Spring Training Game Seventeen: Cubs (6-9-1) vs. Dodgers (8-2-5)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB.TV (Dodgers) – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 1.50, 1.33) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 3.60, 1.20)
The Cubs make the trip from Mesa to Glendale today to take on the reigning NL West Champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cubs have played better ball since their last spring meeting with the Dodgers. Joe Maddon had a pep talk, used the teams struggles as a teaching tool and the Cubs have won meaningless spring games since. Winning games, though, is a good thing, even in the Cactus League.
The Cubs lineup is not expected to have a designated hitter in it for the remainder of the Cactus League schedule. Maddon said the starting pitcher would get at bats beginning today. Maddon should start managing games like the regular season and playing his starters deeper into the games next week.
The Dodgers are broadcasting today’s game and the moving pictures can be seen on MLB.TV. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call on Cubs.com.
Jake Arrieta makes his third start today. Arrieta struggled with his mechanics in his first spring start and wasn’t very sharp. Arrieta gave up a run on a solo homer to Mitch Moreland on March 8 but he walked three with only two strikeouts. Arrieta made the adjustments and was very good against the A’s in Las Vegas last Friday.
Arrieta was charged with one unearned run on four hits in four innings. Arrieta didn’t walk a batter in Las Vegas while striking out three.
In two starts this spring, Arrieta has allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Jake Arrieta is scheduled for the first four innings this afternoon. C.J. Edwards, Hector Rondon, Joseph Ortiz, Pedro Strop and Gonzalez Germen are on today’s pitching roster in Glendale.
Brandon McCarthy got his career back on track last summer after the trade from Arizona to the Yankees. And McCarthy turned his success with Larry Rothschild into a rather large and surprising contract this winter. The Dodgers inked McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract and he will be paid $11 million of it this season.
McCarthy makes his third spring start this afternoon. McCarthy has given up one run in each of his first two appearances in the Cactus League. McCarthy surrendered one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout over three innings his last time out against the Reds.
For the spring, Brandon McCarthy has allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.
Joc Pederson is expected to be in center for the Dodgers this afternoon. And Don Mattingly is using the DH with Andre Ethier scheduled to get those at bats. Dustin McGowan, Adam Liberatore, Sergio Santos and Mike Adams are supposed to follow McCarthy to the hill this afternoon.
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