Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/10/13

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (5-10) vs. Padres (7-8)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Scott Feldman (0-1, 11.25/2.75) vs. Jason Marquis (0-0, 1.80/1.40)

It has been a long time since the Cubs won a baseball game. And while wins and losses in the spring are meaningless, it would not hurt Dale Sveum’s team to put a win on the board. The Cubs have dropped five straight and eight of the last nine exhibition games. The Cubs are dealing with a lot of injuries, which has impacted both the pitching staff and offense and exposed many of the young players and pitchers that are not ready for the big leagues.

The Cubs face the Padres this afternoon for the first time in the Cactus League. The two teams square off one more time this spring, March 18 in Peoria.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call today’s game on Cubs.com.

This afternoon all starts with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman makes his third start of the spring this afternoon. Feldman was solid in his first start but struggled the last time out against the Rockies. Feldman allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in two-plus innings. Feldman was reportedly working on his breaking ball, and could not throw it for strikes.

Feldman has allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four-plus innings in his two starts this spring. Feldman is slotted in as the Cubs’ third starter when the season begins. It would be nice to see him step up this afternoon and deliver a good outing.

Carlos Marmol is on the pitching schedule for Sunday afternoon.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out the following lineup:

  • DeJesus – CF
  • Barney – 2B
  • Schierholtz – RF
  • Soriano – LF
  • Navarro – C
  • Bogusevic – 1B
  • Lake – 3B
  • Gonzalez – SS
  • Feldman – P

A Cubs’ pitcher will hit for the third time this spring … Feldman twice and Carlos Villanueva.

Jason Marquis is off to a good start to the spring. Marquis has allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Marquis makes his third start in the Cactus League this afternoon after completing five innings of work in his first two starts.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Bogusevic – 1B
    Ch.Villanueva – 3B
    Gonzalez – SS
    Feldman – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Junior Lake was in the original lineup. Scratched with right shoulder soreness. No updates yet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ian Stewart may not be ready till next weekend now. Sveum said his time running out to make team. Taking BP at HoHoKam this afternoon.

    • Brp921

      Neil, there has been a lot of debate on the CCO, since Stewart was injured, about whether or not he would, or even should, make the team if he didn’t prove himself in spring training. I would be interested in hearing your opinion on this subject if you would care to give it. I know you prefer to give a neutral presentation of the “Cub news”, (which I, and I’m sure others, appreciate) but I would really like to hear your opinion on this subject.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Not ignoring you, sorry for the delay. Will post a response once I have the recap up.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Let me start by saying I was not a fan of the Stewart trade when it happened. I thought then, and still do, that they gave up a lot for a player with what appeared at the time, quite a bit of baggage.

        I think he should have to earn a spot. He has the talent to be a good third baseman in the big leagues. He has a solid glove and enough power to fill the position. His work ethic has been questioned again and I would not like to see them give up anything else for him unless he proves something on the field. Remember they DFA’d Beliveau to make room for him on the 40-man this winter. If he can show he is healthy, I am fine with the gamble at this point. But if he is not able to play, I think it is time to move on.

        • Brp921

          Thanks for your opinion Neil. I agree if he’s healthy we should hold on to him long enough to see what he can do this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza to be evaluated today to determine if he can restart throwing program in next day or two.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    David DeJesus won the Cubs second annual bunting tournament. DeJesus also won last year’s tourney.

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  • Ray Ray

    Jameson Taillon is impressive! 6’6, smooth delivery and the ball jumps out his hand at mid to high 90′s. With Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh has some nice young power arms down the road.

    • Tony_Hall

      And in a side note, Adam Jones was asked to do a sacrifice bunt and he did so successfully. Even though he has only 6 in his 7 year career and batted only 3rd or 4th all of last year, he was able to convert when asked to do so.

      When asked between innings, he stated it was the Orioles annual bunting tournament that they do in spring training that has prepared him to be able to convert. He also said he gladly bunted to help his team as it was the right call by the manager.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree Tony, and it would be nice if everyone would feel the same way as Jones. Unfortunatly with the sucess the Cubs have had in that direction says it all, they just don’t believe in it or are so bad at it that it just dosent happen.
        As I had mentioned earlier, its the fringe players that embrace that concept, and thats too bad, as I believe in the bunt and situational hitting.

  • Bryan

    Wow, thank goodness DeJesus won the bunting tournament, beating out the video assistant. Everything trekking upwards to this club now!

  • paulcatanese

    It seems the Cubs are changing their mind on Stewart and may put him on the DL instead of cutting him and saving the difference in the 2 million dollar offer made to him.
    I guess that would give Stewart additional time to make the team.
    While I could see that if Stewart had promise before the latest injury, IMO I don’t see the validity of this now.
    Unless I am really missing something here, aside from the fact I didn’t believe he should have been signed to begin with, he is now being given additional time.
    Don’t understand it period and wish I could be enlightend to the reason for this.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Their weren’t really many options at third this summer and asking Valbuena to play all year is not a good answer. At least with Stewart you have the potential to be a run producer, something you couldn’t say with any of the people available in free agency at the position. Also, with the FO getting burned on that trade, I imagine they want to give Stewart a chance to validate themselves for that trade.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs end 5-game losing streak and beat the Padres 9-3 on Sunday afternoon in the Cactus League.

    Cubs on Sunday: Feldman: 2R, 4H, 0BB, 3K, HBP in 3IP;
    Wood: 0R, 1H, 3BB, 6K in 4IP; Soriano: 1-3, 2B, 2RBI; Navarro: 2-3, HR, 2RBI; Soler: HR; Villanueva: 2R HR

  • Brp921

    Travis Wood is looking good this spring. I hope he can carry it over into this season. If he could have a good year it would really help the Cubs in their quest to turn things around this year.

  • Tony_Hall

    TEAM USA advances!! There have been some fun games to watch so far.