Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (8-14-1) vs. Brewers (11-10-1)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Jon Lester (1-0, 5.14, 1.86) vs. Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 1.80, 1.00)
The Cubs return to beautiful Sloan Park this afternoon for their first home game in five days. Jon Lester gets the start in the last Friday in the Valley. The Cubs have three games this weekend at Sloan against the Brewers, Giants and Mariners. After a short trip to Tempe on Monday to take on the Angels, the Cubs wrap up their spring schedule in Arizona with back-to-back home games versus the A’s and Rockies.
The Cubs dropped the spring opener to the Brewers back on March 3. The next time the division rivals square off will be at the end of April (April 26-28) for a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Jon Lester takes the ball today in his third start in the Cactus League. Lester will look to build on his last outing while continuing to work on holding runners and throwing to bases. Lester is scheduled to throw 80 to 90 pitches today. And hopefully there is not something going on with him behind the scenes that have not been made public yet.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the moving pictures of today’s game on Comcast SportsNet. Mick Gillispie and Randy Wehofer have the ‘radio call’ on Cubs.com.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester threw the ball extremely well his last time out. Lester gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits to the Royals in five innings. Lester walked a batter and struck out four. Lester’s issues with throwing to bases overshadowed what was a good outing on the hill.
Lester makes his third Cactus League start of the spring today. Lester has allowed eight runs, four earned, on 12 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
The Brewers will test Lester today and make him field the ball. Maybe today Lester will make the plays necessary to field his position. It would be nice to have the story about a Jon Lester start be entirely about his pitching for once, even in Spring Training.
Jimmy Nelson has been really good this spring. Nelson limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits with no walks and a strikeout six innings his last time out. Nelson makes his fourth start in the Cactus League this afternoon.
In three starts, Nelson has allowed two runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 10 innings.
The Brewers have high expectations for Jimmy Nelson this season after posting an 11-13 record in 30 starts a year ago with a 4.11 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
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