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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barret Loux was re-assigned to minor league camp earlier today. That is the only roster move so far this afternoon.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Stewart to play in Minor League game at Fitch Park today, first game since 2/21 when injured left quad. Josh Vitters to start in one of Friday’s games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Barney – 2B
    Lillibridge – 3B
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Sappelt – CF
    Valbuena – SS
    McDonald – LF
    Nelson – 1B
    Rusin – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs announced Thursday morning the rotation for the first week of the regular season: Samardzija, Jackson, Wood, Feldman, Villanueva. Jackson will start home opener at Wrigley Field.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo with a two-run triple

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good inning for Rusin after issuing the leadoff walk

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rusin with another excellent inning … 1-2-3 in the second inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vitters is in the game at third base

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Rusin done after five innings … 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 1 bb

  • Tony_Hall

    This came up recently and I saw this on the Rangers website.

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130313&content_id=42699482&vkey=news_tex&c_id=tex

    Have you heard the full story on the Barret Loux and Jacob Brigham swap? Brigham just got reassigned and has an opt-out date, so it’s likely he never throws a meaningful pitch for the Rangers. It seems like we let the Cubs take advantage of this deal.
    – Jeff S., Fort Worth, Texas

    The Rangers made the deal with the Cubs for catcher Geovany Soto on the night of July 30. The two teams had talked about both Loux and Brigham. The Cubs agreed to the deal for Brigham but still wanted to review his medical records. While they were doing so, news of the trade leaked out from Chicago. At the same time, the Cubs started expressing reluctance to acquire Brigham because they had concerns about his physical conditioning. By then, Yorvit Torrealba had been told what the situation was and Soto was coming to Texas to replace him.

    The Rangers, backed into a bad spot, convinced the Cubs to do the deal with the provision that if Brigham wasn’t healthy, the Cubs could take Loux instead after the season, plus a player to be named later. That proved to be the case. Brigham came down with an elbow problem, the Cubs asked to redo the deal and the Rangers still owe them one more player.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks for posting Tony. Hopefully it will be read. My notes showed that the Cubs were still owed a player on this deal … and this confirms.

      Thanks again.

  • cc002600

    There is a pretty interesting article on ESPN chicago by Rick Reilly. The net of it is that he estimates the cubs miss out on about $73M / year in lost revenue by playing in Wrigley due to all the restrictions placed on them by the city. I can’t disagree with anything he said.

    I know he never do it, but TR should threaten to move to Suburbs. That would get the attention of all the neighborhood bloodsuckers.

    • Tony_Hall

      Here is the link to the story.

      http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9047502/wrigley-ivy-choking-life-field

      I took the story as telling the city to get out of their way and let them spend their money fixing up the park that allows the community, local businesses, and the city lots and lots of money.

      Here is the breakdown of his thoughts.

      $8M because any fair deal would pay them half of

      the rooftops revenues.

      $30M ad revenue that is currently restricted that they are trying to get changed

      $17M from the amusement tax that is charged on their tickets.

      $5M from a better TV deal if they could have more night games.

      $7M from a video board that could have ads on it.

      $5M naming rights to Wrigley

      $1M from lost concessions because of how long it takes to get through the lines.

      Some of these are going to change, if they are allowed to make the renovations that they are willing to pay for themselves. About the only thing that they can’t get is the amusement tax and increasing the rooftops deal until it runs outs. The rest is all either part of the renovation or could be if they choose to do it.

      • Rational Logic

        yeah, it’s an awesome article – echoes a lot of what people on CCO have championed.

        The moving-to-the-burbs thing would probably never happened because nobody wants to be the owner or politician who approved the decimation of local business. Rooftops? Game. But I would feel bad for all the bars and restaurants. I’m still happy the plan is to reinvest money in current Wrigley.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I’m not sure the logic in the part of the article, restaurants don’t want night games because they’ll lose dinner business. Have you ever been down that way offseason? You can’t find a place to park anywhere and its always mobbed. The logic to pin down the team is so ridiculous.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Dodgers 8-1 in Cactus League play on
    Thursday

    Chris Rusin: 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K in 5IP
    Cubs pitching: 1R, 4H, 4BB, 4K, HBP

    Castillo: 1-2, 3B, 2RBI, HBP, 2R
    Lillibridge: 2-3, 2B, 2R
    Valbuena: 1-2, RBI
    McDonald: 2-3, RBI
    B.Jackson: 1-2, R, 2 SB;
    Bogusevic: 1-2, 2B, 2RBI