Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/25/13

Spring Training Game Thirty-Three: Cubs (16-15) vs. Giants (11-13)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet/MLB Network (delay) – Radio:
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Travis Wood (3-0, 3.00/0.92) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 1.93/0.93)

Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 7 Days

The Cubs open the 2013 season one week from today in Pittsburgh. While the Cubs still have four games in Arizona, a trip to Houston and two roster spots to fill, games that actually count are just around the corner.

This will also be a sentimental week for the Cubs and the Faithful as the team plays their last spring home game at HoHoKam Park on Thursday afternoon against the Mariners. The Cubs open their new Spring Training facility in November and the Oakland Athletics move into Fitch Park and HoHoKam Stadium in 2015. While the Cubs will play at HoHoKam again, it will not be the same park as the City of Mesa has approved $20 million in upgrades to the facilities.

The Cubs and Giants square off for the third and final time in the Cactus League this afternoon. Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs beat San Francisco in the home opener at HoHoKam back on February 24 then came up short in Scottsdale on March 2. The Cubs will see the defending World Series Champions during their first homestand. The Giants play four at Wrigley in early April (April 11 – April 14).

This afternoon’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the call while Mick Gillispie has the play-by-play on

Today all begins with Travis Wood …

Travis Wood has been very good in his Cactus League starts this spring. Wood reportedly struggled with Team Japan and had a decent outing in a minor league game last week. Wood has not pitched in a Cactus League since March 10 when he helped snap the Cubs’ five-game spring losing streak.

Travis Wood tossed four innings of shutout ball while allowing only one hit to the Padres. Wood struck out six and issued three free passes. Wood has allowed four runs on seven hits in 12 innings in the Cactus League this spring with four walks and 11 strikeouts. Wood is scheduled to start the third game of the season against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Ryan Vogelsong makes his fifth start in the Cactus League this afternoon. Vogelsong spent time with Team USA in the WBC but has still managed to get his work in for the Giants. Vogelsong has allowed just three runs on 10 hits in four Cactus League starts. In 14 innings, Vogelsong has struck out a batter an inning (14) while issuing only three free passes.

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  • Tony_Hall

    The roster is almost done with Clevenger looking like the last position player to make the team. Since his best outlook is as a back-up catcher, if he can show that he can play multiple positions (drafted as a SS) and be a decent enough bat, he could have a much longer career as a super utility guy who can catch, versus just a back-up catcher.

    • 07GreyDigger

      He can play the corners and catch. Did I hear that they tried him at 2B as well?

      • Tony_Hall

        I put in my post that he was drafted a SS, so yes he has been tried at 2B as well.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Bruce Levine “guaranteed” today (3/25/13) that Steve Clevenger would not be on the opening day roster as a reserve INF.

      That’s right: he guaranteed it.

      • Tony_Hall

        LOL – I’m not saying he is wrong, as if a LH utility infielder who will be better comes along they may do it, but to clear a roster spot for a utility guy that is only marginally better doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Lillibridge – SS
    Clevenger – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Gonzalez – 2B
    Wood – P

  • paul john catanese

    The weather that was shown on tv this am had a lot of snow in Pittsburgh, at any rate it should be a cold opener.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Not necessarily. I saw weather here for 50’s over the weekend. 50’s isn’t warm, but warmer than were used to!

      • RMercer69

        The forecast right now for next Monday in Pittsburgh is calling for a 50% chance of rain and snow showers.

  • Tony_Hall

    Just heard Len say the Cubs are 2nd in ST with 44 HR’s.

    Only Seattle has more at 55.


    • Neil

      He’s right

      • Tony_Hall

        Doesn’t that surprise you?

        • Neil

          Sorry, I’ve been tracking and have mentioned in a few recaps. I don’t have my notes in front of me, but I think they hit at least one home run in like 15 straight.

          • Tony_Hall

            I can’t say that it registered with me, but until the last week, haven’t paid all that much attention to the games.

            But if you read enough of the comments on here, I think many think they wouldn’t hit 44 by the All-Star break.

          • Ray Ray

            Baez has 4 of those and Villanueva 3. The starters are who you should look at. DeJesus 1 Castro 1 Rizzo 0 Sori 4 Schierholtz 2 Castillo 2 Barney 2. They will not be 2nd in baseball during the regular season.

          • Tony_Hall

            Never said they would be.

            Just like I am sure you aren’t saying Rizzo will hit 0

          • Ray Ray

            Just saying team spring stats aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

          • Tony_Hall

            Completely agree

          • Aaron

            don’t pretend you didn’t Tony. You were inferring that those who think the Cubs don’t have enough power aren’t well informed. But Ray called you out on it, and now you’re trying to be like a politician, back-tracking

          • Tony_Hall

            No not really. I know this team isn’t a powerhouse, if you read my post above you will say I say I was shocked by the stat.

  • Neil

    Wood walked Vogelsong

    • Tony_Hall

      It’s like deja vu all over again….

      • Neil

        Yes it was

      • Neil

        From Captain Obvious … Wood is not good today.

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  • Neil

    Defense not helping Wood today

  • Tony_Hall

    Lillibridge is not much of a SS. Good thing Castro plays all the time.

  • Tony_Hall

    Have I mentioned that Lillibridge is not a SS

  • Tony_Hall

    Takahashi pulls out way ahead. Set the roster.

    Putnam and Wade have been telling us they shouldn’t be the 7th bullpen guy their last few outings.

  • Tony_Hall

    Rondon looks like he will able to be a regular member of the bullpen, versus Castillo who only was allowed in to games with a spread of 10 in either direction.

    At this point, as long as they don’t get overworked, I think the bullpen will be good for us. Of course this is counting on Marmol of the 2nd half of last year and Fujikawa being as good a he looks so far.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 9-3 to Giants on Monday in the Cactus League – Travis Wood: 4R, 7H, 4BB, 1K, 2WP in 4IP; Cubs pitching: 9R, 7ER, 14H, 5BB, 8K, 2WP; Wade: 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 2K, 2IP; Camp: K’d Side in 8th;
    Navarro: 2-3, HR, 2RBI; DeJesus: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Schierholtz: 1-4, 2B, R

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yuniesky Betancourt just got cut. He can play 3B, SS and 2B. And he hits with some power. Cut Valbuena.

  • Tony_Hall

    Yuniesky Betancourt
    Last year – 228/256/400

    For his career if he played 162 games he would hit 11 HR’s….I know we always think other players are better, but not sure this is one of them.

    His Highest OBP is 310 in 2006 in his 2nd season. Over the last 4 season, his highest OBP is 288.

    No thanks as bad as Valbuena’s average was last year (219 only 9 pts lower than Betancourt), his OBP was 310.

    Also over 162 games, Valbuena would hit 9 HR’s – only 2 less than Betancourt.