Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/27/13

Spring Training Game Thirty-Five: Cubs (16-17) vs. Royals (ss) (23-6-2)

  • Game Time – 8:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV/MLB Network (delay) None – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise

Scott Feldman (0-3, 10.34/1.98) vs. James Shields (2-1, 7.90/1.68)

Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 5 Days

After posting four straight wins in the Cactus League, the Cubs have dropped two in a row in ugly fashion. Dale Sveum’s team will shoot to get back on track tonight in Surprise against a split squad of the recently crowned Cactus League Champions.

The Royals have been the talk of the Cactus League this spring. The Royals have a very talented, young team primed to make a run in the AL Central, but this is just Spring Training and the real test for Kansas City begins on Monday. The other half of the Royals roster faces the Brewers in Maryvale on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cubs were one of the few teams to beat Kansas City this spring. A Cubs split squad team led by Alfonso Soriano and Javier Baez bashed the Royals back on March 16 at HoHoKam Park.

David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney are expected in the starting lineup. Tonight is the Cubs’ final road game in the Cactus League this spring.

Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland will call tonight’s action on 720 WGN … and the game can be seen on MLB.TV.

Tonight all begins with Scott Feldman

The Cubs need to see a good outing out of Scott Feldman tonight. The veteran right-hander has been lit up in his last two starts. Feldman has struggled with location and putting batters away once he is ahead in the count. While Feldman says he is okay, tonight would be a good time to see him put together a solid outing from start to finish.

Feldman gave up four runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts over five innings to the Dodgers with three of the runs coming on a long home run. So far this spring, Feldman has allowed 18 runs on 26 hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts in five Cactus League starts (15 2/3 innings).

James Shields makes his final start of the spring tonight. Shields will take the ball on Opening Day for the Royals. Shields has had a rough spring, his first in Arizona. Shields has allowed 13 runs, 12 earned, on 20 hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts over five appearances, four starts (13 2/3 innings).

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  • Neil

    Cory Wade has been informed he will not make the Opening Day roster

  • Neil

    Starlin Castro was in tonight’s lineup. Castro left camp to meet his girlfriend who’s giving birth to their child. Castro plans on catching up with the team in Houston.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Congrats to the new Castro family!!!

      Thats my 2 cents!

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Clevenger – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – DH
    Hairston – RF
    Navarro – C
    Lillibridge – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Sappelt – LF

  • Neil

    Feldman settled down after giving up a pair of runs on three hits to start the game.

  • Neil

    Its BP for the Royals, everything from Feldman is up.

  • GaryLeeT

    I am watching the game on Directv, and If the Cubs try to run Feldman out there as a starter, he will be the worst in the last 2 years. Without exception.

    • GaryLeeT

      I never comment to get up or down votes, but what ass gave me a down vote for saying how bad Scott Feldman is without telling me why they disagreed? I wish Disqus had a way to reveal the anonymous cowards who do that.

      • GaryLeeT

        And so unpredictably do it again. Come over here, and let me pet you, my little Pavlov’s dog.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I wouldn’t get upset because someone doesn’t like the Truth.

          Just let them enjoy Chris Volstad’s replacement. And let them pay the $98 per ticket fee average to watch the New Chris Volstad.

          Me? I’m saving my money for to watch someone else.

          • GaryLeeT

            It’s more about the frustration of how bad Feldman is, and the reality of this season.

          • Ripsnorter1

            The reality is that it’s Jed and Theo’s encore. Two 100 loss seasons in a row.

          • Theboardrider

            It absolutely is a possibility. But so is being the next Braves and making the playoffs 10 years in a row starting in 2015. Who cares is they lose 80 or 105? Neither will get us to the playoffs? I’ll accept being terrible over mediocrity because of the long term plan.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yeah…if it works. Royals have been doing this how long? Pirates? What is it now….21 years in a row with a losing record? These teams are building from the minors up.

      • Neil

        Sorry, I wish I could control that.

        I receive down arrows for just reporting the news and posting lineups.

        • GaryLeeT

          Thanks for the consolation. It really did make me feel better.

        • Vivid_Reality

          I’m sorry Neil but this comment makes me laugh a lot. I just imagine you there like sorry for inconveniencing you with my reporting.

      • Ray Ray

        The only positive to say about Feldman is thank god he is only signed for 1 year! Here is the question….who will be trade assets at the all star break like Maholm and Dempster were? Baker? No chance. Feldman? No value. Garza? Yes but not as much value as last year. Marmol? Maybe if he pitches well. They won’t have many trade chips with real value.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Feldman: as much as Chris Volstad was worth.

          Garza: none. Who wants an injured pitcher with ELBOW problems that are just begging to go to his shoulder?

          Baker: none. He won’t have 3 starts under his belt by the trade deadline.

          Marmol–a complete question mark. Very doubtful that they can get anything for him right now. NOTHING.

  • John G

    McCarver retiring after the season. Thank you Lord!
    Can he take Buck with him?

    • Theboardrider

      I disagree in Buck. He’s a great broadcaster and a class act.

      • triple

        I really honestly feel like Joe Buck has gone down hill over the last 4 or 5 years… don’t really enjoy listening to him anymore. And yes McCarver couldn’t be more of an ass. And Joe Buck doing NFL games on Fox is a complete joke. He actually makes Troy Aikman appear to be a better announcer (analyst).

        • Theboardrider

          Ia have to disagree again. Aikman gives analysis as good as anyone not named Gruden. He’s knowledgable, smart and has good timing. Buck and Troy are far and away the best tandem on Fox or CBS.

  • Neil

    Cubs and Royals (ss) played to a 9-9 tie in 10 innings on Wednesday night in the Cactus League – Scott Feldman: 7R, 12H (4HR), 1BB, 4K, WP in 4.1 IP, 88 pitches, 56 for strikes

    Navarro: 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, R; DeJesus: 1-4, 3B, 2RBI,
    SF, 14-game hit streak; Soriano; 1-4, RBI, R; Barney: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Schierholtz: 2-2, 3B, RBI, 2R, SB

    Anthony Rizzo was ejected from Wednesday night’s
    game in the ninth inning for slamming his helmet