Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/25/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Angels (15-10)

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

Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 11.12, 2.65) vs. Brandon Lyon (0-0, 2.70, 0.75)

Spring Training Thirty: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Padres (9-12)

  • Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com, MLB.com
  • Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria

C.J. Edwards (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Andrew Cashner (2-1, 2.84, 1.42)

The Cubs play their fifth and final split squad games today in what is a day-night doubleheader of sorts. The first Cubs’ squad starts their game against the Angels at Cubs Park at 3:05pm CDT while the other squad takes on the Padres under the lights in Peoria with a 9:05pm CDT start time. When the Cactus League schedule was released the Cubs had six split days but rain washed away the first on March 1.

Mike Olt gets another start at third base in the afternoon game while Javier Baez will be at shortstop for the night game with C.J. Edwards on the hill.

Recently re-signed Tsuyoshi Wada makes the start against the Angels two days after he asked for and was granted his release. Wada re-signed with the Cubs on Monday and the move kept the Cubs from paying a $100,000 retention bonus.

Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the call of the afternoon game on Comcast SportsNet. And Mick Gillispie switched the schedule and will call the night game on Cubs.com.

This afternoon starts with Tsuyoshi Wada and C.J. Edwards will get things started under the lights …

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Angels (15-10)

Tsuyoshi Wada has really struggled this spring in Cactus League games. And it was the right move to both release Wada and then re-sign him. Depending on what the Cubs decide to do with the fifth spot in the rotation, having Wada in the organization and at Triple-A Iowa to start the season gives the front office options while keeping other pitcher’s slotted in the system where they need to be. Wada has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings with five walks and seven strikeouts in three games, one start.

This afternoon’s starting lineup against the Angels:

  • Junior Lake – CF
  • Luis Valbuena – 2B
  • Nate Schierholtz – RF
  • Mike Olt – 3B
  • Justin Ruggiano – LF
  • Dan Vogelbach – 1B
  • Darwin Barney – SS
  • Albert Almora – DH
  • Eli Whiteside – C

George Kottaras will be available off the bench with James Russell, Alberto Cabrera, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Jose Veras in the pen.

The Angels are having Jered Weaver make his final start of the spring in a minor league game this afternoon. Mike Scioscia will use Tuesday as a bullpen day against the Cubs with veteran reliever Brandon Lyon throwing the first inning. Lyon is making his eighth appearance in the Cactus League after allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in his first seven games (6 2/3 innings).

Replay will be available at today’s game against the Angels.

Spring Training Thirty: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Padres (9-12)

C.J. Edwards is making his first start in a big league Spring Training game tonight. Edwards reported to camp nearly a month ago to prepare for the season. It is unclear how long Edwards will pitch tonight. But with the minor league season starting next week as well, Edwards should go at least three innings tonight. Eric Jokisch is expected to follow Edwards tonight.

Rick Renteria is running out the following lineup for tonight’s game in Peoria:

  • Emilio Bonifacio – 2B
  • Ryan Kalish – RF
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  • Ryan Sweeney – CF
  • Javier Baez – SS
  • John Baker – C
  • Ryan Roberts – 3B
  • Chris Coghlan – LF
  • C.J. Edwards – P

Eric Jokisch, Zac Rosscup, Wesley Wright and Blake Parker will be available out of the bullpen.

Andrew Cashner is making his last tune-up prior to Opening Day tonight. Cashner received the honor of being named the Padres Opening Day starter and he will face the Dodgers on Sunday night. Cashner was cruising through Spring Training until his last outing. Cashner had one of those outings that just about every starter has in the spring and he will look to bounce back tonight for more than one reason. In four Cactus League starts (12 2/3 innings), Cashner has allowed eight runs, four earned, on 17 hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated lineup for the Angels game:

    Lake LF
    Valbuena 2B
    Schierholtz RF
    Olt 3B
    Vogelbach 1B
    Villanueva DH
    Barney SS
    Whiteside C
    Almora CF

    Wada P

    Justin Ruggiano was scratched with ankle soreness. He is not expected to miss any time. Darnell McDonald was in the original lineup as the team’s DH. Almora took his spot in the lineup before the Ruggiano scratch. No word on why McDonald was removed from the lineup or if he is still in the organization.

    • GaryLeeT

      McDonald was pulled for a trade to the Rays for David Price.

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

        Is “David Price,” the name of a new type of Krispy Kreme Donut?

  • Tony_H

    I could do a lot of paperwork for a $100,000.

  • GaryLeeT

    It will still be a fun lineup to watch them hit, but too bad Edwards is not starting the day game.

  • mutantbeast

    Something to watch in both games-Vogelbomb, Almora and Villanueava in game 1, CjEdwards and Baez in game 2. Wheres Soler???

    • GaryLeeT

      By watch, I meant actually see them play since the day game is on TV. But I would rather take ice picks to my eyes, than watch Wada pitch. I mean, was he THE only option to start today?

      • Tony_H

        I agree, I would pay to watch Edwards pitch, Wada, not so much.

  • Tony_H

    Wasn’t all that pretty but only 1 run in the 1st inning. Wada is still not looking like a major league pitcher, but looks better than his last outing as far as velocity and some quality pitches.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Olt with a solid single to center

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another good at bat from Barney, worked a full count before ripping a single into left.

  • Tony_H

    Very nice play by Olt on the bunt by Trout.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Olt with a good throw from third.

  • Tony_H

    Looking like Olt at 3B and Barney is not the full time starter at 2B. 5th starter still undecided.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/22308/roster-decisions-olts-chances-look-good

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

      Thanks for posting Tony

    • triple

      I really can see it playing out w/ Bonifacio playing 2b and being our leadoff hitter. Olt can handle 3b, and that would make Valbuena be a back up at 3b and SS. Olt can backup 1b for Rizzo, especially against lefties. And that would leave Barney as the last IF, as a back-up at SS and 2b. Obviously, it would be really nice to be able to unload Barney and Schierholtz before the end of ST, and then they would probably keep either Roberts or Murphy as the last IF.

      At that point if a scenario like the above plays out, then you gotta hope Bonifacio has a really good first have (as does Baez in AAA), then Bonifacio can be flipped to make room for Baez at 2b. It actually makes me a little giddy to think about Olt, Castro, Baez, and Rizzo as our infield by the end of the season, and even better, if Bryant is handling AA pitching, you gotta wonder if they’d bring him up in September and see how he does playing LF for now, since RF at Wrigley is not an easy position to play, especially with no OF experience. Then maybe next season, they can transition Bryant to RF…. Okay, I’m definitely getting way ahead of myself here, but man these prospects are exciting!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Levine: After losing Geo Soto to injury. Texas taking hard look at Cubs catcher George Kottaras

    • Tony_H

      Does Daniels think the Cubs are the only team to trade with in baseball? I just don’t see why anyone would want Kottaras.

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

        No kidding. Especially his track record trading with us. Theo always seems to come out so far ahead…

      • Ripsnorter1

        Because they think he is going to get cut. Baker wins the job, Kotteras is on unemployment, and not going to the minors.

        • Tony_H

          I don’t think any of Baker, Whiteside or Kottaras are all that much different, except Kottaras switch hits.

          If I’m Daniels, I pick up a catcher that has been cut, as many get cut at this time of the year.

          • Zonk

            If this happens, all we likely get is the Ranger’s taking care of Kottaras’s contract, and saving us the termination pay we would have owed him. (about $300K)

            For the Rangers, they solve their problem…

            I see it as a win-win, if we really like John Baker that much

  • Tony_H

    Oh boy, not what you want to see. Almora down after sliding into wall on a great catch.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He walked then jogged off the field.

      • Tony_H

        LOL, great minds think a like.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          There was a pinch-hitter on deck for him

          • Tony_H

            I would take him out. just think if it was serious. He went from not playing, to DHing, to CF.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I agree, Zeke DeVoss is now in left, Lake moved to center.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Yes

    • Tony_H

      Almora up, jogging back to the dugout.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very nice play by Olt at third, pick and throw

    • Zonk

      Seems like Olt is answering the questions about his arm…..given his performance at the plate, I would be surprised if he doesn’t make the club….is that your take?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes it is.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with another HR

  • GaryLeeT

    Quick, strike while the iron is hot. Lake & Olt for Masterson or Price.

    • triple

      This may not be too far off from the truth if these 2 guys have decent seasons. As long as Bryant makes positive development throughout the season, I can see Olt being traded either this or next season before the deadline. I’d much rather give it time and see what all these guys do with the Cubs all at the same time before deciding who is expendable.

      But I do believe that they may have enough quality players to pull off a deal for a pitcher with 1 to 1.5 years left on a contract that leaves time for the Cubs to negotiate an extension with. Obviously the Cubs would have to pull in more pitching prospects in return as well. But that would also make it ok for whatever TOR pitcher they get to walk away in free agency, if it means that the Cubs would get a supplemental pick if he turns down a contract with the Cubs.

      I see that as the new thing to attain quality arms; instead of them being traded in the last year of their contract, they’ll be getting traded in the 2nd to last year of their contract.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kottaras with a double and scores on a single by DeVoss

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Almora is fine, bruised right knee

  • Zonk

    I can’t watch the game, but Rogers tweeted that Rondon was throwing 97-99mph gas that inning……how did he look?

    He’s another guy that I wonder if he’s locked in a roster spot

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rondon looked good. I think the gun is hot today. Wada was clocking at 93 mph. Take out the reading, he was still very good. Best I’ve seen him this spring.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    This is the Alberto Cabrera that I’m used to seeing.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First three hitters off of Cabrera in the ninth … HR, 3B, 2B

    • Tony_H

      Kottaras and Cabrera aren’t helping themselves out in the 9th.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) lost 8-4 to Angels on Tuesday in Mesa …
    Wada: 2R, 4H, 3BB, 4K, 4IP; Cabrera: 5R, 4H, 1BB, 1K, 0.1 IP

    Lake: 1-4, HR; Olt: 1-3, R; Barney: 1-3, RBI, BB; Almora: 0-1, RBI

  • Sonate

    Whoa! I subscribe to MLB.com and find that they “suspend” coverage of the CUBS today (in the 9th inning!)? Maybe I should stop subscribing and “broadcast” this to the world. Mlb.com needs to give us info on what will be “blacked out” or suspended. (Did I just miss some mouse click to get the rest of the game???)

    • Denver Mike

      MLBtv is a racket. I used to pay $24.95/mo and cancelled before this season because I was tired of being charged full price for Feb & Mar when they don’t even show most of the games, then they charge you full price in October when all you can see is the “alternate cams” for the LDS, then all games are blacked out after that.

      • Tony_H

        It costs $129.99/year or $24.99/month your choice. It is cheaper to pay it all at once.

        • Denver Mike

          I’m well aware of the payment options as well as the financial benefits, my point was that charging a monthly paying customer full price and offering almost no value in return, in my opinion, is a racket.

          If they were more reasonable and offered these months at a reduced rate, or for free, they would still have my money. Instead, I’ve just gone back to streaming the games for free through fringe sites like I did before.

          • Tony_H

            NP, I just think sometimes people who don’t subscribe hear things like this and get the wrong idea. I consider it for basically 7 months (March – September) so it works out to $18.57 month when paying it all at once. OR Look at it as April – August for $26/month and March and September free.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio 2B
    Kalish RF
    Rizzo 1B
    Sweeney CF
    Baez SS
    Baker C
    Roberts 3B
    Coghlan LF
    Edwards P

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

      Any updates from game?

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

        Nevermind, late start.

        Next season it might be better to split the “talking live,” threads up during split squads. Just so we don’t hae go scroll thru so much we already read to get to new updates. Just a thought.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Updated lineup

      Bonifacio
      2B
      Kalish RF
      Rizzo 1B
      Sweeney CF
      Baez SS
      Baker C
      Bryant 3B
      Coghlan LF
      Edwards P

      • Tony_H

        They keep making it worse that we can’t watch this game….now Bryant.

  • Tony_H

    “The trade of Alex Gonzalez to the Tigers was a “gem” from the Orioles’ perspective,Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes. The move demonstrates one reason it makes sense for organizations to sign lots of players to minor-league deals, Connolly suggests — the Orioles signed Gonzalez with little risk, then were able to flip him for a potentially useful, versatile, cost-controlled player in Lombardozzi.”

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    5 pitches and 5 strikes for Edwards, wearing #89, in the first inning. Gave up a single to Smith, faced the minimum, Blanks rolled into a 6-4-3 double play

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Xavier Nady with a single off Edwards in the second, went to third on an error by Kalish in right.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Padres get an unearned run off Edwards in the first. He walked two batters but surrendered just the one run. Edwards threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes in the second.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Unearned run changed to earned run in between innings.

      • SuzyS

        No error on Kalish?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kalish with a RBI single and he stole his 6th base of the spring

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Edwards lifted with 2 outs in the 3rd, gave up 2 runs in the third.

    • GaryLeeT

      Not exactly the MiLB pitcher of the year performance we were hoping for, but not all that bad for a guy just coming out of A ball.

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

        About whats expected. Jut te fact he sat down big legue hitters is great. The guy is in A ball. He’s so over his head right now anything is good.

        • GaryLeeT

          I believe he is starting at AA this year.

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

            I up vote comments all the time. I thought I may have done so to yours a couple times, but maybe not. When I first read your comment it seemed overtly negative to me. Honestly, in looking at it again it doesn’t sound as bad. Sorry, but don’t get so defensive and lash out at people. I up arrow everyday.

          • GaryLeeT

            Lash out? Come on now.

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

            Well you started throwing unfounded accusations at me of withholding up arrows which while not only being grossly untrue, there is no tracking or evidence of.

            But now here I am being defensive. I guess we all react strongly sometimes to our posts and then we end up with a meaningless back and forth like this pitting two people pulling for the same thing against each other.

            I apologize…

      • triple

        Kyle Hendricks?

  • GaryLeeT

    I would say my spring surprise player is Bryant, and how much he has struggled.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Gary, Bryant is all about adjustments. To the best of my knowledge, he has not faced the same pitcher twice in back to back at bats this spring. He will struggle in Double-A when the season starts, let’s see how he adjusts.

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

        Ready to write off Bryant and Edwards and these incredibly young players after their first speing training?! I don’t get it, guess its gloom and doom of Cubs fans just expecting the worst. Let these guys progress and let’s evaluate again. My goodness.

        • GaryLeeT

          Being surprised, or disappointed that somebody struggled, is the same as writing them off? So if you saw me ask a waitress for a refill of my drink, would you tell my wife that I just had an affair? Don’t over dramatize something just to make a point.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) and Padres
    play to a 5-5 tie in 9 innings on Tuesday night … C.J. Edwards: 3R, 4H, 3BB, 1K in 2.2 IP; Cubs charged with 3 errors

    Kalish: 1-4, RBI, SB, BB; Sweeney: 2-3, BB, R; Baez: 1-5, SB; Silva: 1-1, 2B, RBI; Coghlan: 1-4, R, Geiger: 1-1, RBI