Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/05/13

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (5-6) vs. Rockies (5-5-1)

  • Game Time – 2:10pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Scott Feldman (0-0, 4.50/2.00) vs. Jeff Francis (0-0, 0.00/1.00)

The Cubs will shoot to get back in the spring win column this afternoon in Scottsdale. The Cubs beat the Rockies in the fourth game of Cactus League play and will square off against Colorado one more time this spring (March 13 in Mesa). The Cubs’ young pitching has been exposed of late and it would be nice to see Scott Feldman and company throw strikes this afternoon.

With veteran southpaw Jeff Francis taking the ball for the Rockies, it will be interesting to see how many right handed bats are in Dale Sveum’s lineup. The Cubs have talked about Welington Castillo getting reps at first base, along with Dioner Navarro, plus Brent Lillibridge has not been used in a game in a few days.

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

This afternoon all begins with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman makes his second start of the spring this afternoon after a solid first outing against the A’s last Thursday. Feldman allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks in two innings of work. Jorge Soler helped keep Feldman’s line respectable when he threw a laser to third to cut down Josh Reddick to end the first inning.

With Matt Garza out of the mix at the beginning of the season, Scott Feldman will be moved up a spot from fourth to third in the Cubs’ rotation. Feldman needs to throw more strikes this afternoon than in his first outing.

Feldman has the stuff to return to his 2009-form, he just needs to work on his consistency over the next three-plus weeks while the games do not count.

Veteran lefty Jeff Francis is trying to pitch his way onto the Rockies’ rotation. Francis has thrown the ball well in his first two spring appearances. Francis has not allowed a run and surrendered five hits in two outings (one strikeout, no walks). Francis makes his third appearance, season start, today.

Jeff Francis was 6-7 in 24 starts a year ago in his return to Colorado with a 5.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C
    Hairston – RF
    Lake – 3B
    Bogusevic – 1B
    Maysonet – SS
    Szczur – LF
    Feldman – P

  • Vivid_Reality

    Tigers are now looking to trade for a closer. I think everyone might drool over the proposition of getting Castellanos but I don’t think that is the smart play. We have 3b options in the minors, not great but they’re there. I honestly think Vitters figures something out and provides adequate production until something better arrives. We should target Drew Smyly in any Marmol trade. He likely requires Marmol+ but given the dearth of pitching in our system, its a no-brainer. Smyly would go to AAA to provide depth or wait in the wings in the pen. Ideally I would want him to push Wood / Feldman / Villanueva back to the pen but that seems unlikely.

    • daverj

      I’d love to pick up Smyly, but the Tigers aren’t shopping him. He certainly won’t be dealt in a deal for Marmol. As a contender the Tigers are looking for prospects in exchange for a piece of their rotation … and even if they were, I don’t think the Cubs should part with their few top prospects for Smyly.

      Frankly, I don’t think the Tigers are even interested in Marmol.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Sveum calls Brian Bogusevic the “the Joe Mather of camp so far” and he appears to have lead in winning spot on bench

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t believe it. Do you?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Sorry for the delay in responding, had to post the Marmol rumor.

        If Stewart is with the team, I do not see it. Too many lefties.

        • Tony_Hall

          Do you think they are looking at using Stewart’s spot on Bogusevic, McDonald, Clevenger in stead? Then go with Valbuena and Lillibridge at 3B until Lake or Vitters shows they are ready.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Castillo – C
    Schierholtz – RF
    Lake – 3B
    Bogusevic – 1B
    Maysonet – SS
    Szczur – LF
    Feldman – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Scott Feldman with the Cubs’ first hit of the afternoon

  • calicub

    Neil,

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    I am currently at odds with a Trade Rumor website for censoring a comment I posted similar to one I posted a few months ago here outlining the need for the MLB to address the disparity between the conduct of PED users and users of Banned Drug under the MLB Drug Policy, yet having equivalent punishments.

    Although my comment on the CCO did not spark discussion, they had done so there. Yet almost immediately my comment was deleted. Upon further inquiry I was given no explanation and subsequent responses of mine to the discussion were censored despite violating no posted policy. I find it highly disgraceful to be censored for no obvious reason other than because an administrator did not agree with my opinion.

    I’m sorry to vent here, but I feel it is necessary to express my gratitude. Again, I’d like to stress how grateful I am to be part of a website with the Integrity to honor and respect the various opinions of its posters, even if they may be adverse.

    Thank You Once Again,

    Calicub

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sorry for not responding yesterday, thank you very much.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Maysonet with an inside the park home run

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-3 to Rockies in the Cactus League on Tuesday. Edwin Maysonet (1-for-3) with an inside the park HR in the 5th.

    Feldman: 4R,6H,BB,K,2IP; T.Wood: 1R,3H,0BB,2K,4IP; Barney: 1-for-3,R; Lake: 1-for-3,RBI; Nelson: 1-for-1,HR