Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 03/28/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (13-14-1) vs. Indians (6-12)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 6.43/1.14) vs. Josh Tomlin (0-2, 8.47/1.94)

While the 2012 regular season officially kicked off this morning with the first game of the year between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s in Tokyo, counting today the Cubs still have seven more game on their Cactus League schedule. Dale Sveum’s team opens the 2012 season in eight days at Wrigley Field against the Washington Nationals.

The Cubs just played the Indians last Sunday and wrap up their spring slate with Cleveland this afternoon.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is coming off his worst outing of the spring and really must right the ship this afternoon to erase the doubts from his last start. Samardzija pretty much dominated in his first three outings, two starts, of the spring before the Rockies lit him up last Friday.

In four games, three starts, Samardzija has allowed 10 runs on 16 hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. The Rockies scored seven of those 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings. The best thing that can be said about Samardzija’s last start is that he did not walk a batter.

With Dale Sveum holding off the announcement that Samardzija has made the Opening Day rotation, another outing like the one against the Rockies could give Randy Wells another shot at a spot on the starting staff.

Randy Wells on the schedule for Wednesday and is slated to start Sunday’s game against the Angels in Tempe.

Tony Campana (CF), Blake DeWitt (2B), Starlin Castro (SS), Alfonso Soriano (LF), Ian Stewart (3B), Geovany Soto (C), Bryan LaHair (1B), Joe Mather (RF) and Samardzija is expected to be Dale Sveum’s starting lineup against the Indians this afternoon.

Josh Tomlin makes his fourth start and sixth appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. Tomin is coming off a decent outing against the Angels in which he allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

This spring, Tomlin has allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, on 32 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 17 innings of work.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Campana – CF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Soto – C
    LaHair – 1B
    Mather – RF
    Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From ESPN Chicago: Sveum says Smardzija’s performance today will partly go into the decision of whether he makes the rotation. Staff meets tonight to decide.

    • cubtex

      For the life of me, I don’t know why they are wavering on naming Samardzija one of the starters. This is the year to see if he can be a starter. We already know what Wells is. Let’s see if Shark can be a starter. He can always be put back into the bullpen.

      • John_CC

         to annoy you.

      • brent carmona

        One of neil’s articles mentioned how svuem was worried about his soft stuff.. I mean, is it just me or does he throw everything over 85mph? He’s gotta find a balance and having just one more start to prove that I’m actually skeptical.

        But I’m with you, I say the heck with it and let him go through the growing pains during this rebuilding season.

        Didn’t have time to respond yesterday, I’m from Austin as well. Best city in Texas to live in by far, I love it. Since this is the astros last year in the national league, you should consider making a trip to minute maid when the cubs are in town. I dislike the ballpark but at least they close the roof so nobody suffocates from the god awful humidity up here.

        • cubtex

          Brent….I have been to Minute Maid a couple of times before.( Actually saw a Cubs game) You are right, when it is 100 degrees and humid as hell in Houston in July….at least they close the roof and you can enjoy the game in a/c.

          • Texcubnut

            Amazing, so many cub fans from lone star state. North Texas hill country here. I’ve been to every Cubs/rangers series at Arlington(3) and it never ceases to amaze me that Cub fans outnumber ranger fans at ‘The Ballpark.’ I have a son in Austin, a son in Houston and a daughter in Wichita Falls and I love them equally. The kids not the cities!! Austin is my favorite. (keep it weird)

      • J Daniel

        I agree 100% with you.  It is not like they are going anyplace this year.  Find out what the guy can do.  And really?  Base it on a couple of st starts?  Really? Need to be able to see and judge beyond a few performances in great weather?!

      • Tony_Hall

        Maybe it’s to see how he responds to it.  Whatever the  reason is, they really don’t have to tell us if they decided weeks ago, that he was going to be in the rotation or if they decide tonight.  Just like in your business dealings, you don’t tell the competition or your customers, etc, all of your thoughts.

        But with that, I agree with you, Samardzija needs to start this year, to find out if he can do it, as he can be mid-rotation type starter.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Chris Carpenter via Carrie Muskat:

    Headed into surgery tomorrow with Dr Andrews to remove a bone spur in my elbow. 

    • RynoTiger

      to update Neil’s post…from mlbtraderumors:
      Chris Carpenter is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
      The procedure will be preformed by Dr. James Andrews and will likely sideline Carpenter for a couple of months.

      The 26-year-old right-hander was acquired this offseason as compensation for GM Theo Epstein.

      • gary3411

         HAHA suk on that Henry!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        From ESPN Boston:

        Ben Cherington confirmed Carpenter is having surgery. But he would not comment on whether the injury pre-dated the trade

        • Tony_Hall

          That’s too bad for Carpenter.  But amazing how things look different after a little time passes.

  • Anthony

    from AZPhil:

    OF Jae-Hoon Ha (Tennessee), 2B Piere LePage and 1B Ryan Cuneo (Daytona), and OF Yasiel Balaguert (Peoria) are injured and may not be on their team’s Opening Day Active List. That could save a job (at least temporarily) for Nelson Perez or Abner Abreu (who are “on the bubble”), and it could even mean a 1B or OF who is assigned to Boise/Mesa could get moved back up to the Peoria roster before the Chiefs leave Arizona. A lot also depends on whether Anthony Giansanti (Daytona) and/or Wilson Contreras (Peoria) are assigned to Extended Spring Training for a month or two to work on their catching skills, or if one or both will break camp with their teams.
    While none of them deserve to go back to AA, I think it’s plausible that guys like Rebel Ridling, Ty Wright, Jim Adduci, Nate Samson, Jonathon Mota, and/or Blake Lalli could end up back at Tennessee, at least until Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson get moved up to Chicago.
    There also is the matter of the player-coach. The Cubs liike to assign one veteran player to each of their four full-season minor league affiliates to work as a player-coach, learning the ropes as a coach while staying in playing shape to be available to be activated for short periods of time to replace position-players who go on the 7-day DL. Player-coaches are put on the Disabled List when they are deactivated, so watch for guys who go on a minor league DL for no apparent reason. (How they get away with this, I have no idea).
    At present, IF-OF Bobby Scales would appear to be the player-coach at Iowa, and perhaps C-1B Blake Lalli could be the player-coach at Tennessee. INF Jonathon Mota is another player who would fit that profile.
    As the Cubs make their final roster cuts from big league camp, there should be considerable movement among position players from Iowa to Tennessee (but not much below Tennessee), and pitcher-movement from Iowa to Tennessee, Tennessee to Daytona, Daytona to Peoria, and Peoria to Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training).
    A couple of minor league position players and several minor league pitchers are sure to get released by Sunday.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Jeff Samardzija line so  far 3 innings , 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Jeff Samardzija line so  far 5 innings , 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts he strikes out the side in the fifth inning

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    The Shark just triple

  • gary3411

    Welcome to the 2012 Chicago Cubs starting rotation Jeff Samardzija

  • EqDoc

    Really happy to see LaHair coming on strong toward the end of ST!

    • John_CC

       Yep, looks like those adjustments he and Rudy and Sveum were working on earlier in the month are coming together.  I reckon that is what spring training is for!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jeff Samardzija’s final line against #Indians: 0R, 3H, 1BB, 5K, 6IP; 1-for-2, 3B at the plate

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs shut out Indians 2-0 Wednesday afternoon

    Jeff Samardzija: 0R, 3H, 1BB, 5K, 6IP; Ian Stewart: 2-for-4, R; Bryan LaHair: 1-for-3, RBI; Joe Mather: 1-for-2, RBI, BB

  • cubs1967

    commonsense:

    castillo looks great……..spent 2 yrs in AAA; time to be geo’s backup for 40 plus games at least; trade soto in july.  he has nothing to prove in AAA ball. 

    smardz…………today he proved to be a starter.  we need to know what he is………..2012 is a wasted year……..start him.

    cubs need pitching……….U don’t trade wells.  smardz should be held to 150IP at most.  maholm/volstad have not competed 200 IP on a regualar basis……..wells will get his starts.

    camp is 37…….maine has era below 1.50……do I need to explain it?

    dewitt is down to .289…….move him and play cardenas…..who can play SS……how hard it this team theo??

    bryd won’t have value now nor in july……so play bjax or ask your self why did we need dejesus to begin with??……to waste 10M.

    now watch the opposite of all of these happen…….

    • RynoTiger

      well if Byrd has no value now nor in July, why trade him now to bring up BJax and waste a year of control? 

       as you said, the 2012 year is wasted…why waste a year of control on BJax?  I really haven’t seen any critics answer that one yet, other than because they really want to see BJax in major league games.

      to me it’s just common sense not to be too hasty there with BJax and the future.   

      • cubs1967

        so a team that draws 3M in fans every year should worry about the pursestrings??

        come on this is not the rays.  does bjax get better as a major leaguer in AAA ball OR in MLB.  MLB!

        common sense.

        • BosephHeyden

           Again:  it’s the year of control deal.  If you don’t trade Marlon Byrd, he’s performed just well enough to be the starting Center Fielder.  You’ve got to let him play out the last year of his contract, unless he bats under .250 or start struggling big time on defense.

          Byrd’s a professional player, and you reward that because, not only is it the right thing to do, but if you decide to bench him just to play a prospect even though he’s performed well, then that’s going to be just disrespectful enough that those big name free agents that can help the Cubs will look elsewhere when it comes to the offseason.

  • matthew8510

    so atleast we know mather and reed will be 4th and 5th outfielder and would rather have lopez more than shark sorry to say but lopez outpitched shark this spring.

  • Josh

    Top Performers in System

     

    HITTERS (min 60 PA, OPS >
    745 or stat leader)

     

    Catcher

    None

     

    Infielder

    Anthony Rizzo (22) AAA: 378/427/671
    – 3 2B, 7 HR, 1 SB

    Adrian Cardenas (24) AAA: 324/373/541
    – 7 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB

    Greg Rohan (26) High-A: 300/379/511
    – 4 2B, 5 HR

    Luis Valbuena (26) AAA: 295/392/459
    – 4 2B, 2 HR

    Rubi Silva (23) High-A: 319/380/444
    – 5 2B, 2 3B

    Paul Hoilman (22) Low-A: 276/352/461
    – 8 2B, 2 HR

    Zeke DeVoss (21) Low-A: 250/354/393
    – 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 2 SB

    Wes Darvill (20) Low-A: 284/357/386
    – 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB

     

    Outfielder

    Nelson Perez (24) High-A: 261/402/522
    – 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 3 SB

    Oliver Zapata (19) Low A:
    327/417/481 — 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 SB

    John Andreoli (22) High-A: 309/449/382
    – 4 2B, 3 SB

    Michael Burgess (23) Double
    A: 257/321/443 — 4 2B, 3 HR

    James Adduci (27) AA: 296/333/423
    – 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB

    Brett Jackson (23) AAA: 233/330/419
    – 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 SB

    Matt Szczur (20) High-A: 233/349/311
    – 5 2B, 1 3B, 12 SB

     

    PITCHERS

    Starters (ERA/WHIP K/BB) –
    min 4 starts

    PJ Francescon (23) Low-A:
    2.00/0.67 26/4

    Michael Jensen (21) Low-A: 2.79/0.90
    22/8

    Austin Kirk (22) High-A:
    1.53/0.99 15/7

    Nicholas Struck (22) AA: 3.29/1.32
    24/11

    Trey McNutt (22) AA: 0.61/1.09
    13/7

    Brooks Raley (24) AA: 3.65/1.09
    13/4

    Chris Rusin (25) AAA: 2.63/1.06
    13/6

     

    Relievers (ERA/WHIP K/BB) –
    min 6 games/7 innings

    Andrew McKirahan (22) Low-A
    0.00/0.69 9/1 — 2 SV

    Yao-Lin Wang (21) Low-A:
    0.00/0.45 9/3

    Jeffrey Lorick (24) Low-A:
    0.96/1.07 13/6 — 2 SV

    Kyler Burke (24) Low-A:
    1.71/1.05 17/4 — 1 SV

    Tony Zych (21) High-A: 2.25/1.08
    7/3 — 2 SV

    Brian Schlitter (27) High-A/AA:
    1.80/1.20 9/2

    Joseph Zeller (24) High-A/AA:
    2.08/1.15 12/6

    Scott Weismann (22) Low-A/AA:
    2.19/0.97 8/2

    Casey Harman (23) High-A/AA: 1.35/0.90
    11/3

    Ryan Searle (21) AA:
    2.16/1.14 13/3

    Alberto Cabrera (23) AA:
    2.31/0.94 13/4 — 1 SV

    Kevin Rhoderick (23) AA:
    1.80/0.90 12/3 — 2 SV

    Blake Parker (27) AAA: 1.08/0.84
    5/3 — 3 SV

    Jeff Beliveau (25) AAA:
    3.09/1.29 9/5

    Frank Batista (23) AA/AAA:
    0.00/0.92 11/2 — 5 SV
     

  • Josh

    Top
    Performers in System

     

    HITTERS
    (min 60 PA, OPS > 745 or stat leader)

     

    Catcher

    None

     

    Infielder

    Anthony
    Rizzo (22) AAA: 378/427/671 — 3 2B, 7 HR, 1 SB

    Adrian
    Cardenas (24) AAA: 324/373/541 — 7 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB

    Greg
    Rohan (26) High-A: 300/379/511 — 4 2B, 5 HR

    Luis
    Valbuena (26) AAA: 295/392/459 — 4 2B, 2 HR

    Rubi
    Silva (23) High-A: 319/380/444 — 5 2B, 2 3B

    Paul
    Hoilman (22) Low-A: 276/352/461 – 8 2B, 2 HR

    Zeke
    DeVoss (21) Low-A: 250/354/393 — 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 2 SB

    Wes
    Darvill (20) Low-A: 284/357/386 — 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB

     

    Outfielder

    Nelson
    Perez (24) High-A: 261/402/522 — 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 3 SB

    Oliver
    Zapata (19) Low A: 327/417/481 — 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 SB

    John
    Andreoli (22) High-A: 309/449/382 — 4 2B, 3 SB

    Michael
    Burgess (23) Double A: 257/321/443 — 4 2B, 3 HR

    James
    Adduci (27) AA: 296/333/423 — 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB

    Brett
    Jackson (23) AAA: 233/330/419 — 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 SB

    Matt
    Szczur (20) High-A: 233/349/311 — 5 2B, 1 3B, 12 SB

     

    PITCHERS

    Starters
    (ERA/WHIP K/BB) – min 4 starts

    PJ
    Francescon (23) Low-A: 2.00/0.67 26/4

    Michael
    Jensen (21) Low-A: 2.79/0.90 22/8

    Austin
    Kirk (22) High-A: 1.53/0.99 15/7

    Nicholas
    Struck (22) AA: 3.29/1.32 24/11

    Trey
    McNutt (22) AA: 0.61/1.09 13/7

    Brooks
    Raley (24) AA: 3.65/1.09 13/4

    Chris
    Rusin (25) AAA: 2.63/1.06 13/6

     

    Relievers
    (ERA/WHIP K/BB) – min 6 games/7 innings

    Andrew
    McKirahan (22) Low-A 0.00/0.69 9/1 — 2 SV

    Yao-Lin
    Wang (21) Low-A: 0.00/0.45 9/3

    Jeffrey
    Lorick (24) Low-A: 0.96/1.07 13/6 — 2 SV

    Kyler
    Burke (24) Low-A: 1.71/1.05 17/4 — 1 SV

    Tony
    Zych (21) High-A: 2.25/1.08 7/3 — 2 SV

    Brian
    Schlitter (27) High-A/AA: 1.80/1.20 9/2

    Joseph
    Zeller (24) High-A/AA: 2.08/1.15 12/6

    Scott
    Weismann (22) Low-A/AA: 2.19/0.97 8/2

    Casey
    Harman (23) High-A/AA: 1.35/0.90 11/3

    Ryan
    Searle (21) AA: 2.16/1.14 13/3

    Alberto
    Cabrera (23) AA: 2.31/0.94 13/4 — 1 SV

    Kevin
    Rhoderick (23) AA: 1.80/0.90 12/3 — 2 SV

    Blake
    Parker (27) AAA: 1.08/0.84 5/3 — 3 SV

    Jeff
    Beliveau (25) AAA: 3.09/1.29 9/5

    Frank
    Batista (23) AA/AAA: 0.00/0.92 11/2 — 5 SV