Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/15/14

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Royals (7-7)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.00, 1.44) vs. James Shields (2-0, 1.04, 0.69)

Spring Training Game Seventeen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Mets (ss) (6-7)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: MLB.com
  • Location – Cashman Field, Las Vegas

Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 7.36, 2.18) vs. Bartolo Colon (0-1, 6.75, 1.50)

The long weekend of Cubs baseball begins with a pair of games this afternoon. One Cubs’ team will stay in the Phoenix area to take on the Royals while another Cubs’ team will play the first of two exhibition games against the Mets at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

The Cubs annual trip to Sin City, the tenth straight spring the Cubs have participated in Big League Weekend, will mark the first time the organization has squared off against a team from the Grapefruit League in Las Vegas. Cashman Field is the home of the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

The other half of the Mets’ roster hosts the Twins in Port St. Lucie this afternoon.

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant made the trip from Mesa to Vegas for the weekend. And Baez is in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.

Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will call the action on 720 WGN from Surprise. And Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the call on WGN-TV from Las Vegas.

This afternoon’s games begin with Jeff Samardzija and Tsuyoshi Wada

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Royals (7-7)

Jeff Samardzija makes his fourth start of the spring this afternoon as he prepares for Opening Day. Samardzija has pitched to mixed results this spring but he has remained consistent that he feels good as he is getting his work in. Samardzija was solid in his first spring outing against the Diamondbacks. Samardzija gave up three runs on four hits and a walk to the Rockies in his second start. In his last outing, Samardzija kept up with Matt Cain over the first three innings before the Giants scored two runs on three hits in the fourth inning. Samardzija ended up surrendering two runs on five hits to the Giants with no walks and five strikeouts. This spring, Samardzija has allowed five runs on 11 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in three starts (nine innings). Five innings should be the target for Samardzija this afternoon.

Wesley Wright, Pedro Strop and Chang-Yong Lim are also scheduled to pitch this afternoon.

Rick Renteria will use the following starting nine behind Samardzija:

  1. Junior Lake – CF
  2. Ryan Roberts – 2B
  3. Welington Castillo – C
  4. Justin Ruggiano – LF
  5. Mike Olt – 1B
  6. Chris Valaika – SS
  7. Josh Vitters – DH
  8. Brett Jackson – RF
  9. Christian Villanueva – 3B

Big Game James has been excellent so far this spring. James Shields makes his fourth Cactus League start this afternoon after allowing two runs, one earned, with six hits, no walks and eight strikeouts over his first three starts (8 2/3 innings). Like Samardzija, Shields is preparing for Opening Day as well as what could be a very profitable off-season if the Royals do not extend Shields before the season begins.

Tim Collins, Jon Rauch, Donnie Joseph and former Cubs’ minor league reliever Corey Wade are also scheduled to pitch this afternoon.

Spring Training Game Seventeen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Mets (ss) (6-7)

Chris Rusin was originally slated to start this afternoon’s game in Vegas then it was Carlos Pimentel. The Cubs made a pitching change late Friday and decided to have Tsuyoshi Wada start the first of two games against the Mets. Rusin is scheduled to pitch Sunday’s game against the Mets.

CubsMetsBigLeagueWeekendTsuyoshi Wada makes his first spring start this afternoon. Wada was very good for an inning Wednesday night in Peoria, then not-so-good in his second inning. Wada has allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in two games this spring (3 2/3 innings).

Cubs starting lineup vs. the Mets

  1. Darwin Barney – 2B
  2. Donnie Murphy – 3B
  3. Nate Schierholtz – DH
  4. Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  5. Ryan Sweeney – RF
  6. Javier Baez – SS
  7. Darnell McDonald – LF
  8. Eli Whiteside – C
  9. Matt Szczur – CF

The other players in Vegas for the weekend include: George Kottaras, Rafael Lopez, Dan Vogelbach, Chris Coghlan, Ryan Kalish, Arismendy Alcantara, Walter Ibarra, Zeke DeVoss, Chadd Krist, Kris Bryant, Jonathan Mota, John Andreoli, Anthony Giansanti, Carlos Pimentel, Zac Rosscup, Justin Grimm and Blake Parker.

The Mets surprised the baseball world when the team inked Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million contract over the winter. Colon has made just one start in the Grapefruit League and allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in four innings.

David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Eric Young Jr., and Bobby Parnell are among the players making the trip to Las Vegas this weekend. Terry Collins will accompany his team as well.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lineup in Vegas against the Mets

    Barney 2B
    Murphy 3B
    Schierholtz DH
    Rizzo 1B
    Sweeney RF
    Baez SS
    McDonald LF
    Whiteside C
    Szczur CF

    Wada P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lineup in Surprise against the Royals

    Lake CF
    Roberts 2B
    Castillo C
    Ruggiano LF
    Olt 1B
    Valaika SS
    Vitters DH
    Jackson RF
    Villanueva 3B

    Samardzija P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wada and Samardzija getting hit rather hard in the first inning

    • Tony_H

      I sure hope Samardzija isn’t getting hit as hard as Wada. Wada is throwing BP right now.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I agree with the ‘Arena Baseball’ line in the first inning.

    • RynoTiger

      and the Shark gives up his 2nd HR of the day

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija got a 4-6-3 DP to make his first inning a lot better. Shields has retired the first six batters he’s faced with 4 strikeouts

    • RynoTiger

      Neil, Neil…I want to be Captain Obvious today…Shark now over 60 pitches and only 1 out into the 3rd inning…Shark is NO BUENO today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Anthony Rizzo with his first HR of the spring off of
    Bartolo Colon in the 2nd inning of game in Las Vegas

    • Bredstik

      Give the assist to Len Kasper, who was commenting that Rizzo didn’t have a HR for the spring yet.

      It really felt like he was going to hit one, between that and Colon on the mound.

      • Tony_H

        Colon actually had a really good year last year.

        193 IP – 2.65 ERA for Oakland 1.16 WHIP

        Oh yeah 18-6 as well

        I bet if he pitches 193 innings this year with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, his record will be a little worse, pitching for the Mets.

        • cubtex

          and he throws almost exclusively fastballs.

          • Tony_H

            It is a 2 seam fastball,but the movement he gets I would call it a sinker.

          • cubtex

            I wonder how much the steroids did to prolong his career. Not many pitchers ever lasted as long as he has relying on heat. He is 40 this year. Nolan Ryan was one of the few who did.

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

            Very true. His past couple of years have blown my mind. I thought he was long done for.

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

            Very true. His past couple of years have blown my mind. I thought he was long done for.

        • Bredstik

          Rizzo takes Colon yard AGAIN!

  • RynoTiger

    so how many days before Wada is cut?

    • Tony_H

      Day….not days

      I would have liked to see him when the Orioles signed before his TJ surgery. But he doesn’t have enough velocity to pitch in MLB now.

      • Richard Hood

        He is on a minor league deal so it might be he sticks around for depth unless there is a kid coming up to Iowa that needs his spot. There obviously is not much left in that arm at this point though.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija gave up 2 more runs in the third inning on second HR of the game. Long third inning, loaded the bases before getting out of another jam.

  • Tony_H

    Rizzo looking good with a 2nd HR today.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Showed good power, appeared to be jammed on the 1-2 pitch and lifted it out of the park.

      • Tony_H

        Good call!

      • cubtex

        good to hear it was a 1-2 pitch.

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

        He’s havin a good spring and appears to continue I make adjustments. I know last year was mixed but i like how he got in slumps but always adjusted his approach and came out of them. That’s what makes me think he’s king to have a long and productive career.

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

        He’s havin a good spring and appears to continue I make adjustments. I know last year was mixed but i like how he got in slumps but always adjusted his approach and came out of them. That’s what makes me think he’s king to have a long and productive career.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija out with 2 outs in the fourth. 4 runs, 7 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 2 wild pitches

    • cubtex

      did Castillo have a chance on those WP or were they way wild?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Both on Samardzija

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson with a 3-run HR in the 8th
    inning against the Royals in Surprise. Jackson’s first HR of the spring.

    • cubtex

      Good for him!

      • Richard Hood

        You still got a soft spot for Jackson don’t ya CTEX?

        • cubtex

          I’d like to see him get 1 last shot this year. I have a feeling we might see him displacing Junior Lake in CF at some point during the year

          • Richard Hood

            I do not know about replacing Lake but I think Jackson will be up at some point this year or be done with Chicago. Vitters even though younger is in the same boat.

          • cubtex

            I have a bad feeling about Junior Lake for this year. I see a big sophomore slump and a lot of struggles.

          • Ripsnorter1

            If I were Team Theo, I’d tell Brett Jackson tonight, “Son, you are my starting CF in Wrigley for 2014.” Let him cut his teeth in Wrigley. It’ll give him confidence.

            Jr. Lake: look out below!

          • cubtex

            I think it is better for the player to have success in the minors first(just like Olt) I would start both of them in AAA give them that talk that IF they perform they will be brought up and given a starting job at Wrigley as soon as June.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You just condemned us to Ryan Sweeney and Jr. Lake.

            Next, it’ll be the “Barney Plan.”

            What’s happening to you? Too much Tony time?
            LOL

          • cubtex

            lol. no Tony wants Olt to start immediately. I want to give both of those guys the best opportunity to succeed. What do you think will happen to their psyche if they struggle out of the gate? If they have success in AAA first they will start their major league season with more confidence that they belong.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Let’s see how Olt performs the last week of ST. That’s when the pitching starts to get serious.

            Like you, I think he needs AAA to get him going after a terrible 2013.

          • cubtex

            He has got to get some time at 3B if that is going to happen. He looks like he is seeing the ball much better. I hate to see Valbuena play 3rd for even for 1 inning but I want Olt to succeed.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are right. I forgot about that.

            Keep Murphy.

          • cubtex

            don’t know if you read this but this is a good article on BJax and how Sveum messed with him.

            http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-brett-jackson-trying-put-his-game-back-together-again

          • Ripsnorter1

            Thank you. I had missed it.

            Sveum? Team Theo. He did that on orders, no doubt.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree, as a lot of his play is overlooked because the Cubs are not in it. He would have never survived this long with a team that did.
            When he first came up I had a lot of excitement thinking he was the real thing, after watching him awhile I am convinced that he has too many things to overcome, and as the prospects develop, he will be bypassed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marcos Mateo just gave up a HR in Surprise

    • paulcatanese

      Surprise,,,Surprise:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson with a 2-out, 2 run single in the ninth. Cubs leading game. But Jackson delivered on a 3-2 pitch against a lefty.

    • cubtex

      Was just going to post that!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) beat the Royals 6-5 on Saturday … Jeff Samardzija: 4R, 7H (2 HR), 3BB, 2WP, 1K in 3.2 IP (87 pitches, 49 strikes)

    Brett Jackson: 2-4, HR, 5RBI; Chris Valaika: 1-3, R; Pedro Strop: 0R, 1H, 0BB, 1K, 1IP

    • Richard Hood

      Did Jackson have any K’s?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        One, against James Shields. Shields struck out 10 of the 19 batters he faced.

        • GaryLeeT

          Oh, so that’s what an ace looks like.

          • Tony_H

            I think Shields is going to have his best year yet. I still would have traded him to get Will Myers, but he is going to have a great year.

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

            Any he a FA next season? Chances he ends up with us?

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

            Any he a FA next season? Chances he ends up with us?

          • Tony_H

            I doubt it, he will be 33 next year and want a 4+ year contract.

          • cubtex

            Yea if they outbid everyone else by a lot.

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

            If by season’ send we hae Baez, Bryant up and Olt has played well we will behind t be a pretty attractive destination for FA’s. If that is the case and money is the issue I will expect to see him in a Cubs uniform. He’s a bonifide TOR starter. Although on a championship team I see him as a 2.

          • cubtex

            Like Tony said. He is too old for where the Cubs are at.

          • Tony_H

            Don’t tell me agree again :)

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Yay for BJax!

      And a thud for our Opening Day pitcher…

    • GaryLeeT

      If Samardzjia were smart, he would call up Hoyer, and run, not walk, to his office, with pen in hand. Is he sandbagging it? Dogging it? Trying to poison a trade? Or just not that good? I’ve never seen a player perform so poorly with so much money on the line.

      • cubtex

        I don’t think Shark will ever be more than a solid 3 borderline 2 but it is still only spring training. I don’t remember anyone ever getting a multi million dollar deal based on spring training stats.

        • GaryLeeT

          It’s spring training for James Shields, and a lot of other pitchers too. I don’t think that just because it’s spring, they don’t try. But my main point was, that if Samardzjia were trying to build momentum for something bigger in his career, he’s got a funny way of going about it.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Right now, he’s pitching like the Jim Hendry Shark–no control. Regression.

          It is possible that Mr. Samardzija could regret not signing a Team Theo deal. And it is possible that Team Theo dodged a bullet when he said, “no.”

          • cubtex

            Very good stuff but is inconsistent. Great arm. Throws too many pitches in alot of starts. Will he ever put it all together? Obviously he thinks so.

          • paulcatanese

            Or, he may be pushing a trade?

          • Ripsnorter1

            If so, it is revenge against Team Theo for not paying him more dough. At this rate, his value will be suppressed.

  • cubtex

    Jose Iglesias going to miss most of year. Big blow for Tigers. If they don’t sign Stephen Drew, trade Barney to them :)))

    • Ripsnorter1

      They don’t want him. What does he have to offer the Tigers? They are not trying to lose 120 games!

      • cubtex

        I know. That is why I put the :)))

        • Ripsnorter1

          Start Brett Jackson NOW.

          • cubtex

            He does so many things well. Plays a good cf, runs the bases well, works the count well, has good pop…..If he can just cut down on all those K’s he could have a major league career.

          • paulcatanese

            He has paid his dues.

    • paulcatanese

      Didn’t get what happened to him, that is one great glove.

      • cubtex

        Shin issues.

        • paulcatanese

          The old run backwards for awhile? Or is that passé for shin splints?