Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/16/14

Spring Training Game Eighteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Indians (ss) (12-3)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Cubs Park, Mesa

Travis Wood (0-1, 7.94, 1.94) vs. Justin Masterson (1-0, 0.00, 0.75)

Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Mets (ss) (7-8)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: None
  • Location – Cashman Field, Las Vegas

Chris Rusin (1-2, 8.22, 1.43) vs. Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 0.00, 1.50)

The Cubs full weekend of exhibition games continues this afternoon. The Cubs wrap up Big League Weekend at Cashman Field and host the Indians at Cubs Park. Rick Renteria’s half of the roster will be the visiting team in Las Vegas today after being the ‘home team’ on Saturday.

Kris Bryant is expected to start today’s game against the Mets. Bryant played in the field Saturday but did not receive an at bat after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Neither the Cubs nor the Mets broadcast teams on either radio or television will be calling the game in Las Vegas this afternoon.

The Cubs will try to figure out the Indians’ pitching staff today. Cleveland has already beaten the Cubs twice this spring. After today, the Cubs will not see the Tribe until next spring. Justin Masterson makes his second spring start against the Cubs today. Masterson shut down the Cubs back on March 6.

Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will have the call from Cubs Park on commercial free Comcast SportsNet and Mick Gillispie will be on the radio side for the Cubs-Indians game on Cubs.com.

This afternoon’s games all start with a pair of lefties, Travis Wood and Chris Rusin

Spring Training Game Eighteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Indians (ss) (12-3)

After being just about as good it gets in Spring Training in his first Cactus League start, Travis Wood gave up a run in his first inning of work against the Rockies then allowed an Arizona triple on a ball that Junior Lake should have caught end his outing. Wood could not get out of the third inning and had to leave after hitting his pitch count in 2 2/3 innings.

Wood will be looking to bounce back this afternoon in his third spring outing. Look for Wood to target a five-inning outing this afternoon.

Justin Masterson makes his fourth Cactus League start today. Masterson has not allowed a run in three starts this spring. In eight innings, Masterson has allowed just four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Aaron Harang and the other half of the Indians roster, including Bryan LaHair, will spend the afternoon in Scottsdale taking on the Giants.

Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Mets (ss) (7-8)

Chris Rusin makes his fourth appearance in the Cactus League and second start. Rusin really struggled in his first start against the Angels back on Feb. 28. But he was excellent in his last outing with three innings of shutout ball against the Giants. Rusin has allowed seven runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Chris Rusin has a legitimate shot at making the rotation as Jake Arrieta keeps trying to get himself ready for the season.

While Jon Niese is facing Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in Jupiter, Terry Collins will hand the ball to Jenrry Mejia in Vegas. Mejia has made just one Grapefruit League start to this point of the spring. Mejia allowed one unearned run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings of work.

Carlos Torres and Rafael Montero are also scheduled to pitch for the Mets this afternoon.

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