Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 03/09/13

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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  • Neil

    According to Bruce Levine, there are teams
    interested in Carlos Marmol, but right now the Tigers is not one of them.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Baez – SS
    Castillo – C
    Schierholtz – RF
    Hairston – DH
    Valbuena – 3B
    Chavez – LF
    Nelson – 1B
    Watkins – 2B

    • triple

      I finally get to go to a game this afternoon… hopefully the field is good enough for them to play. That starting lineup is much less than desirable, but I’m glad I’ll get to see Baez play!

      • Neil

        Man, a little late. Hope you have/had a great time.

        • triple

          The result of the game was very poor, but had a great time… especially getting to see Baez hit about a 420 foot shot. Good sound of the bat, and the ball jumped. Funny thing was that I thought it looked like the trajectory of the ball would go too high to leave the yard, but then it just kept going up and out! Rusin did well, so that was nice to see. But the coolest moment was on one of the Tribe’s HR’s, the Cubs bullpen catcher was warming up Russell and he stayed in his squatted position and just nonchalantly caught the homer, tossed it aside, and was ready for the next warm-up pitch.

          • Neil

            That sound is special. Glad you had a good time. And, Andy Lane is pretty cool.

          • paulcatanese

            Sounds like you had a great time. That catch by the Cubs bullpen catcher sounds like the one last year of the guy standing in front of the concession stand eating something and casually turned around and caught a home run with his bare hand.

          • Tony_Hall

            Sounds like a great time. When Baez hits the ball it just sounds different.

  • Neil

    Javier Baez with his second HR of the spring, two-run shot just to the left of straight away CF in the bottom of the first inning.

    • Ray Ray

      Great experience for Baez! Castro being out for a little while is giving Baez some valuable playing time this ST.

      • Neil

        Could not agree more, from the interview last night, he seems to be learning a lot.

  • Neil

    Another poor outing for Raley

    • Ray Ray

      You would think that Raley could be the next casualty off the 40 man roster when a spot is needed.

      • Neil

        Agreed, he would probably pass through at this point. Just not a big league pitcher right now.

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  • Neil

    Cubs lost 9-2 to Indians on Saturday afternoon
    in the Cactus League. Cubs pitching: 9R, 12H, 6BB, 5K, 2HR

    DeJesus: 2-3,2 2B,R; Baez: 2-3,HR,2RBI; Rusin: 0R,3H,0BB,K,3IP; Raley: 3R,4H,BB,K,1.1IP; Cabrera: 5R,3H,3BB,0K,1.1IP