Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (0-1-1) vs. Reds (1-2)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CST
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Jon Lester (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Tony Cingrani (0-0, -.–, -.–)
The Cubs play only one game today and Joe Maddon will try to put a ‘W’ on the Cactus League standings board. All eyes will be on Jon Lester today as he makes his Cubs debut with David Ross behind the plate.
Jon Lester is scheduled to pitch two innings in what will be his unofficial first game action in a Cubs uniform. LHP Zac Rosscup, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Jason Motte and RHP Hector Rondon are also on the pitching schedule for Friday’s game.
LHP Phil Coke reported to Cubs camp and was reportedly in the clubhouse Friday morning. The team has not announced signing the veteran lefty reliever. Coke is scheduled to take a physical Friday, once he passes it the Cubs should make an official announcement.
The Reds could be a lot better than predicted this season. Joey Votto and company have owned the Cubs for the last four years while treating Wrigley Field as a home away from home. The Cubs will have to play better against the NL Central this season (33-43 in 2014) in order to reach their goals.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Lester turned 31 in January and was a combined 16-11 in 32 starts for the Red Sox and A’s with a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 2.80 FIP. Lester struck out 220 batters while walking only 48 in 219 2/3 innings.
Jon Lester faces the Reds for the first time in a Cubs uniform and he will see a lot of Cincinnati over the next six years … and possibly seven seasons.
Bryan Price gives the ball to Tony Cingrani today. The 25-year old lefty is incredibly talented and features excellent stuff. Cingrani was 2-8 in 13 games, 11 starts, for the Reds last season with a 4.55 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 5.37 FIP.
Cingrani is one of the many reasons that if things all fall the right way the Reds will finish the season with a better record than most of the projections.
Cubs Starting Lineup versus Tony Cingrani
- Chris Denorfia – RF
- Arismendy Alcantara – 2B
- Javier Baez – SS
- Mike Olt – 1B
- David Ross – C
- Junior Lake – LF
- Chris Valaika – 3B
- Welington Castillo – DH
- Matt Szczur – CF
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