Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 03/24/13

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (15-15) vs. Indians (16-10)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV/MLB Network (delay) – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Chris Rusin (2-0, 2.50/0.89) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0, 4.91/1.58)

Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 8 Days

The Cubs make the trip to Goodyear this afternoon to face the Indians for the third and final time this spring. The Indians have taken advantage of the Cubs’ young pitching in the Cactus League. The Indians have outscored the Cubs 22-7 in their first two games with a majority of the damage, in both games, coming against Brooks Raley and Alberto Cabrera.

Chris Rusin tossed three scoreless frames against the Indians in his first Cactus League start and faces the Tribe once again this afternoon. Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney are expected to be in the starting lineup this afternoon.

On the day the Cubs’ All-Star shortstop, Starlin Castro, turns 23 years old, it all starts with Chris Rusin …

Chris Rusin has already been optioned down to Triple-A Iowa and will begin the season in the I-Cubs’ rotation. Rusin has shown a lot of improvement this spring, and was in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reliever. The Cubs are doing the right thing. Rusin is a starter at this point in his career. With the Cubs’ starting pitching depth evaporating this spring, it only makes sense to have Rusin in Iowa pitching every fifth day. Rusin is considered the Cubs’ sixth starter going into the season.

Rusin is coming off his first poor outing of the spring. The Rangers roughed up Rusin early before the lefty settled down and retired the last seven batters he faced. Rusin gave up four runs on seven hits, hit a batter and struck out four last Tuesday.

Chris Rusin makes his fourth Cactus League start this afternoon. In 18 innings over five appearances and three starts, Rusin has allowed five runs on 15 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Ubaldo Jimenez is slated to begin the season as the second starter in the Indians’ rotation. Jimenez has pitched better of late and is scheduled to log seven innings this afternoon. Jimenez makes his sixth appearance and fifth start in the Cactus League today. Jimenez has allowed 10 runs on 26 hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and Jerry Gil are also on the Indians’ pitching schedule for Sunday.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jason McLeod said today Arodys Vizcaino is throwing off a mound. McLeod did not mention a timeframe on Vizcaino pitching in games

    • SuzyS

      I don’t look for a lot out of Vizcaino this season…more of a set up year for next season. Hopefully he can get healthy and stay that way.
      After that, the Cubs can determine if he’s SP material or back of the bull pen. Hopefully he can make the rotation next season but if not…a lights out closer wouldn’t be too bad either.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jason McLeod also mentioned Alberto Cabrera likely to begin the season in the Tennessee Smokies rotation

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Lillibridge – CF
    Navarro – DH
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castro – SS
    Hairston – RF
    Castillo – C
    Barney – 2B
    Gonzalez – 3B

    Dave Sappelt was in the original lineup. Sappelt is listed as day-to-day with a bruised neck. Sappelt was hit by a ball sliding into third in yesterday’s ballgame

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dolis optioned to Iowa. Wade, Putnam and Takahashi still in bp mix.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker shut down for 4-6 weeks. Elbow strain. Won’t throw for at least a month

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent throw from Castillo to pick Swisher off first base

  • Ray Ray

    Over or under on innings pitched by Scott Baker for Cubs this year? 75?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Under

      • Ray Ray

        Yea. He would need to start at least 15 games to reach that number.

    • Tony_Hall

      Over. If he pitches a half a season (back by late June/early July) he will easily be over.

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  • Ray Ray

    Yuniesky Betencourt just got released. Seems like a fit for the Cubs.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He was linked to the Cubs in the off-season due to his connection with Sveum. The Cubs did not seem very interested then.

      • Ray Ray

        You are probably right. He is right handed with some pop. If they are strictly looking the waiver wires….there won’t be much else.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I would rather see Clevenger break with the team.

          • SuzyS

            Neil, I agree…from this point forward…I’d like to see the Cubs farm guys get a shot IF their numbers are deserving…and Clevinger is doing fine.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I agree … No sense in having a player with experience just to have a player with experience.

          • Ray Ray

            I saw that Betencourt supposedly already has 3 teams interested. I do think Betencourt gives the team more flexibility than Clevenger.

      • Ray Ray

        He did have a good spring. .447 avg

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another excellent outing from Rusin

    • Tony_Hall

      If he keeps pitching likes this in Iowa he will be in the rotation by May.

      • Ray Ray

        Probably replacing Feldman

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Agreed … with both you and Tony

        • Tony_Hall

          Teed it up for you, but it will be Villanueva.

          Hopefully they all pitch well and it is a tough decision to make down the road.

          • Ray Ray

            Yes you did. Lol. I hope Feldman does prove me wrong.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t like Feldman’s wind-up. His arms get too far away from his body. It is so hard for me to understand with the technology available, let alone the naked eye, that a guy could have mechanics like that at the major league level. With that said, I still expect him to put up decent enough numbers to hold the 5th spot, until traded.

          • Ray Ray

            You know that he used to throw sidearm. He changed to a 3/4 armslot. I was never a fan of his.

          • Tony_Hall

            No, I didn’t know that. I just don’t like when you look at a pitcher from straight behind, the wider the footprint of the arms, legs, etc. He gets his arms and legs so far away from his body, that he has to be losing velocity and control.

  • Scott

    With Wells going to the Yankees they have 2 roster spots open. Any Chance Cubs deal Soriano and Marmol to Angels for prospect(s)?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I don’t think Soriano would approve a trade to the Angels.

      • Scott

        Your right I forgot

  • Tony_Hall

    Navarro isn’t going to remind anyone of Rickey…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Just Dioner being Dioner

      • Tony_Hall

        He almost looked like he had stopped running and was trying to walk a little faster, but that was him actually running.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Indians 4-3 on Sunday afternoon
    in the Cactus League – Chris Rusin: 0R, 2H, 3BB, 3K in 5IP; Bowden: 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K in 1.2 IP; Rizzo: 1-3,
    2B, R; Soriano: 1-4, 2B, RBI; Clevenger: 1-1, 2B, RBI; Barney: 1-3, R

  • Ray Ray

    If Vernon Wells is worth 5 mil per year for 2 years, Soriano has got to be worth at least that.

    • Tony_Hall

      I was saying last off-season….3 years at $5M was the most we could get in return…then he switched to a lighter bat.

    • SuzyS

      Agreed, probably the Yanks went with Wells over Soriano because the Cubs value Soriano for his production and wanted a True prospect or two back.
      The Angels had no such illusions about Wells…strictly a financial move for them.

  • Tom U