Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 03/11/12

Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (4-3) vs. Dodgers (4-1-2)
Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Matt Garza (1-0, 9.00/1.50) vs. Ted Lilly (0-1, 22.50/3.50)

The Cubs begin their second week of Cactus League games this afternoon with their second trip to Glendale since Friday. Dale Sveum said Saturday that he considered the first week of the exhibition season a success. The Cubs have shown steady improvement, especially on the bases, in the field, and on the mound.

After a rough start to the practice games, the pitching staff as a whole has been pretty good in three of the last four games. While the relievers have had mixed results, the starters have been solid, even in Thursday’s loss to the Mariners. Over the first seven games of Cactus League action, the Cubs’ starters own a 2.08 ERA (17 1/3 innings) and have walked only four batters (two each for Travis Wood and Ryan Dempster).

Can Matt Garza pick up where Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad, Travis Wood, Randy Wells and Ryan Dempster left off?

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Matt GarzaMatt Garza had a good first outing against the Rockies last Tuesday at HoHoKam Park. Garza picked up the spring win after allowing two runs on three hits in two innings of work. Garza did not walk a batter and struck out one. Garza did hit a batter, which led to the Rockies’ first run.

Garza’s command was excellent last Tuesday after he got on the same page with Welington Castillo. Garza should go at least three innings this afternoon.

Ted Lilly had a bad outing against the Giants last Tuesday. ‘The Bulldog‘ gave up five runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. Lilly had rough springs during his years with the Cubs and the veteran southpaw should be on the top of his game this afternoon.

News and Notes

After completing three innings Saturday against the Brewers, Ryan Dempster finished getting his work in down in the Cubs’ pen.

The Cubs made their second round of spring roster cuts Saturday morning. After assigning four players to minor league camp Friday (Jae-Hoon Ha, Jonathan Mota, Trey McNutt and Marco Carrillo), the Cubs sent Micah Gibbs and Dae-Eun Rhee down the street to Fitch Park on Saturday. The Cubs’ Spring Training roster officially sits at 57 players … 39 on the big league roster and 18 non-roster invitees.

Dale Sveum told the media Saturday that David DeJesus will begin the season as the Cubs’ leadoff man. Alfonso Soriano will hit in a run-producing spot in the lineup (three, four or five).

Ryan Dempster said his first pitch to Aramis Ramirez was unintentional.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Baker – 2B
    Castro – SS
    DeWitt – 3B
    Byrd – CF
    Johnson – LF
    Castillo – C
    Rizzo – 1B
    Garza – P

  • GaryLeeT

    From the few ABs I’ve seen from both, it looks like Stewart has the better chance over Rizzo of proving last year’s numbers were an anomaly.

    • Theboardrider

      I dont really think thats a fair comparison Gary.Ur comparing a veteran big leager who had a down year to a kid in a late year callup. Rizzo is trying to figure it out, Stewart is trying to revert to proven form.

      • GaryLeeT

         It’s not a comparison, it’s 2 predictions. I’ll be surprised if Rizzo will ever figure it out.

        • Theboardrider

          Oh, I see what ur saying. I thought it sounded like a comparison more than a prediction. Either way I sure hope ur wrong.

  • Marvin Ferguson

    Looking at the Cub 2012 lineup  I’m excited and hoping for exciting things this year. As a die hard Cub fan who grew up in Chicago, I just had to include the Cubs in my ebook on Amazon. Good luck Cubs and should I say Go Cubs Go?  Yes! You bet, Go Cubs Go!  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs make official what was reported in Feb. Cuban Gerardo Concepcion is signed.Placed on 40-man but will go to minor-lg camp

    Cuban lefty Concepcion gets guaranteed $6 million, five-year deal. Will be sent to minor league camp.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Concepcion’s deal is a $3 million signing bonus with the other $3 million spread over the five years of the deal

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice job of hitting by Rizzo

  • wrigleylover

    I dont agree that Garza had a good first outing. He gave up 2 runs in 2 innings. Then todays really bad game. Can Garza pick up where Samamdjiza, Volstad and Wells left off? Not yet, but I feel he will end up OK.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Garza threw the ball well in his first start, only real mistake was the HBP. He hit his spots. Today, I agree.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shutout by Dodgers 5-0 Sunday. Matt Garza: 4R, 3H, 2BB,
    HBP, K, 1.1IP; Jeff Beliveau: 0R, 0H, 0BB, 5K, 2.0IP; Cubs offense: 5 hits, 5BB