Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 03/04/13

Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (5-5) vs. Indians (6-5)

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

Alberto Cabrera (0-0, 6.75/1.50) vs. Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 27.00/5.00)

After dropping three of four spring games in three days, the Cubs will get back to work this afternoon against the Cleveland Indians. Dale Sveum’s team has two more Cactus League match-ups with the Indians this spring, March 9 at HoHoKam Park, and March 24 in Goodyear.

Alberto Cabrera makes his second appearance of the spring, first start today. Cabrera had mixed results in his first game against the Dodgers. Cabrera was very good for the first two innings before he ran out of gas. The Cubs view Cabrera as a starter moving forward, and he is ticketed for Iowa’s rotation to begin the season.

Sirius/XM Radio is in Cubs’ camp today. Casey Stern and Jim Bowden will discuss the Cubs during Inside Pitch from 1:00pm CST to 5:00pm CST.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action once again on Cubs.com.

This afternoon all begins with Alberto Cabrera

After multiple reports indicated that Alberto Cabrera struggled in the Intrasquad games at HoHoKam Park prior to the beginning of the Cactus League schedule, his performance out of the Cubs’ pen last Wednesday came as a bit of a surprise. Cabrera has a big arm, and an even bigger upside, but like too many of the Cubs’ young pitchers, he has problems throwing strikes. Cabrera made 25 appearances out of the Cubs’ pen a year ago and was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP … in 21 2/3 innings, Cabrera issued 18 walks, struck out 27 batters and allowed 16 hits.

Cabrera was very good over the first two innings last Wednesday before the Dodgers strung together hits and put runs on the board. Cabrera ended up going 2 2/3 innings in his first spring game, and was charged with two runs on four hits with three strikeouts … but more importantly, no walks.

Alberto Cabrera could increase his stock with Dale Sveum and front office if he can pitch the way he did against the Dodgers this afternoon.

Brad Nelson gets the start at first base this afternoon with Anthony Rizzo leaving the team to participate in the WBC. Jorge Soler will serve as the team’s DH while Steve Clevenger will start behind the plate.

The Cubs face Carlos Carrasco today, well at least for the first two innings. Carrasco is battling for a spot in the Indians rotation, and is coming off a bad first outing of the spring. Carrasco allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning. Carrasco posted an 8-9 record in 21 starts for the Indians in 2011 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP … he missed last season.

Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer are expected to follow Carrasco in the Indians’ pitching rotation this afternoon … all three pitchers are vying for the fifth spot in Cleveland’s rotation.

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Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax