Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (12-18-1) vs. White Sox (9-13)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN
- Location – Cubs Park, Mesa
Travis Wood (0-2, 5.91, 1.41) vs. Felipe Paulino (1-1, 6.75, 1.93)
The Cubs wrap-up their first spring at Cubs Park this afternoon with the team’s last game in the valley. Counting today’s game against the White Sox, the Cubs have three practices left in Arizona before flying to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Cubs exhibition schedule comes to an end on Saturday after two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
The Cubs won the first round against the Sox earlier in the spring. Chris Rusin and the pen shut down the Sox in their home park last Friday. And the Southsiders will look to return the favor today. While it is only Spring Training, even Rick Renteria noticed last week, there is a different atmosphere when the Cubs take on the White Sox.
Len Kasper will join Ron Coomer on the radio side to call today’s game on 720 WGN. The White Sox telecast can be seen on WGN TV.
This afternoon all begins with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood made his last appearance in a minor league game and will be shortened up this afternoon in his final outing of the spring. Wood has allowed seven runs on 14 hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts in three Cactus League outings. Wood has thrown the ball well with the exception of one start that got away from him after Junior Lake misplayed a ball in center. Look for Wood to throw three innings this afternoon, unless he is efficient with his pitches again. The Cubs should be targeting 50-60 pitches for Wood today.
Felipe Paulino has struggled this spring. In 18 2/3 innings, Paulino has allowed 14 runs on 27 hits with nine walks and 18 strikeouts (five starts). Paulino is slotted in as the Sox’s second starter behind Chris Sale. Robin Ventura is starting the season with a lefty, righty, lefty, righty, lefty starting rotation.
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