The Cubs and Diamondbacks battle under the lights tonight, 8:40 PM CST to be exact, and the game is on CSN Chicago. Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Cubs tonight looking to build on a strong start his last time out. Decisions are looming in regards to who makes the team, and specifically who makes the rotation. The 5th spot looks to be coming down to Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson, I think Wood has that spot nailed down, but then that leaves a question mark of what to do with Jackson. A good start might go a long way for Jackson who I don’t think will be an effective arm out of the pen, he really hasn’t been effective in the rotation either, we’ll see.
1. Fowler – CF
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Soler – RF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Baez – 2B
8. Castillo – C
9. Jackson – SP
Jake Arrieta returns to the Cubs mound for the first time this spring today against the Rangers, I’m excited. Arrieta broke out in a major way last year, and now makes up a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Cubs rotation with Jon Lester. Once again, no TV for today’s game but you can catch Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer of WBBM 780(MLB.tv, link below), first pitch is 3:05 PM CST. Here is how the Cubs will lineup behind Arrieta…Nice to see La Stella still getting time at 3B, that guy will most definitely help Maddon out with versatility around the infield.
1. Alcantara CF
2. La Stella 3B
3. Baez 2B
4. Sweeney RF
5. Olt DH
6. Valaika 1B
7. Castillo C
8. Lake LF
9. Russell SS
SP – Arrieta
Big start for Samardzija, Dale Sveum said he wants to see Samardzija show command of his pitches and keep the ball down today against the Indians. Sveum continued, “He’s got to be able to use [off-speed pitches] in all situations,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “He learned a little bit of a lesson the last time out. You don’t overpower people in the big leagues unless you have a swing and miss fastball. He needs to use his movement, he needs to pitch inside, he needs to throttle bats. That’s what good pitchers do.”
Here’s how the Cubs lineup today:
Notes: Big, big roster decisions coming today, the Cubs brass will get together after the game today and all but finalize the 25 man roster. Sveum wants to treat the last 5 games or so as regular season games, so the roster needs to be set. Once it is set we will have all the info for you here on the blog so check back.
The Cubs exploded with the long ball in the 9th inning yesterday to beat the Reds 7-4. The Cubs entered the 9th inning tied at three, Welington Castillo led the 9th of with a HR, and Dave Sappelt rocked his former club with what turned out to be the game winning three run homer. Darwin Barney also chipped in with three hits on the afternoon.
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– George Cotugno
Matt Garza gets the start Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to face the Reds. Here’s the lineup:
Notes: The Cubs signed reliever Shawn Camp from the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Camp was more than serviceable with the Blue Jays last year, I wasn’t the only one surprised about him being released, he was too “I was a little surprised,” Camp said about being released. “I was having a good spring, came in on a Major League deal. They decided to go in a different direction. They decided to go with youth. For me, it was kind of a shock. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t surprise me. Trevor Miller was released by the Cubs as well, the 38 year old really didn’t have a spot in this organization once it was clear he wasn’t making the team.
The Cubs split a pair of games yesterday, winning 2-0 against the Padres and falling 3-2 to the Diamondbacks, tremendous effort from the Cubs arms yesterday.
Cubs face the Rangers today…… again. Matt Garza takes the ball today, hoping to get a good 5-6 innings of work in. The game can be listened to or watched live on Cubs.com. This is an exclusive broadcast, and I believe it is free, if it isn’t you can blame me for lying to you. Here’s how the Cubs lineup today. Go Cubs!
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– George Cotugno
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, the Cubs celebrate by playing two games, one of which is in Vegas.
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