Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/29/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (14-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-12-3)

  • Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.26, 1.97) vs. Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 3.00, 1.33)

The exhibition season ends today for the Chicago Cubs. Following this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Cubs will get on a plane and make their way to Pittsburgh. A workout at PNC Park is scheduled for Sunday with the 2014 season set to start on Monday.

The regulars should get at least one at bat today before Rick Renteria empties his bench and lets the minor leaguers that are with them for the day see what it is like to play in a big league stadium. The roof is expected to be opened today.

Starlin Castro is scheduled to make his first appearance in a big league game in nearly a month, and he is expected to play all nine innings. The goal for the players should be to avoid injury while getting their last bit of work in.

Dave Eanet will join Ron Coomer in the booth to call the game on 720 WGN while Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will have the moving pictures on Comcast SportsNet.

The final Spring Training game of 2014 all begins with Jason Hammel …

Jason Hammel is coming off a not-so-good spring start against the Athletics. Hammel fought with his mechanics and command while pitching a lot worse than his final line indicates. Oakland had runners on base throughout his outing. Hammel allowed two runs on eight hits with three walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

After allowing six runs on 17 hits with eight walks and eight strikeouts in three Cactus League starts (12 2/3 innings), Hammel could use an efficient, clean outing in his last appearance before his performance counts.

The usually reliable Bronson Arroyo has dealt with back issues all spring and will make only his second Cactus League start this afternoon. Arroyo faced the Cubs at Cubs Park back on Feb. 27, the first game of the spring, and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Castro SS
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney DH
    Castillo C
    Valbuena 3B
    Kalish LF
    Barney 2B

    Hammel P

    • Tony_H

      This is a very good sign that they are willing to let Castro play in a ST game rather than a minor league game. They must have no thought about needing to use the DL and wanting to back date it.

  • Tony_H

    I think Hammel will pitch a lot better in April than he has done in March.

    • BigJonLilJon

      He better….. I have him on my fantasy team!!!

      • BosephHeyden

        I hope for your sake your other starters are great. I had Hammel last year, and unless I had three other good starts from my starters, he’d kill ERA.

    • cubtex

      Here is what I agree with. Hammel will pitch better in April than any month. When the weather heats up so will his ERA

      • Tony_H

        He only needs to pitch well for 2-3 months :)

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Sun-Times: Schierholtz scratched from lineup (sick). Coghlan replaces him.

  • Tom U

    Infielder Walter Ibarra just indicated on Twitter that he is now with the Dodgers:

    Walter Ibarra ‏@mocoro87 2m

    gracias diosmio dodgers de los angeles new team

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks Tom. Glad for him and the Cubs’ organization

  • Tony_H

    Barney with a 2 out RBI Single

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a walk

  • Tony_H

    I made my predictions for the playoffs earlier, now here is Jon Heyman’s.

    AL
    EAST – Baltimore, Boston, Tampa, NY, Toronto
    Central – KC, Clev, Detroit, CHI, MInn
    WEST – Oakland, LA, TEX, Seat. Houston

    NL
    EAST – WASH, ATL, Miami, Philly, NY
    Central – STL, Pitt, Reds, Brewers, Cubs
    WEST – LA, SF, Col., DBacks, Padres

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24506108/season-predictions-how-the-mlb-division-races-will-shake-out

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good outing for Hammel … here’s Ramirez

    • Sonate

      Ramirez looks great so far.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramirez struck out the side in the fifth

    • Tony_H

      If this was a last audition, he did well.

      • Richard Hood

        I do not think that this was an audition as much as a you belong here lets stretch you out as a starter and get you about 10 starts after July 1st thing.

        • Tony_H

          I haven’t seen anything that has said he is going back to starting.

          • Zonk

            Ramirez has clearly outperformed Grimm. The ONLY reason he doesn’t make the team at this point is to try him as as starter….and I would be on board with that, if that’s why he goes to AAA

          • Tony_H

            Yet Ramirez has only 1 option year left and Grimm has 2. I hope they do give Ramirez another shot at starting

      • GaryLeeT

        That’s the kind of guy I want to see in the pen. Young, had success in the minors as a starter, and hungry to get his shot. Grimm I can understand, but I can’t belive Texas threw this guy into the deal.

        • Tony_H

          I think Ramirez, Vizcaino, Fujikawa will all be up by end of May if not sooner.

          I think the RH bullpen arms all throw heat.

    • Richard Hood

      If he can maintain what he has shown this spring as a starter at AAA we are so going to love the 2bd half of this year….. Mr Ramirez your shuttle to Wrigley is ready…..SOON!

  • Tony_H

    Kalish needs to be in the lineup. Too bad 2 of the first 3 games are left handed starters.

  • Tony_H

    Alcantara with a 2 Run HR!

  • Zonk

    Side note: Check out this fun little Cubs Opening Day quiz, let us know how you score! I got a 164. My biggest miss: Corey Patterson.

    http://www.sporcle.com/games/lineupquizzes/ChicagoCubs

    You probably have to be at least 30 to do well, since it goes back to ’91

    Many of you in the 90’s probably remember one opening day legend in particular, who burst on the scene opening day with 3 HRs off Doc Gooden, then pretty much faded after that….you know who, right?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That’s a Tuff one … thanks for posting this.

      • Zonk

        In 1995 our opening day starter was Jim Bullinger….What? Was that really our ace? Ouch.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          If you have a chance, just take a glance at some of the OD lineups over the years …

          • Tony_H

            Opening Day lineups are tough, especially like this year when teams have a lefty on Opening Day and when guys are hurt and miss the first few games.

  • GaryLeeT

    Sanchez? We don’t need no stinkin Sanchez.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vogelbach with another walk.

  • Tony_H

    That was a crazy play!

  • GaryLeeT

    I don’t know if Schlitter is the pen’s savior, but at least he looks the part.

    • Tony_H

      I’ll give you that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Third review of the game … Cubs lost all three.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good at bat by Villanueva

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat DBacks 9-8 on Saturday (3/29) … Jason Hammel: 0R, 2H, 0BB, 5K, 4 IP (48 pitches, 31 strikes) Cubs finish with a 15-18-1 spring record

    Castro: 0-2, BB; Kalish: 3-3, RBI; Barney: 1-2, RBI; Alcantara: 1-3, HR, 2RBI; Sweeney: 1-2, R, Vogelbach: 0-0, 2BB; Villanueva: 1-2, 2RBI

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

      As Tony says below, Kalish needs to be in the lineup early and of often. And Ramirez need ms to be stretched out and added to the rotation.

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

        Oh, and what a freaking trade we got for Garza! That thing may go down in history.

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

          Someday in the future it may read…

          “For 3 months of Matt Garza the Cubs got 2 future all-stars and 1 future Cy Young award winner.”

          …or something close to that.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    What do you think the opening day line-up will look like?

    • GaryLeeT

      Castro SS
      Ruggiano LF
      Rizzo 1B
      Olt 3B
      Castillo C
      Lake CF
      Schierholtz RF
      Barney 2B

      Samardzija P

      Bonifacio has played a decent amount of CF, so I would like to see him squeezed in somewhere, and bat 1st. Maybe sit Schierholtz?

    • Tony_H

      Here is what I posted the other day.

      1. Bonifacio LF
      2. Castro SS
      3. Rizzo 1B
      4. Ruggiano RF
      5. Lake CF
      6. Olt 3B
      7. Castillo C
      8. Barney 2B

      Versus the LH Liriano

      • GaryLeeT

        What’s the train of thought on why Ruggiano should hit 4th?

        • Tony_H

          Take a look at his number against LH’s. He is a power hitter with very good HR/AB ratios versus LH.

          He is not a #2 hitter at all. What is your train of thought on what qualified Ruggiano to hit 2nd?

          • GaryLeeT

            Teams don’t like a little power, some speed, and a high OBP hitting 2nd, like Sandberg did?

          • Tony_H

            His 298 OBP from last year is not gonna cut it in the 2 hole. He has only been over 300 OBP 1 time in his career.

            His ISO has been good every year.

            He has lots of power against LH hitters, and I think will hit 5th or 6th against as the season moves forward but on Opening Day, I want him ahead of Lake and Olt.

          • GaryLeeT

            One time in his career! Do you know know how long that MLB career is? If I use your train of thought (last years numbers with the Marlins) he doesn’t even belong on an MLB roster, let alone batting cleanup.

          • Tony_H

            So your train of thought is because one time in his 3-4 years even in small sample sizes he was able to get over a 300 OBP he is a “high OBP with little power”.

            He is not a table setter, but a power hitter.

            Do you know what ISO is?

          • GaryLeeT

            Do you know what a table setter is? Pretty sure the leadoff hitter is considered to be that

          • Tony_H

            LOL!

            Fine you are absolutely right and I am sure Renteria will have Ruggiano batting 2nd on Opening Day.

          • GaryLeeT

            Sure, he’s a “power hitter” but can’t stick with a team as bad as the Marlins?

          • Tony_H

            You never did answer what ISO is?

            You don’t get how trades work either?

          • GaryLeeT

            Wow. Sure you shouldn’t offer me a Scooby Snack before I do what you want?

          • Tony_H

            I figured you didn’t know.

            Plus you replied to my lineup just to argue.

            I didn’t reply to your ridiculous lineup that has no chance of being the Opening Day lineup.

          • GaryLeeT

            Nice try, but you know I have the Google, and the answer. Just not going to jump through your hoop.

          • Tony_H

            My point was you had to look it up.

          • GaryLeeT

            Like I couldn’t ask you 1,000 things you would have to look up? Don’t be condescending, it’s not very becoming.

          • Tony_H

            Nothing as basic as ISO.

          • GaryLeeT

            Or as basic as when to use then and than.

          • Tony_H

            LOL! I am sure there are grammar nazi sites you could go to where you actually know what you are talking about.

          • GaryLeeT

            OK Mr. Baseball Nazi.

          • Tony_H

            I’ll assume that is your way of saying that I know what I am talking about.

          • GaryLeeT

            Well than, I guess I do have to admit that.

          • Tony_H

            Nice edit!

            1 and 2 spots are both considered to be table setters.

          • GaryLeeT

            Edit? From what to what? You are so obsessed with winning some gotcha game that you have become delusional.

          • Tony_H

            You have a history of going back and editing threads to fix your mistakes, to change their meaning, or to make it sound better, just like the one I replied to with the comment.

            Original comment

            “The lead-off hitter is the table setter.”

            Edited to

            “Do you know what a table setter is? Pretty sure the leadoff hitter is considered to be that”

          • GaryLeeT

            Those 2 statements are so dramatically different. Oh Tony, you are so right, and I am so ashamed of myself. What can I possibly do to make this up to you and redeem myself?

          • Tony_H

            So why spend the time to completely re work a post?

            You do this all the time and sometimes you completely change the meaning of your post because you were wrong.

            If you edit a post and change something more than then to than, you should mark it as edited.

          • GaryLeeT

            Huh? Why spend an extra 10 seconds to better convey my message? You are the only one that obsesses over it. If you would wait a minute, or not answer posts from your email inbox, you could save yourself much consternation.

          • Tony_H

            WHAT???

            I don’t use my email to reply to posts. I use the thread and if you post something it shows up. You have to refresh your page to see the EDITED version of your posts.

            So a few posts ago you were acting like you didn’t change anything, now you are trying to justify it by saying it is my fault I don’t wait for you to edit your posts.

            Good night!