Spring Training Game Fifteen: Cubs (5-9) vs. Indians (10-5)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CST
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN
- Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Chris Rusin (1-0, 1.80/0.80) vs. Zach McAllister (0-1, 6.43/1.43)
Field conditions permitting, the Cubs will try to resume their Cactus League schedule this afternoon. The Cubs and Reds game was called after 1 1/2 innings on Friday night due to rain, but the weather in the Phoenix area on Friday could impact today’s games. The fields are not prepared to handle the amount of rain that fell on Friday, couple that with cooler temperatures and overcast skies, and it could mean another unproductive day for the Chicago Cubs.
Brooks Raley was scheduled to start today’s Cactus League contest but with rain taking out a majority of Friday’s game in Goodyear, the Cubs moved Chris Rusin to Saturday and he will make the start this afternoon. Brooks Raley will follow Rusin and make his third appearance of the spring. Alberto Cabrera is scheduled to follow Raley in the Cubs’ pitching rotation for Saturday. The Indians lit up the Raley-Cabrera combination five days ago … and it will be interesting to see if the young pitchers make any adjustments prior to their outings today.
The Cubs wrap up their spring schedule with Cleveland this afternoon and will not face the Tribe again until the 2014 Cactus League.
Len Kasper and Keith Moreland will call today’s action on 720 WGN.
This afternoon all begins with Brooks Raley …
Chris Rusin makes his first start of the spring today. Rusin has performed rather well in his two appearances in the Cactus League. Rusin has allowed one run on four hits over five innings without a walk and one strikeout.
Brooks Raley has struggled this spring. In two games, one start, Raley has allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in only 3 1/3 innings. Raley has not been able to throw strikes and simply does not have the stuff to pitch from behind in the count.
Raley is ticketed for Triple-A Iowa to start the season. While Chris Rusin has an outside shot of breaking camp in the bullpen, Raley should provide depth in the minors … that is if he can make the right adjustments.
Dale Sveum is expected to run out the following lineup this afternoon …
- DeJesus – CF
- Baez – SS
- Castillo – C
- Schierholtz – RF
- Hairston – DH
- Valbuena – 3B
- Chavez – LF
- Nelson – 1B
- Watkins – 2B
Zach McAllister is vying for one of the spots in the back half of the Indians rotation. McAllister is scheduled to throw four innings today in his fourth appearance, third start of the spring. McAllister has allowed five runs on eight hits over seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts. David Huff is also expected to throw this afternoon.
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