Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (9-13-1) vs. Angels (12-8-1)
- Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ESPN – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Eric Jokisch (1-0, 4.50, 1.38) vs. Jered Weaver (2-0, 1.69, 1.00)
The Cubs return to home to host the Angels on National TV and Joe Maddon is running out a lineup that features Kris Bryant in left field.
Maddon’s starting lineup of Javier Baez 2B, Addison Russell SS, Kris Bryant LF, Jorge Soler RF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Mike Olt 3B, Welington Castillo C, Eric Jokisch P and Matt Szczur CF has the tough task of facing the Angels’ Jered Weaver.
The Cubs and Angels will not see one another until next spring after tonight. The Angels outlasted the Cubs 10-9 on Will Ferrell Day in Tempe two weeks ago in the only other matchup in Cactus League play between the two teams.
Eric Jokisch is filling in for Jon Lester for the second time. And the young lefty is expected to see an Angels’ lineup with both Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the starting nine.
Tonight all starts with Eric Jokisch …
Eric Jokisch makes his second straight spring start and fourth appearance in the Cactus League tonight. Jokisch has shown at times he has the stuff to be successful in a big league rotation. Command, mechanics and lack of consistency have hurt Jokisch in the Cactus League.
After a bad outing against the Rangers on March 8 in which he gave up four earned runs on six hits in two innings, Jokisch tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta in Las Vegas. Jokisch started his first game against the Mariners his last time out.
The Mariners scored three unearned runs on three hits in three innings in the rather high scoring game that was supposed to feature a spring match-up of Jon Lester and Felix Hernandez.
Eric Jokisch has allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits with a HBP, two walks and six strikeouts over eight innings (four games) in Cactus League play.
Jered Weaver takes the hill for the Angels as he prepares for Opening Day. Weaver has been pitched extremely well this spring and makes his fifth start tonight.
Weaver is coming off a 5 1/3 innings shutout performance in Tempe against the Giants. Weaver gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out six batters.
With two starts left, counting tonight, before Opening Day, Weaver has allowed three runs on 12 hits with four walks and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …