Cubs vs. Diamondbacks in Mesa
Cubs vs. Rockies in Scottsdale
Happy March Madness, even better? Two Cubs games in one day, check back tonight for full recaps from both games!
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Randy Wells turned in an outstanding performance against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon, going three scoreless innings, Travis Wood, not so much. Wood was lit up like a Christmas tree for the second time this spring, ending the day with a 1/3rd of an inning pitched giving up 6 runs (5 earned), on 3 hits, 2 walks, while striking out one.
Another day, another fantastic start from a Cubs pitcher. Chris Volstad was stellar again for the Cubs, going 3 innings allowing just two hits, and striking out one. Volstad has now gone 6 innings this Spring and has yet to yield any runs. The Cubs also got solid performances from Jay Jackson, Scott Maine, and Alberto Cabrera. Andy Sonnanstine was roughed up a bit but the Cubs managed to hang on with Cabrera earning the save.
The Cubs have assigned RHP Esmailin Caridad, and RHP Casey Weathers to minor league camp. In addition to moving Weathers to the minor league camp, the Cubs also removed him from the 40-man roster. The major league camp roster stands at 55, and the 40-man roster is now down to 39. I’m sure these types of moves will be happening daily as we inch closer to opening day where the Cubs will need a 25-man active roster. Stay tuned to the blog for the latest updates.
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Cubs hit the road on Tuesday to face the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale. Chris Volstad makes his second start looking to build on his first start of the Spring which was dominant. Here’s how the Cubs lineup today…
The good? A cubs late inning rally for a victory. The bad? Another Carlos Marmol implosion with a lead in late innings, the whispers will inevitably start now. Is Marmol the guy for the closer job once the season opens? History suggests that he should be given his experience as the closer, but last year was a huge step back, and so far this spring not much has changed. Theo, Jed, and Sveum have all gone on record saying how deflating a blown save is for a ball club, not just that day, but the days and weeks that follow. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as the Spring progresses, the Cubs need Marmol at the top of his game, if he’s not, he won’t be closing.
Paul Maholm toes the rubber for his first start for the Chicago Cubs today against the Cincinnati Reds. Maholm will be limited to 2 innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first. 3:05 PM Central first pitch, game will be on WGN radio, LIVE TWEETING the game as much as possible today, here’s how the Cubs lineup…
RF Brett Jackson
CF Marlon Byrd
3B Ian Stewart
LF Alfonso Soriano
1B Bryan LaHair
C Geovany Soto
2B Darwin Barney
DH Steve Clevenger
SS Junior Lake