Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (7-10-1) vs. White Sox (6-7-3)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (White Sox) – Radio: Cubs.com, 670 The Score (White Sox)
- Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Travis Wood (1-0, 1.80, 1.10) vs. Hector Noesi (0-0, 1.80, 0.60)
The Cubs hit the Spring Training road again and travel to Glendale for the second time this week, but today it’s to take on the White Sox.
It’s the first meeting of the year between the Cubs and White Sox and even in the spring these games mean a little more. The Cubs square off against the Sox eight times this year, including the two games in the Cactus League. The White Sox make the trip to Mesa next Friday (Mar. 27) then the crosstown rivals won’t see one another again until July. The Cubs host the Sox the last weekend before the break (July 10-12) and the season series wraps up in mid-August (Aug. 14-16) on the South Side.
The Cubs and Sox made major overhauls to the roster this winter and both teams have playoff aspirations. While some in the game think the Cubs could make a push for the post-season and should finish around .500, there are those in baseball that think the Sox could win the AL Central if Robin Ventura can push the right buttons.
Today all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood takes the hill for the fourth time this spring today. Wood is coming off a very good start against the Reds. Wood threw five innings of shutout ball and seemingly put it all together during the spring outing. Wood hit his spots after he found a rhythm.
Wood bounced back nicely from his previous outing … two of his three starts have been rather encouraging this spring. Wood has allowed four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in 10 innings in the Cactus League with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Based on multiple reports, Travis Wood has all but locked up the fifth spot in the rotation as long as he is with the team and avoids the injury bug.
Neil Ramirez, Blake Parker, Brian Schlitter, Jason Motte and Justin Grimm are on the pitching roster for today’s game.
Hector Noesi makes his third spring start today. Noesi hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12. And he limited the Giants to one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts over three innings. Noesi has given up one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts over his first two starts (five innings).
Zach Putnam, Zach Duke and Dan Jennings are scheduled to follow Noesi today.
Two players that have had a lot of success against the Cubs in regular season games, Adam Eaton and Adam LaRoche, are expected back in the Sox lineup this afternoon.
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