Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (6-13-1) vs. Reds (9-11-1)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Jason Hammel (2-0, 0.90, 0.90) vs. Alfredo Simon (0-0, -.–, -.–)
The Cubs return to Cactus League action this afternoon with a trip to Goodyear to take on the Reds. The Cubs are 1-1 in the first two spring games with their division rival. The next time the Cubs see the Reds will be for the home opener at Wrigley Field on April 11.
The Cubs have nine more games in the Valley before leaving Arizona for a pair of game with the Mets in Las Vegas (March 31-April 1). The Cubs wrap up the exhibition season on April 3 at the ‘Big A’ against the Angels.
Jason Hammel has put together a good spring and will look to keep the Reds in check for at least five innings today.
Kyle Schwarber is expected behind the plate with Hammel on the hill. And Matt Szczur is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut.
Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call on Cubs.com. Moving pictures resume Wednesday and there is only one more game on the Cactus League schedule that is not televised.
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel takes the hill in the Cactus League for the fourth time this spring. Hammel is coming off another strong outing. Hammel limited the high-powered Diamondbacks to one run on five hits in four innings on St. Patrick’s Day.
Hammel worked well with Kyle Schwarber and found a rhythm with the young catcher. Hammel kept the ball down and in the park. Hammel settled in after a shaky first inning and likely would have gone a little longer if the Cubs offense did not extend the home-half of the innings.
In three Cactus League starts, Hammel has allowed one run on eight hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts in 10 innings. Hammel should go at least five innings this afternoon while likely targeting a six-inning outing.
Alfredo Simon is back with the Reds after spending a rather rough year in Detroit. Simon recently re-signed with the Reds and makes his first Cactus League start today.
Simon was 13-12 in 31 starts for the Tigers last season with a 5.05 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Simon found out life in the American League is a lot more difficult than the National League. Simon was very good for the Reds and really dominated the Cubs during his three years in Cincinnati.
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