Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 03/03/14

Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (0-3) vs. Brewers (3-2)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Maryvale

Eric Jokisch (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Marco Estrada (1-0, 9.00, 2.00)

The Cubs kickoff their first full week of Cactus League games with two exhibitions on Monday. The Cubs play a make-up game of sorts against the Giants at Cubs Park on Monday morning (11:00am CST, 10:00am MST) then make the long drive to Maryvale to face the Brewers.

Jason Hammel was scheduled to start Sunday’s game against the Royals. But due to rain in the Phoenix area cancelling two games on Saturday, Chris Bosio pushed Hammel to the morning ‘B’ game against the Giants. Eric Jokisch will take the hill in Maryvale for his first outing of the spring. And Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face the A’s at Cubs Park on Tuesday.

The Cubs will have to deal with the media circus that is Ryan Braun this afternoon. But while they are in Maryvale, the game will be the first of many games this spring in which managers will be able to challenge calls using the expanded replay system. The Cubs are scheduled for six games this spring that Rick Renteria and his coaching staff will be able to test the new replay system.

The morning ‘B’ game begins with Jason Hammel and the afternoon exhibition all begins with Eric Jokisch

Jason Hammel signed with the Cubs this off-season for one year and $6 million with a chance to earn up to $7 million if he hits all of his incentives. Hammel was 7-8 in 26 games, 23 starts, for the Orioles last season with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

The Cubs will run out the following lineup behind Jason Hammel in the ‘B’ game:

  1. Arismendy Alcantara – 2B
  2. Albert Almora – CF
  3. Mike Olt – 1B
  4. Kris Bryant – 3B
  5. George Kottaras – C
  6. Jorge Soler – DG
  7. Josh Vitters – LF
  8. Matt Szczur – RF
  9. Jeudy Valdez – SS

Eric Jokisch is coming off a good season with the Smokies and is one of the starters in the system to keep an eye on this year. Jokisch was 11-13 in 27 games, 26 starts, for Double-A Tennessee last season with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. In a career-high 160 2/3 innings, Jokisch allowed 144 hits with 137 strikeouts and 54 walks.

Jason McLeod really likes what he has seen from Jokisch. The lefty will begin the season in Iowa and he’s likely to make his Cubs’ debut at some point in the 2015 season.

Rick Renteria announced Sunday this starting nine would begin the game against the Brewers:

  • Chris Coghlan – LF
  • Ryan Roberts – 2B
  • Luis Valbuena – 3B
  • Junior Lake – CF
  • Javier Baez – SS
  • Aaron Cunningham – DH
  • John Baker – C
  • Chris Valaika – 1B
  • Darnell McDonald – RF

Marco Estrada has owned the Cubs during his Major League career and will make his second start of the spring this afternoon. Estrada gave up two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings in his first outing against the Athletics.

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  • paulcatanese

    Other than the fact that it’s spring training, I fail to see the meaning of this lineup. Only three possible starters for the year.
    It’s nice to see what one has going forward, but it’s also nice to see where one has been and if improvement is happening.

    • Zonk

      You probably know, but many make the mistake of reading into ST lineups and usage patterns, which is meaningless, other than what pitchers are being stretched out to start, and what fielding positions players are working on. In game #2, I’m pretty sure the last 4 guys are fighting for a spot at Iowa, not Chicago.

    • BosephHeyden

      It’s probably not going to be a great sign if that lineup out performs the other lineup offensively, especially seeing as how this is a division rival.

    • paulcatanese

      Did not include the players ( Baez and Bryant) here as they should make the trip North the way the team is designed right now, but also know they wont due to the restrictions on development, at bats, #of at bats, control, etc.
      But no way they would not be an improvement and fun to watch.

    • Swish23

      i recall dale sveum batting ian stewart 3rd in spring trianing which made no sense as it would not of been the case in a regular season game; and after 2 years of sveum’s line-up mysteries; was a foreshadowing of how bad his lineups were; i’m getting deja vu with the early renteria;s line-ups. isn’t lake and baez the best hitters in this line-up; don’t the cubs need to see them bat the most over ST; so why not lake 2nd and baez 3rd. valbuena? really? a new mgr should be practicing line-ups that make sense; this one has none. (or why is kottaras ahead soler, vitters, and scuzur; who is the future here?).

      • paulcatanese

        Personally think Baez is the future now, as well as Bryant. There isn’t a ballpark in the Majors that can hold either one’s
        bat inside of it.
        I don’t cotton to keeping them in the Minor’s any longer. Let them sink or swim with the big boys, take the risk
        now.
        They have the ability to overcome inadequate pitching with the offense they can provide.

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  • BigJonLilJon

    I like that “B” game lineup.. a look into the future.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez with a bomb

    • paulcatanese

      Looking forward to that, I haven’t turned it on yet.

      • paulcatanese

        Finally did see that one Neil, just flat out crushed. I don’t see many people not paying to see him in the lineup now, not later.
        He as well as Bryant have the rare ability to get good natural swings on the ball with or without pressure.
        With the two of them and Rizzo, Castro, and Castillo, they would have five guys to produce right now, slip in Lake and Almora, and a new beginning will appear.Their pitching will fall in behind the mass hysteria it will cause on the North Side. The power in the success those guys will bring will have the rest falling into place.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Solid outing for Eric Jokisch

    • Zonk

      Maybe one day he’ll replace Chris Rusin as the “cheap, won’t embarass you guy you can call up from minors in a pinch, but ultimately will be gone as soon as he is out of options or costs too much” role

  • John_CC

    Though my baseball watching time was short during my brief stay in AZ last week, I did get to watch Baez take BP with the other minor leaguers. He crushed a couple moon shots over the high screen in LF. They were on one of the two diamonds that back up to the parking lot where we were parked.

    Just after my wife, daughter and mother got in the back seat and my dad and I were standing there a ball came out of nowhere and bounced of something and bashed into the car next to us. I felt the ball pass by me a split second before the crash. My dad was yelling “were is it, did you see it…there it is” even though there was no one around.

    We were at a few rows deep in the lot, there is a wide walkway and lawn between the lot and the fence. We had to have been at least 50 feet beyond the fence and well into foul territory. While I didn’t see who hit that ball no one else hitting there could have done that.

    I did get the ball.

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

      I believe Baez will be the next coming of Mike Trout/Bryce Harper type players. The transcendent big hitter that people will line up to see take BP and have media pressure to be in a home run derby.

      The great news is that the next guy after Baez could be Bryant. Those two bashing 40 HR will make up a ton for suspect pitching. But we will need pitching to get the ring.

      • Craig York

        I completely agree, but they may arrive at the same time…

    • paulcatanese

      Lucky guy, if it had hit you, you would have had to find the guy and get the autograph, if you couldn’t see the guy, someone else would have signed the ball, don’t let someone else sign the ball, get Direct TV.:)

    • paulcatanese

      And John, all kidding aside, I had the good luck of walking into a ballpark and getting hit above the left eye with a foul ball, had double vision for two weeks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The best contact in Vizcaino’s inning was when he plunked Green on the elbow.

    • GaryLeeT

      Which he put in the strike zone while attempting to check his swing.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        You are correct.

  • paulcatanese

    Baez with an chance at extra playing time will make his mark, once again. But he is the kind of kid who doesn’t want to make it at Castro’s expense, he is sure he can do it with a healthy Castro out there. Starting to like him, slow but sure.

  • Craig York

    Anyone know how the b game went today? Alot of kids in that game.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Game ended at a 5-5 tie. Bryant, Almora and Szczur had two hits. Will post more details later.

      • Craig York

        Good to hear! Thanks Neil for all the hard work! I check this site every free second I have.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re welcome and thank you very much. I included the info on the ‘B’ game in the Brewers recap

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Brewers 4-2 on Monday afternoon. Eric Jokisch: 0R, 0H, 2BB, 1K, 3IP; Javier Baez: 2-3,
    HR; Luis Valbuena: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Ryan Kalish: 1-1, R, BB; Walter Ibarra: 1-1, 2RBI