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: Cubs.com
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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