Spring Training Game One: Cubs (0-0) vs. Brewers (ss) (0-0)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CST
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Maryvale
Travis Wood (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Chase Anderson (0-0, -.–, -.–)
Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the Air! It’s the 2016 Cactus League Opener … the Cubs versus the Brewers from Maryvale Baseball Park. The long, cold winter without at least exhibition baseball games ends today.
Joe Maddon’s team begins the 32-game exhibition schedule today. The Cubs have two split squad games on the spring slate (March 7, March 12) with the only day off on March 21. The Cubs last game in the valley is against the Rockies at Sloan Park on March 30. The Cubs face the Mets in Las Vegas for the annual Big League Weekend at Cashman Field on March 31 and April 1. The last practice game of the spring is against the Angels on April 3 in Anaheim.
The Cubs open the 2016 season on April 4 and play the first two games of the year against the Angels, Opening Night on April 4 and April 5.
The Cubs are ready for the games to begin. Joe Maddon said Wednesday not to look too much into his spring lineups. “You’re gonna see everybody play. Nothing can be read into anywhere.”
Maddon posted his first lineup of the spring: Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Jorge Soler RF, Miguel Montero C, Javier Baez CF, Tommy La Stella 2B, Dan Vogelbach DH, Munenori Kawasaki SS
Travis Wood is scheduled to pitch the first two innings. Wood will make his second straight start in the Cubs spring opener. Kyle Hendricks is supposed to follow Wood in today’s pitching rotation. Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser and Spencer Patton are also on the pitching schedule for Thursday.
The Cubs travel squad for Thursday includes Jeimer Candelario, Arismendy Alcantara, Willson Contreras, Taylor Davis, Kris Negron, Albert Almora Jr., John Andreoli and Juan Perez.
Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call of today’s game on Cubs.com.
The 2016 Cactus League schedule all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off a good season pitching out of the bullpen for the first time. Wood was 5-4 in 54 games, nine starts, with four saves, a 3.84 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. As a reliever, Wood went 3-2 in 45 appearances with a 2.95 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Wood is competing for a spot in the backend of the rotation. The Cubs are stretching him out as a starter but he’s expected to be one of the Cubs’ utility pitchers when the season begins.
Kyle Hendricks has a spot in the rotation. Basically Maddon has said either the fourth or fifth spot is his to lose. Hendricks dealt with inconsistent mechanics during his first full season in the Cubs rotation and still put up solid numbers. Hendricks was 8-7 in 32 games with a 3.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Hendricks averaged less than six innings per start and must figure out how to get batters out the third time through a lineup.
The Brewers have two games today. While half of the roster hosts the Cubs at Maryvale, the other half of Craig Counsell’s spring team makes the trip to Scottsdale to take on the Giants.
The Cubs get their first look at Chase Anderson in a Brewers’ uniform. Anderson was dealt to the Brewers from the Diamondbacks along with Isan Diaz and Aaron Hill for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner at the end of January.
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