Spring Training Game Fourteen: Cubs (4-8-1) vs. Reds (5-6)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV9 – Radio: WBBM 780-AM
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Travis Wood (0-0, 3.60, 1.40) vs. Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.80, 1.00)
After playing four games in two days and posting a 3-1 record, the Cubs return home this afternoon for just one game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Joe Maddon’s men host the Reds for the second time and final time in the Cactus League. The Cubs lost to the Reds 5-2 in Jon Lester’s debut and half the roster will make the trip to Goodyear the last full weekend of Spring Training (March 28) to square off against the division rivals one more time before it matters which team wins and which team loses.
Travis Wood faces his former team this afternoon and will have to deal with a lineup featuring Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton. Both players have missed time due to injury. Mesoraco and Hamilton seemingly have their best games against the Cubs so it would make sense to ease them back into the spring facing Cubs’ pitching.
The first round of spring roster cuts could come as early as Monday, so some guys might have the opportunity to make one more impression on the big league staff before they are either optioned to the minors or reassigned to minor league camp.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer have the play-by-play on WBBM this afternoon. And the moving pictures with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will be on WGN-TV9.
Today all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood makes his third start of the spring this afternoon. Wood was sharp his first time out against the A’s. Wood attacked the strike zone, found a rhythm and looked good on March 5.
Wood struggled with his command against the Indians his last time out and appeared to be rather tentative on the mound. And his defense didn’t help him.
Travis Wood was charged with four runs, two earned, on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts in three innings. For the spring, Wood has allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits without a walk and four strikeouts in five innings.
Johnny Cueto hasn’t signed an extension with the Reds but one of the best starters in the game will make his third start in the Cactus League today.
Cueto has been pretty good his first two times out. Cueto surrendered a hit without a walk over two scoreless innings against the Indians on March 5. Cueto picked up two strikeouts during his first spring outing. The Brewers scored a run against Cueto on three hits in three innings his last time out.
For the spring, Johnny Cueto has allowed one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings (two starts).
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