Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/03/13

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Angels (1-6)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV/MLB Network (delayed) – Radio: Angels.com
  • Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

Nick Struck (0-0, 4.50/1.00) vs. Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–/-.–)

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Brewers (3-6)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00/1.00) vs. Marco Estrada (0-0, 0.00/0.33)

The Cubs have two chances to get back in the spring win column today after dropping their last two games in the Cactus League. Dale Sveum continues to receive solid performances from the players that are expected to break camp on the roster. The young pitching in camp has struggled throwing strikes, and all of the free baserunners have cost the Cubs over the last two games.

Today is the first of five split squad days for the Cubs this spring … the other four are March 15, March 16, March 17 and March 21.

The Cubs beat an Angels split squad in the spring opener 11-2 in Tempe, and will face the Halos one more time this spring, March 23 at HoHoKam Park.

The NL Central Division rivals square off for the first time this spring. The Cubs will take on the Brewers two more times in the Cactus League before facing Milwaukee for the first series of the season at Wrigley Field (April 8-April 10).

Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Stephen Bruno are expected to be with one of the teams this afternoon, up for the day from minor league camp.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action from HoHoKam Park and the game between the Cubs and Angels will be shown on the MLB Network on a tape delay.

This afternoon one game begins with Nick Struck … and the other one with Edwin Jackson.

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Angels (1-6)

Nick Struck makes his second appearance of the spring, and first start this afternoon. Struck closed out Tuesday’s victory over the Rockies after allowing one run on two hits over two innings. Struck was shaky in his first inning of work but settled down and picked up a spring save.

Joe Blanton makes his Angels’ debut this afternoon. Blanton signed with the Halos in the off-season after finished last season with the Dodgers. Blanton was 10-13 last season with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Brewers (3-6)

Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the second time this spring today. Jackson was very good in his first appearance with the Cubs last Tuesday. Jackson gave up a pair of hits in the first inning, but Jackson hit his spots for the most part. Jackson threw 30 pitches over two innings, 22 for strikes, and five of the six outs he recorded were on the ground.

Jackson should be stretched out to three innings today in his second start of the spring.

Anthony Rizzo will play in his final game for the Cubs this afternoon before joining up with Team Italy on Monday for the WBC.

Cubs lineup against the Brewers:

  1. Valbuena – 3B
  2. Barney – 2B
  3. Rizzo – 1B
  4. Soriano – DH
  5. Schierholtz – RF
  6. Castillo – C
  7. Hairston – CF
  8. Jackson – LF
  9. Baez – SS

Yovani Gallardo was scheduled to start this afternoon’s game, but was scratched with a groin strain. The Brewers are dealing with a lot of injuries to their big players. Aramis Ramirez left Saturday’s game with a left knee strain, and Ryan Braun is sidelined with a bruised left knee.

Marco Estrada makes his first start of the spring, and second appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. Estrada completed three innings in his first outing and seemingly picked up where he left off last season. Estrada allowed one hit, no runs while striking out four and issuing no walks.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dan Vogelbach is expected to be with the team in Mesa. Albert Almora reportedly made the trip to Tempe.

    • paulcatanese

      Interesting, any posibility that he (Voglebach), or Almora for that matter, see any action? Since Rizzo is not around, should be time available.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Almora is in the game, playing center, in Tempe. With all of the split squad games coming up, I think these players will see plenty of time in big league games.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lineup against the Angels:

    DeJesus – CF
    Sappelt – RF
    Bogusevic – DH
    Nelson – 1B
    Navarro – C
    Ch. Villanueva – 3B
    Chavez – LF
    Maysonet – 2B
    Gonzalez – SS

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lineup against the Brewers:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – DH
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Hairston – CF
    B.Jackson – LF
    Baez – SS

    • paulcatanese

      With Castro out for a few days, that works in favor of Baez to get him a few more games at the big league level. Valuable experience for him. Something gained at this time of year.

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

        Agreed. After your article Paul, my nature is to chime in on anything you post and agree with it. You’re a hell of a gentleman…

        • paulcatanese

          Thank you, thats a great compliment.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs announced on Sunday morning that Matt Garza will begin the year on the DL and named Jeff Samardzija the Opening Day starter.

  • paulcatanese

    Is Clevenger just an experiment working out at second base? Wow, working at first, now second and of course catching. Can’t say he isn’t pulling all stops out to make the roster. If he ever re-captures the swing he had earlier last year before his injury, he could be a valuable asset.
    It slips my mind, but has he ever tried 3b?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Paul, he played an inning at third last season and is expected to play there this spring, along with 1B, 2B and the corner outfield spots.

    • Tom U

      Paul, Clevenger was drafted as an infielder and didn’t seriously begin making the transition to catcher until his second pro season (2008). The fact that he isn’t a “natural” catcher (whatever that is) has in some cases been held against him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Tom, thanks for picking me up on my comment. I should have mentioned Clevenger being an infielder prior to putting on the catcher’s gear.

        • Tom U

          Teamwork!

  • DWalker

    My MLBN on Dish says the game will air 8:30 tomorrow morning

    • paulcatanese

      West Coast says 7:30 AM, so its about right, either time.

  • Ray Ray

    This talk that Matt Garza is suddenly not durable and/or injury prone is ridiculous. He had a stress reaction and was shut down last year. He mildly strained his lat due to the fact of inactivity. This is minor and is not something that should be recurring. Look at his history. 2008 30 starts 184 IP 2009 32 starts 203 IP 2010 33 starts 204 IP and 2011 31 starts and 198 IP. He has been a workhorse and I bet he will be right around 200 IP again this year.

    • Tony_Hall

      I actually agree with you on this but why didn’t you give last years numbers….because it didn’t support your opinion.

      2012 – 18 starts – 103.2 IP

      Starting this year on the DL.

      He is starting to look injury prone, but that label will go away if he comes back by May 1st and makes all of his starts the rest of the year.

      If he misses another start after coming back, then he will be labeled correctly to be injury prone.

      • Ray Ray

        We all know he was shut down last year. It isn’t because it didn’t support my opinion. If they were in a playoff race would those number of starts and innings pitched looked different? He has never had arm surgery and this was first time he hasn’t been over 180 IP in several years. That is my point!

        • Tony_Hall

          He was shut down because he couldn’t pitch anymore. Would he have come back late in the year if they were still in…maybe, but since he didn’t throw until mid-winter I really doubt he would have pitched again last year, regardless of the scenarios.

    • cubs1967

      he’s been on the cubs 3 yrs; been on the DL 3 yrs.
      think that proves injury prone.

      • Ray Ray

        Was Roy Halladay injury prone at 28? How about Adam Wainwright? How many pitchers never see a DL stint or miss starts? It happens to almost every power pitcher. The only freak(and I mean that in a good way) was Nolan Ryan.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a long homer off Blanton in the first inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jackson struggling in the first. Just walked in a batter. Jackson has walked two and hit another in the opening inning. Pitch count is mounting.

  • Ray Ray

    This is who Edwin Jackson is. Looks great for some starts and brutal on others. Get used to this. He has a career 1.4 Whip for a reason.

    • Tony_Hall

      He is a 3/4 pitcher who would make a great #5. Let’s hope that over the next few years he gets pushed back to the 4 or 5 spot.

      • Ray Ray

        Agreed.

        • Tony_Hall

          Common ground!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with another double … 3-for-3 with a home run and two doubles in Tempe

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) beat the Angels in Tempe 4-2 on
    Sunday afternoon in the Cactus League

    Cubs in Tempe: Bogusevic: 3-for-3, HR, 2 2B, 2R;
    Navarro: 1-for-3, RBI; Marmol: 1R ,2H, HBP ,K, 1IP; Rusin: 1R, 2H, 0BB, K, 3IP; Struck: 0R, 2H, 0BB, K, 3IP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) lost 4-3 to Brewers in Mesa on Sunday
    afternoon in the Cactus League

    Cubs in Mesa: Edwin Jackson: 2R,2H,3BB,K,HBP,2IP;
    Javier Baez: 1-for-3,HR,BB,3RBI; Brett Jackson: 0-for-1,2BB,HBP,R