Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/02/14

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Royals (2-1)

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

Edwin Jackson (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Wade Davis (0-0, -.–, -.–)

Field permitting … The Cubs will try to resume their Cactus League schedule this afternoon after rains washed away two games on Saturday. The Phoenix area took in a lot of rain in a short amount of time on Saturday afternoon. The rain stopped and picked back up Saturday night. The parks are not built to withstand the amount of rain that fell in the area on Saturday. So there could be more cancellations Sunday, including the game in Mesa between the Cubs and Royals.

Jason Hammel was scheduled to make his Cubs’ debut this afternoon. Hammel was been pushed to a ‘B’ game in Tempe against the Angels on Monday morning but that practice was cancelled Sunday morning. The Cubs will instead host the Giants in a ‘B’ game at Cubs Park. Edwin Jackson will start today’s game with Carlos Villanueva expected to follow him for a couple of innings.

Chris Bosio has had to shuffle his pitching rotation due to the weather. If the Cubs lose another game today, look for Jackson and Villanueva to pitch a simulated game, like Travis Wood did Saturday, or for the Cubs to find another team in the area to practice against early in the week.

If the field at Cubs Park is playable, this afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson is coming off a rough year, one that both Jackson and the Cubs would like to put behind them. Jackson posted an 8-18 record in 31 starts with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. The Cubs need for him to have the proverbial bounce back season for more than one reason. His contract makes him a viable option for a contender, but he has to show better results early before another team will show interest in him. Once Jackson finds the consistency that has eluded him throughout his career he might finally be able to meet some of the expectations.

Carlos Villanueva is in the mix for a spot in the Cubs’ starting staff. Villanueva began last year in the Cubs’ rotation but shifted to the pen when Matt Garza was healthy enough to pitch. Villanueva is on the final year of the contract he signed last off-season and would be much more valuable to the Cubs, in terms of a trade chip, if he begins the season stretched out and in the rotation. Villanueva was 7-8 last season in 47 games, 15 starts, with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

The Cubs face Wade Davis this afternoon for at least a couple of innings. Davis posted an 8-11 record in 31 games, 24 starts, with Kansas City a year ago with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Davis is battling for the fifth spot in the Royals’ rotation along with Yordano Ventura, who is also scheduled to pitch today. John Lamb, Francisley Bueno and P.J. Walters are scheduled to pitch this afternoon as well.

Dale Sveum will be back in Mesa today as part of Ned Yost’s coaching staff. And the beat writers should have more than just a few questions for the Cubs former skipper.

News and Notes

According to a report from Mark Gonzales, Junior Lake will continue seeing time in both left field and centerfield. Rick Renteria praised Lake for the hard work he is putting in to learn how to track balls better in the outfield. Renteria told Gonzales that Lake is “power shagging” in the outfield during batting practice to work on his defense.

Rick Renteria called James McDonald’s outing against the Angels a “blip” and he assured the veteran right hander that he will have more opportunities this spring.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Grounds crew did a great job. Field is wet but no standing water

    Also, Hughes and Coomer are calling the game on WGN. I apologize for the mistake.

  • Tony_H

    Pretty good lineup for today.
    Emilio Bonifacio, CF
    Starlin Castro, SS
    Anthony Rizzo, 1B
    Justin Ruggiano, LF
    Ryan Sweeney, DH
    Welington Castillo, C
    Nate Schierholtz, RF
    Donnie Murphy, 3B
    Darwin Barney, 2B

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks for posting the lineup Tony

      • Tony_H

        Hopefully you are getting outside enjoying the weather as much as possible. I am so jealous as we finish clearing the driveway from the last 5 or so inches that fell in the last day.

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  • Craig York

    What happened to Castro?

  • Craig York

    What happened to Castro?

    • Tony_H

      When he was thrown out stealing, looked shaken up after he got up.

      • GaryLeeT

        How do you know? I can’t find a TV broadcast anywhere.

        • Tony_H

          Listening on MLB ap and following CCO twitter feed.

          • GaryLeeT

            Neil said something about WGN, but that’s not what I got. Not on-line anyway

          • Tony_H

            He meant WGN Radio

            Tomorrows game is on the Brewers network.

          • GaryLeeT

            I meant WGN radio on-line

          • Tony_H

            As far as I know, MLB games can only be heard online through MLB.TV or MLB ap.

          • GaryLeeT

            Seems that way. I can’t believe they are charging to listen to ST games. I get all the ST games that are on TV, free on Directv.

          • Tony_H

            I am thinking of switching to DirecTV. Good to know.

            When we lived outside of town, I had Dish Network, and always wanted to have cable. Now, I have cable and want to go back to a dish. Anything you like or dislike about DirecTV?

          • GaryLeeT

            I have had Directv for 14 years, and would never go back to anything else. The NFL Sunday Ticket, is spectacular, for those of us living outside of the Chicago area. Since I live in Florida, we do lose reception for about 2 hours total a year, to thunderstorms. They now have the “Genie”, which is a main unit that controls tiny units that go on all the other TVs. The picture quality, is always beyond spectacular.

          • Tony_H

            Thanks!

          • GaryLeeT

            Oh, you can also order movies in 1080p, that are in the theaters.

          • Tony_H

            Nice! We are about to go see a movie that just came out.

        • Tony_H

          No TV today from either team.

      • paulcatanese

        Head first slide? If so, they need to outlaw that slide.

        • Tony_H

          Didn’t see it, but it was his hamstring.

          • paulcatanese

            And if memory serves me right, didn’t he tweak one last year?
            Thanks on the report.

          • Tony_H

            Yes, I just posted when you were posting this. Good timing and good memory.

    • Tony_H

      When he was thrown out stealing, looked shaken up after he got up.

    • Tony_H

      ChicagoCubsOnline @TheCCO
      #Cubs Starlin Castro just left the game. Javier Baez at short. Castro appeared shaken up on steal attempt

  • Tony_H

    If you have an ESPN Insider account, Keith Law posted an update to his MLB draft blog, focusing on Tyler Beede.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/mlb-draft/post?id=1321&ex_cid=InsiderTwitter_LAWTYLERBEEDE

    “…however, as it’s hard for me to imagine that he’s not a top-five pick, with only Carlos Rodon and Tyler Kolek clearly ahead of him at this point, assuming (and hoping) everyone stays healthy. Beede should be in every team’s mix from pick No. 3 on, in the same decision set as East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman, whom I saw last week, and UNLV’s Erick Fedde, who has come out very strongly this spring. “

    • BillyFinT

      I always found Law’s conclusion flaw by default. He’s more of a “let’s call it NOW,” rather than weigh in potential or external factors. I rather pay for Goldstein, Sickels, or Bill James, if I ever feel to pay for prospect watch.

  • Tony_H

    Castro with a mild hamstring strain. He had a similar problem last year in ST.

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

    I have a buddy who is a crazy Red Sox fan. He’s updating me on the Cubs game today. Said “Cubs have a bunch of studs.” He’s a big fan of Kalish. Said the Sox gave up on him due to injuries but he thinks he can still be a star. He mentioned that we’ve got several guys that he hated the Sox let go. It’s funny becasuse so many here thiknk it’s gloom and doom in Cubbieland but outsiders are all jealous of what Theo has going and seem to agree the future looks so bright. My Red Sox buddy kept talking about prospects of ours that we never even talk about. That’s what I mean by the depth Theo has made. Not like the old days where it’s all about Pie or Patterson or bust. We’ve got player after player that can be the future.

    • GaryLeeT

      So your buddy, fan of the World Champion Red Sox, is jealous of the most losing Cub team of all time?

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

        Jealous probably isn’t the right word for Red Sox fans. They just won a series. But he loves what Theo is doing. As do most objective observers.

        I just think that we’re overlooking tons of players in the minors. Guys like Kalish and Lars Andersson. These guys give us depth in minors.

  • paulcatanese

    Wet field, franchise player on first, attempts steal, tweaks a hammie, a meaningless play.
    That ticks me off. Is that not in Castro’s file? Mr. Renteria , read the file. Sorry, I have seen too many injuries that just should not be put into play, just sayin.

    • cubtex

      Agreed Paul. Being only 3rd game there was no reason to have Castro steal. Hopefully it is a minor pull.

  • cubtex

    Nice to see Baez getting 2 hits replacing Castro!

    • paulcatanese

      How does that go? One mans poison is another mans honey? Or something like that.

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

    I’ll pick my surprise, standout player that nobody expects a lot of right now…Justin Ruggiano.

    Obviously he will need to be healthy.

    • Craig York

      I liked this trade from the beginning.