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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