Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 03/14/13

Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (7-11) vs. Dodgers (6-8-4)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.tv – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Chris Rusin (1-0, 1.13/0.88) vs. Chris Capuano (0-0, 10.80/1.60)

The Cubs make the first of back-to-back trips to Glendale this afternoon to take on the Dodgers for the third time this spring. Half of the Cubs roster will make a return trip to Camelback Ranch on Friday to face the White Sox while the other half of the team will host Team Japan at HoHoKam Park.

The Cubs have played their worst ball of the spring against the Dodgers and will look to bounce back from Wednesday’s shutout. Cubs’ pitching has really struggled against the Dodgers and have given away two spring games.

Dale Sveum’s team has one more game with the Dodgers in the Cactus League on March 21. The two teams will play in Tucson with the proceeds going to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation.

Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters are expected to their spring debuts this afternoon.

The Cubs surpass the halfway point of their Cactus League schedule after today’s game.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action on Cubs.com … and the Dodgers will broadcast the game on MLB.tv.

This afternoon all starts with Chris Rusin …

Chris Rusin has shown a lot of improvement this spring. Rusin has thrown strikes and opened the eyes of the coaching staff. Rusin has a legitimate shot of making the team out of camp as the second lefty in the pen. Rusin profiles as a starter but has been effective against lefties.

Rusin is coming off an excellent outing against the Indians. Last Friday’s rain-shortened game pushed Rusin back a day and he made the start against Cleveland. Rusin tossed three innings of shutout ball while facing just one over the minimum. Rusin did not walk a batter and struck out Nick Swisher in his only Cactus League start. Rusin has allowed one run on seven hits over three appearances (eight innings) this spring. Rusin has not walked a batter and has struck out two.

The Cubs face an old foe today in Chris Capuano. Capuano has pretty much owned the Cubs during his career (9-3 in 15 games, 13 starts, with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP) and will face the Cubs for the second time this spring. The Cubs beat up on Capuano in their first meeting back on February 25. Capuano is battling for a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation and has allowed seven runs, six earned, on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings (two games, one start). Capuano has served up four home runs this spring … and the Cubs hit two of them, one by Darnell McDonald and Welington Castillo hit the other one.

The Dodgers lineup is expected to include Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz, A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis.

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