Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/23/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three: Cubs (9-12-1) vs. Rockies (?9-9)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.70/0.60) vs. Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 3.86/1.29)

Updated 11:41am CDTThe Cubs announced another round of spring roster cuts Friday morning. Anthony Rizzo and Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Brett Jackson, Jay Jackson, James Adduci, Michael Brenly and Bobby Scales were assigned to minor league camp.

Updated 11:41am CDTRyan Dempster named Opening Day starter. Matt Garza will begin the year behind Dempster in the rotation. Paul Maholm is the Cubs’ fifth starter and Dale Sveum will name his third and fourth starters on March 28.

With 13 exhibition games left on the Cactus League schedule, it is nearing crunch time for the Chicago Cubs. Dale Sveum has said he would like to start using his everyday lineup with around 10 days left in camp … the Cubs hit the 10 day mark on Sunday. Then there’s those pesky roster decsions.

The Cubs were expected to announce several spring roster cuts prior to Thursday’s exhibition with the Rangers but according to ESPN Chicago, the roster cuts will be announced over the weekend. The Cubs have made two spring roster cuts this week. Chris Rusin was assigned to minor league camp and Andy Sonnanstine was outrighted off the 40-man roster and assigned to minor league camp. Sveum is expected to cut between 10-12 players from the 47 still in camp.

Dale Sveum is expected to name his Opening Day starter on Friday. Either Ryan Dempster (likely Dempster) or Matt Garza will face Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 5.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija has all but locked up a spot in the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation and will likely be slotted in behind Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Paul Maholm in the fourth spot when the season begins.

Samardzija has been one of the surprises for the Cubs this spring and is coming off another excellent spring outing.

In three outings, two starts, Samardzija has allowed three runs on six hits in 10 innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. A clean-cut Samardzija held the Rangers to one run on three hits in four innings on St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas. Samardzija struck out three … again without a walk.

Casey Coleman, Esmailin Caridad, Trever Miller and Manny Corpas are on the Cubs’ pitching schedule for Friday.

Tyler Chatwood is making his second start and third appearance in the Cactus League. Chatwood held the Rangers to one run on four hits in four innings with a walk and two strikeouts in his last outing. In seven innings this spring, Chatwood has allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

News and Notes
According to multiple reports, Carlos Marmol threw on the side Thursday and had no problems. Marmol is looking to get back in a Cactus League game in one of the split squad games on Monday. Marmol also experienced problems with his neck during Tuesday’s outing. Both his hand and neck are okay.

Reed Johnson is listed as day-to-day after being hit in the leg Tuesday.

After leaving Thursday’s game in the sixth inning with an apparent arm issue, Marcos Mateo had a MRI Thursday night. As of this writing, Mateo’s status and the results of the MRI were not available.

Travis Wood is expected to start Saturday’s game against San Diego in Mesa.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Stewart – 3B
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soto – C
    Byrd – CF
    Johnson – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Samardzija – P

  • jw

    Looks pretty close the opening day line-up to me. I doubt it will be the one at end of the season

  • paulcatanese

    Bummer Neil, paid for the whole year on and it doesent work. Had to cancel. But never fear, I will rely as usual with you’re comments and coverage of the games. It’s better anyway.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Why doesn’t it work, Paul?

      • paulcatanese

        Don’t know Rip, spent three hours with cust.svc. and every day scince Mar.1. live up in the mountains. but worked last yr.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Now that is just awful! Really bad news! 

    • Neil

      Paul, I’m sorry you have had so many problems. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you can revisit it before the regular season begins.

  • Neil

    Samardzija gave up a run on two hits in the first with a strikeout. Giambi with a 2-out double after Barney and Castro could not complete an inning ending double play

  • Neil

    Soto with a 2-run HR in 2nd

  • Neil

    Bryan LaHair walked for the first time this spring ahead of the Soto homer

  • Neil

    Samardzija is getting hit pretty good in the second …

  • Neil

    Jeff Samardzija has allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2 doubles) without a walk and one strikeout in 2 IP so far against #Rockies

  • Neil

    Samardzija sat down the Rockies in order in the 3rd … Soto just hit his second 2 run homer of the game

  • Neil

    Samardzija gave up 2 more runs in the 4th.

    • Theboardrider

      Well he can’t be dominate in every game I suppose…

  • paulcatanese

    Disappointing that BJax is heading for the minors after Sveum had voiced his support a day or so ago that he was ready to play now.

    The old story that when Byrd is traded Bjax will be there. I’ve heard that story about the trade now for almost two years, getting old.

    And not sure whether to be happy or not with Dempster being named opening day starter, had that chance last year, don’t look for too much better.

    • cubs1967

      it’s like JH and Quade never left………..except for Dejesus and Maholm………….which are JH over 30 plus past their prime moves……….

      but it’s team theo………so we should just all goolly gee whitakers be happy!!

      i’m glad bjax was mad……..doesn’t show the organization in a good light………same as before…….money dictates who starts not talent…..!!

      • SirGladiator

        I guess people still don’t understand that Jackson and Rizzo literally couldn’t start the season with the Cubs if their every Spring Training At-Bat was a Home Run, because of Arbitration.  If we send them down to AAA until June, we get an extra year of Arbitration out of them.  Starting them right now means that we get 2 months now and give up a year later, thats a terrible deal that we naturally aren’t going to make.  So long as Rizzo and Jackson keep owning down in AAA, they’ll be up in June, once the Arbitration timeline expires.  Hopefully by then Soriano and Byrd will be traded, but even if they were already gone somebody else would be replacing them on opening day.  Thats just the way Arbitration works.

        • Zach

          Finally someone who knows what they are talking about.  I hate how people are getting so mad about the moves.  Jed has said all along that Rizzo and Jackson are going to start the season in AAA.  I would rather have another year for both of them, then see them start the season on the major league roster.

        • cubtex

          Yep. I say Rizzo and BJax will both be starting on the Cubs by June.

      • Theboardrider

        “It’s like JH and Quade never left.”  C’mon 1967, I like your many of your posts but that’s just absofreakinlutely ridiculous!  They’ve been around 4 months!  Give it time.  BJax is going to play every day and come up as soon as they can get fair value for Byrd.  Do you want Byrd to stay around?  On the bench?  If BJax is up than that is what happens.  Then he has zero trade value.  C’mon bro, think before you say stuff like that.  It undermines your usually valid observations. 

        • paulcatanese

          Thats part of my point. According to plans Bjax will be up when the Cubs get fair value for Byrd. The Cubs have been hoping for the last year and a half that his stock would go up. Still there is no one interested.
          Putting the best team on the field should be the primary reason for the Cubs to exist, not what fits thier pocketbook.
          What I am seeing is that the dollar amount is more important than the team on the field.
          And what happens if Byrd is a bust until June, does that mean that the Cubs should just eat it and go for another season like last year?
          Contrary to what people might think of how I deterime what path the Cubs and Theo take
          thier has been some good things come to pass. Mather is one of those,Stewert may be another, so I am not against all of the moves Theo and crew make. I like Sveum, but again he will have to manage with what he is dealt for a roster, I like that he has BJax’s back and it it were up to him BJax would be here now and starting.

          • cubtex

            Paul. You and I know the Cubs have no chance to win this year. Why waste a year of arbitration on a lost year? He will be up in June with Rizzo and we will start to see some other moves then as well. I am just as frustrated as you with the product they are starting the year with. They probably have the worst outfield in baseball to start the season.

          • cubs1967

            why is it assumed bjax or rizzo will be up in june?? what happens in june. nothing.  no guarantee byrd hits and the trade deadline is july 31st. according to, the rangers would like a righ-handed OF; they are not happy with gentry or borbon and want jhamilton to play LF.  hmmmmmmm…don’t they know byrd pretty well in arlington and he had his best years there……and i’m sure team theo is smart enough to have called them… what happens in june?
            byrd is a sunk cost; as team theo calls it. no value now. none in june.
            bjax is the best CF; cubs fans pay top prices in baseball; this is supposed to be the ” genius” regime; not the cheapest regime; so no excuse for bjax to be in iowa.
            castro was called up in may; got hot and the the league adjusted; i think he dropped down to around .270 or so; then got hot the last 4-6 weeks to finish at .300.  great confidence for a 20 yr old to hit .300.
            if he comes up in june or july; he ends the season in a slump. should we put a price tag on that??
            the rays-a’s-royals can worry about arb years; the highest tix price-we draw 3M fans even when we suck like NO other team in any sport-in the 3rd largest market in the US-cannot.
            this team is managed by its contracts; demp makes the most so he starts opening day.
            bryd the most-to CF. dewitt the most as bench player so cardenas to iowa.
            yet garza is “a pitcher to build around” per team theo; but cannot start opeing day? or jackson is the best young prospect sveum has seen; even saying MLB ready; yet byrd starts in CF; marshall was a great LH RP; yet was traded for a questionable talent; all the BS double talk is enough already.
            theo is nicknamed “boy genius:.
            when does that start in chicago?

          • cubs1967

            if arb years are a law; which it is not; some of you on this site need to realize that; then sign players like the rays did with longoria and matt moore; buying out arb years so salaries don’t get out of control.
            the whole arb year arguement is silly and incorrect not to mention there is no guarantee of super 2 status; likely, but not for sure.
            considering 45M is off the books this year, next year there is only 32M committed long term-sori-marmol-dejesus and after 2013 only 18M in sori…..
            how does a 71-91 team with 3M in attendance have to worry about the pursestrings?? if team theo is boy genius?

    • brent carmona

      Paul, bjax might be ‘ready’ for the majors, but why not let him stay in Iowa and work on lowering his k rate? I don’t know if that’s even possible,t maybe they not only want to delay the arbitration clock but want him to work on various parts of his game with less pressure.

    • Theboardrider

      Especially up against Strasburg…0-1.

      • Theboardrider

        My previous post was meant in reply to the observation about Dempster starting…

  • Neil

    Jeff Samardzija’s final line for Friday against #Rockies: 7R, 10H (HR, 2 2B), 0BB, 2K in 4IP

    • Ripsnorter1


      If Wells pitches that poorly just one time in ST, he’s in either Iowa or the bullpen. He probably can’t escape the pen no matter how well he pitches, anyway. I think they are favoring Volstad.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat Rockies 10-8 Friday afternoon

    Jeff Samardzija: 7R, 10H (HR), 0BB,2K, 4IP; Geovany Soto: 3-for-3, 2 HR, 5RBI; Bryan LaHair: 3-for-3, 2B, 3R, BB; Marlon Byrd:2-for-3, 2 2B, 2R

    • Theboardrider

      Woo-hoo!  Go Lahair!  3-3 and a walk, what a sight for sore eyes…

  • Theboardrider

    Did I hear “clean-cut Samardizja?”  Wow!  The guy is serious this year.  I stand by my bold prediction…Shark is an all-star this season. 

    • Theboardrider

      Wow, and this was meant to be in response to an entirely different thread.  Either it was a net glitch or I’m more tired than I thought from 12 hours of qualifying on the range today! But I did qualify!  I’m about to have an armed PI license.  Super-stoked…

    • Neil

      The long hair is still there but he shaved prior to his start on St. Patrick’s Day.