Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 03/27/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (12-14-1) vs. Reds (10-15)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
Location – Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Matt Garza (2-2, 5.84/1.38) vs. Mat Latos (2-0, 1.93/0.93)

The long grind of the Cactus League is coming to an end for the Chicago Cubs. Including today, the Cubs have only eight Spring Training games left on the schedule and they depart for Chicago one week from today.

With the release of Trever Miller and the addition of Shawn Camp, the Cubs still have 40 players on their Spring Training roster. More cuts should be announced soon and Dale Sveum is expected to officially name Jeff Samardzija and Chris Volstad to his Opening Day rotation Wednesday. Samardzija and Volstad are expected to be slotted in behind Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza and in front of Paul Maholm.

The Cubs were just in Goodyear on Sunday to face the Indians and will make the return trip to face their division rivals for the second, and last, time this spring.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Matt Garza …

After a rough second start of the spring against the Dodgers, Matt Garza has put together two solid outings and is coming off a five-inning shutout performance against the Rangers. Garza surrendered just two hits and struck out three to go along with three walks. With the exception of the start against Los Angeles, Garza has pitched much better this spring than a year ago.

Garza makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon … over the first four, Garza has allowed eight runs on 11 hits with six walks, hit two batters and struck out eight in 12 1/3 innings.

If all goes as planned, Matt Garza should pitch into and through the sixth inning this afternoon.

The Reds pulled off one of the biggest trades of the off-season when they acquired Mat Latos … and that trade had a ripple effect that opened up an option for the Cubs. Latos has been as advertised for the Reds this spring and makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon.

Latos has allowed just three runs on 12 hits with one walks and nine strikeouts in 14 innings and like Matt Garza, Latos is coming off a good outing against the Rangers. Latos held Texas (on the same day as Garza) to a run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

This afternoon should be the first of several Matt vs. Mat matchups of the year.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    Mather – 3B
    Byrd – CF
    Amezaga – SS
    W.Castillo – C
    Garza – P

  • Neil

    Today is the 110th anniversary of when Cubs nickname was coined. 

  • cubtex

    Neil…..Any idea when we will get the prospect back from Boston and when the Hoyer compensation will be settled???

    • Brentcarmona

      Hey cubtex, I forget which city in Texas you live in? I was just curious, I’m in huntsville going to Sam Houston, might try and catch a couple cubs/stros games since I’m an hour away.

      • cubtex

        I live in Austin. Longhorn country….Don’t get to Houston often(can’t stand that humidity) but I get my baseball fix from the RR Express. Always go when they play the Iowa Cubs and also go to some Longhorn games each year. 

        • paulcatanese

          Yeah, I know, you are one of those Hook’em

    • Neil

       The deal with Boston is supposed to be finished by the end of Spring Training. The last date I heard on the compensation to San Diego for Hoyer and McLeod was April 15. That could have changed with what is going on with the Padres.

      • cubtex

        OK. Thanks as always Neil!

        • Neil

           You are more than welcome …

  • Vivid_Reality

  • Rob

    Who won the Bunting Tournament? Haven’t heard anything in a while…

    • Neil

       David DeJesus won the bunting tournament

  • Neil
    • cubtex

      I am really surprised they did not even mention Scott Maine as a bullpen possibility. If Russell is the only lefty to make it….there will be games Sveum will not have a lefty available during games.

    • Anthony

      and 104 and counting

      sorry, but losing is a disease

  • Cloycub13

    Dale: You know who would look really good in this lineup guys?… Brett Jackson!
    Jed: OK Dale but we have Soriano, Byrd & Dejesus
    Dale: Is there not SOMETHING we can do about that????
    Jed: Well there has been some interest but we can’t really quantify the return and how it would look in the future.
    Dale: Come on man!
    Theo: Issues guys, calm down, I have a plan!
    Dale: Ok great, what is it?
    Theo: Tell ya Wednesday!

    Stay Tuned!
    PS: Continued Great Work Neil!!!
    Go Cubs! 9 days… “9 times??????” “NINE Times!”

  • Neil

    LaHair with a double off the wall in center drove in Barney but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the first

    • paulcatanese

      I had no idea LaHair had that kind of speed:)

      • Neil

         He doesn’t …

    • OttawaBob

      Neil, Ever since we discussed how lost this guy was at the plate, he’s been on a holy terror!…LaHair MUST be a CCO reader.

      • Neil

        Well played …

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat:Sveum says staff will meet post-game Wed to “get everything 95 percent finished” as far as Cubs roster

    • Cloycub13

      Everything 95%……I love our new manager speak

  • Neil

    Matt Garza’s final line against Reds Tuesday afternoon: 2R, 7H, 2BB, 6K in 4+IP. Both runs scored after Garza left game.

    It looks like a lot of hits, only 2 were hit hard (double by Phillips, double by Votto). Several of the infield variety and one bloop to the outfield.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat Reds 7-4 on Tuesday afternoon

    Matt Garza: 2R, 7H, 2BB, 6K, 4+IP; Darwin Barney: 3-for-4, 2-2B, RBI, R; Bryan LaHair: 3-for-5, 2-2B, RBI; Welington Castillo: 2-for-4, HR, 2R; Dave Sappelt: 3R HR

  • Will

    saw mather just pull one foul that was deep over the fence in left field..  is there any way that he not only makes the team, but ends up seeing significant time this season?  He is raking.

    • Aaron


      Yes, but ONLY if Byrd and DeJesus keep sucking so bad that they have no choice. My guess is that they give Byrd and DeJesus through the month of April to get going. If they don’t, then Johnson is the first choice solely for defense, then after that, it’s likely Mather.

      • Will

        thanks Aaron.

  • Aaron

    couple thoughts….

    Camp, L. Castillo, and Parker did themselves absolutely no favors today in making a positive impression on the coaching staff. Furthermore, it appears that Byrd, Johnson, and DeJesus are either playing themselves into reserve roles, trades (not til June for DeJesus), or outright release later this season if their poor springs continue into the season.

    The Cubs are somewhat lucky in the fact that they have two guys that appear to be ready for a full-time chance in the OF in B. Jackson and Mather. DeJesus, unfortunately, is signed beyond this season which was incredibly foolish, as he was over 30, coming off injury, AND coming off an extremely disappointing season statistically-speaking.

    Watching this team this season just might be the most depressing thing to watch in quite awhile.

    ….which makes the Colvin/LeMahieu trade even more suspect, considering the fact that Weathers was already DFA’d, and Stewart is hitting at a worse clip than LeMahieu thus far…meanwhile, Colvin is tearing the cover off the ball…..

    We’ll see what happens when the season starts, as anything can happen, but it’s not looking pretty right now. Their trade of Marshall looks suspect too, given the fact that Sappelt and T. Wood have been brutal thus far….

    I’m hoping they make some wise moves, as it will be a hell of a lot easier to give them the benefit of the doubt than it is at the moment. And as I’ve mentioned several times, I’m talking making moves to trade guys like Baker, DeWitt, Johnson,  Byrd, Soto, etc., and get some decent prospects in return.

    Enough is enough…really. I understand that this is year one with Theo and Hoyer, but what I’m seeing is a lot of the same with Hendry. If they really wanted veterans to fill-in, there were some decent, cheap, and younger FA options available.

    • cubtex

      Colvin always hits in spring training since he can sit fastball. Alot of veteran pitchers work on things and the Arizona climate doesn’t do great things for breaking balls. I said this last spring as well. Spring training stats don’t mean a whole lot especially for veterans. I am not a DeJesus fan at all….but lets give him the benefit of the doubt since he has been somewhat productive in the past. It was a puzzling sign but they have him for 2 years. Hopefully they can move Byrd by the start of the season and open up one of the outfield spots so whenever BJax is ready….no one will be blocking him.

      • Aaron

         I’m with you on the spring training stats not mattering much, otherwise guys like Scott McClain, Bobby Scales, Jake Fox, and others would be All-Stars….

        at the same time, Sveum is exactly right….the last 10 games matter an awful lot, because it tells you how the team stacks up against the league, and he said as players, you want to finish strong for a good start to the season.

        Guys like Mather, Castillo, Clevenger, Barney, Soriano, Volstad, Wells, Maholm, Dolis, have been consistent pretty much all spring, whereas guys like LaHair, Soto, Garza, etc. have come on strong late.

        Guys like Marmol, K. Wood, Samardzija, Byrd, DeJesus, Baker, DeWitt, Campana, T. Wood, Russell, etc. have either never gotten it going, or are declining at the wrong time due to inconsistencies, etc.

        Byrd, and either Baker or DeWitt need to go NOW. It makes absolutely no sense that either 3 are still with this team dating back to the end of last year even….Remember how Baker and Byrd had suitors at the end of last year, but the idiotic Hendry , then Bush refused to deal any veterans even after the season was completely lost?

  • Anthony

    5. Nelson Perez, RF: 0-3 (3-1, K, K)
    5. Nelson Perez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)6. Michael Burgess, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, 1-3, F-8)
    6. Michael Burgess, RF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, K, K)

    Where is Crash Davis when you need him

    OF prospects

    Perez 0-7 with 6 K’s
    Burgess 1-7 with 2 K’s

    Burgess making progress

    Tom, like the direction of these guys?


    Swiss cheese twins, wouldn’t you say.

    maybe a favor was done……………….lol