

    Neil, one way to beat the big mouth of the Hawk is to go to the computer for audio of the game(WGN) and put the TV on mute.
    Think it would work?

    • Neil

      Len and Mick are calling the play-by-play on That could work … The TV might be a little ahead

      • Tony_Hall

        I am listening on MLB.TV and watching WGN on the TV.  The audio on MLB is ahead of the TV.  

  • Neil

    Edgar Gonzalez with a 2-run homer off Sale

    • Neil

      Two out rally started with a walk by Junior Lake

  • Neil

    Travis Wood out for his third inning of work

  • Neil

    Good job by Randy Wells getting out of the bases loaded jam … Induced a 5-3 inning ending double play

  • Neil

    Wells with a good outing, Byrd a monster shot

  • Neil

    Clevenger with a homer

  • Devin Hill

    Seems like the starting pitching competiton has been doing pretty well. I know its early but there is nothing not to like so far. 

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the White Sox 5-1 Friday afternoon. Cubs hit 3 HR: Steve Clevenger, Marlon Byrd and Edgar Gonzalez (two-run HR); Darwin Barney: 1-for-3 RBI – Pitching Friday: Travis Wood: 1R, 3H, 2BB, 1K, 2.1IP; Randy Wells: 0R, 1H, 1K, 0BB, 2.2IP; Rodrigo Lopez: 0R, 0H, 1K, 0BB in 2.0IP; Dae-Eun Rhee: Struck out side in 8th

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Nation Represent! Cubs Win ! Cubs Win !

    • Texcubnut

      Good to see that, Jim. And hopefully, many, many more times.

  • Tom U

    Dae-Eun Rhee showing a very good breaking ball and change-up.

    • Texcubnut

      Tom, I had Rhee on my 10 to follow. I hope he makes it.

  • paulcatanese

    I can see where the Cubs working on a walking lead will lead to a lot more stolen bases once they get it right.
    Even with that style Lake really did not get a good jump, and a good throw may have got him, but it’s interesting and looks like a lot of teams are trying it.
    One more thing, the throw by Wood should not have been made, but everyone could see that. What was not good was the right fielder was very slow getting into position to back it up. He should have headed that way as soon as the ball was on the ground, anticipating a throw that way and could have prevented the runner advancing to second base. I am sure Sveum will point that out.