Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Athletics – 02/28/13

Spring Training Game Six: Cubs (3-2) vs. Athletics (2-3)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Scott Feldman (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Brett Anderson (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs will shoot to get back on track this afternoon after a poor showing on Wednesday against the Dodgers. Wins and losses are meaningless in the spring, but the Cubs have played two bad games against the Dodgers while showing improvement from last year in their other three Cactus League games.

Starlin Castro is not expected to play this afternoon and could be held out for a couple of days. Castro’s status is technically listed as day-to-day, but there is no reason to rush him back. After today’s game, the Cubs will still have 33 games left on the exhibition schedule.

Brent Lillibridge was expected to make the start at first base this afternoon, but that could change with Castro’s injury. Castro was in the original lineup. Lillibridge has the inside track to begin the season on the Cubs’ active roster and has already started at second base, third base and shortstop in the first five Cactus League games.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action on once again this afternoon.

Today all begins with Scott Feldman …

Scott Feldman is looking to re-establish himself as a big league starter and signed pretty early in the off-season in order to guarantee himself a shot of doing so with the Cubs. Feldman has been getting his work in early during camp so he can prepare his body for day games at Wrigley when the season begins. Feldman has the stuff to be successful in the majors, he’s shown it. He must work on his consistency and stay healthy.

Scott Feldman is coming off a disappointing year with the Rangers. Feldman was 6-11 in 29 appearances, 21 starts, with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Feldman is looking to regain his 2009 form in which he posted a 17-8 record in 34 games, 31 starts, with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

The Cubs will face a very talented southpaw in Brett Anderson this afternoon. Anderson made just six starts last season for the A’s and posted a 4-2 record with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Anderson spent a majority of the year on the DL, and the former second round pick of the D-Backs is looking to stay healthy all season for the first time since 2009.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Hairston – CF
    McDonald – LF
    Soler – RF
    Navarro – C
    Baez – SS
    Lillibridge – 1B
    Lake – 3B

  • Neil

    Sveum said Starlin Castro will miss 2-3 days. Baez will get more playing time.

  • Neil

    From the Sun-Times: Sveum: Vitters ahead of Stewart w/ same quad strain; could put Stewart in time crunch to make roster. “Swings probably at least a week away”

    • Aaron

      It’s really unfortunate for both the Cubs and Stewart. I really appreciate Epstein’s candor, admitting a mistake with that trade, which is something the prior regime did NOT do…it was so refreshing to hear that.

      As you know, and many others on here saw, I disagreed with them about the move in the first place. It was a breath of fresh air to hear that from the new FO though.

      Stewart’s work ethic always has been, and will be questioned. I’m glad Vitters is showing some work ethic, being ahead of him with respect to his return.

      Again, to all the Stewart supporters out there, you need to do some research about him with the Rockies….it’s not very hard, and there’s a lot of information out there. Just Google “Ian Stewart work ethic”, and that search will yield countless articles about it.

      He actually seems like a cool guy to hang around, and interacted a lot with fans, especially on Twitter, asking them to play hours of Call of Duty at night, or meet him at Smashburger, etc. But those same requests have bitten him in the ass, especially when you consider his teammates were working hard at their craft, and getting a good night’s sleep before games the next day, whereas by many accounts, he’d be up til daylight hours playing video games.

      Fan-friendly? Sure. Responsible and hard-working? Maybe…if he were employed at Creative Arts, or some other video game company.

      His rash of preventable injuries, etc. calls into question his commitment to baseball. His wrist injury definitely calls that into question, especially since he supposedly knew about it well in advance of the trade, and yet for two straight offseasons, didn’t have surgery to correct the problem. And when he did, that decision was called into question by his own manager, who said he never even winced or seemed like anything was wrong with it, and alluded to the fact that it was an excuse for his poor start.

      Like I said, I’m sure he’s great to hang out with away from baseball, but hardly any of his teammates from Colorado liked him, and he doesn’t appear to have many friends on the Cubs roster either. I can tell you that most of that can be attributed to a player’s sense of entitlement. If they don’t appear to work hard, appear aloof (not staying with the team last year), etc., you’re not going to have many friends. I”m sure Garza would have loved to have spent some time with his family when he was out for the year, but he opted to cheer on his teammates.

      It just looks bad.

      I think the only reason Theo is keeping him around is because he’s holding out hope that Stewart can at least somewhat justify the trade that he already laments.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yeah, but…..

        the 3B market is so very, very slim right now, that even Ian “.199” Stewart will have a job even if the Cubs cut him.

        I think he makes the DL (or the team) no matter what.

      • Tony_Hall

        I don’t think anyone has questioned that his past was bad, as much as the 3B market is just very weak right now. I didn’t want Stewart last year, I wanted Headley, but not at the price the Padres were asking, so that is why we ended up with Stewart. But you are right, they are holding on to him now, just hoping he can turn it around. His cost to keep him is not much, and the other options are just not that great. But when you look at our options at 3B over the next few years, I don’t believe 3B will be a problem much longer.

  • Neil

    Soler just threw out Josh Reddick trying to go from 1st to 3rd on a single to right.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Bruce Levine reported today that Garza said he might begin the year on the DL.

    I expect that he will.

  • Neil

    Cubs topped the A’s 5-3 in Cactus League play on
    Thursday afternoon.

    Scott Feldman: 1R, 2H, 2BB, 2K in 2IP; Dave Sappelt:
    1-for-3,2B,RBI; Darnell McDonald: 2-for-3,2B,RBI; Junior Lake: 2-for-3,RBI