The Chicago Cubs head to Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are an even 3-3 on the Spring (remember last year when the Cubs started out the regular season 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, etc., all the way up to 10-10? Who would have thought that would be the high point of the season?). Ryan Dempster gets the start for the Cubs.

Today’s game is the second television broadcast of the Spring, and you can catch the game on WGN. This time, you’ll actually get Len and Bob. The game is also on WGN Radio if you prefer Pat and Zonk.

The game is at 2:05 CT, and we’ve also got a Game Thread going at the Message Board, for those of you who like to chat during the game.

Today’s lineup, which features the long-awaited debut of Geovany Soto, and no DH:

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Reed Johnson, LF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Geovany Soto, C

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Tony Campana, CF

9. Ryan Dempster, P

  • Spencer

    I thought they got up to like 12-12?

    • Brett

      Nope – sadly they went on a four game losing streak after reaching 10-10. And it was all over.

    • Gregb

      Yes and the cubs will also win the world series and the day after we will get hit by a giant meteor and the world will end

      • DocWimsey

        Birds, small mammals, lizards, etc., already have pretty good track records on surviving those. Oh, and insects, too. (Insert NY Baseball jokes here.)

      • Brady

        And we will die champions. I am fine with that.

        • DocWimsey

          At least wait until the celebration is over! In Boston, it lasted until October 2007: just in time for the next one to begin.

        • Gregb

          I concur

  • wernert

    It’s on the TV?!! And it doesn’t include Hawk?! And my wife is out of town and I can watch in relative peace and quiet?! Was this predicted on Mayan calendar?

    • hogie

      Ha! I have about the same situation! Wife is on girls weekend, it’s gonna be me, my dad and my two year old. I really can’t complain too much though, the wife is a massive Cubs fan too.

  • Derek

    Does anyone know if it’s on wgn radio?

    • Brett

      It is. I’ll add that.

  • Derek

    Thank you sir.

  • Brett

    Sveum says DeJesus is the leadoff man to start the year, and Soriano will bat 4 or 5. I suggest 4 against lefties, 5 against righties…

    • TWC

      I just totally read this on twitter. It must be trending.

  • Rev. Bud Green

    I have the WGN 720 app will they broadcast the game on it?

    • TWC

      Sorry, Bud, it’s available via the MLB app (or only.

  • brittney

    Looks like a line up we will see often thru out the season.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Nice to see Aramis hit into a double play…..for another team.

  • ferrets_bueller

    ….and nice to see Castro get a hold of one.

    • JasonB

      And to see Barney rip another ball into the gap. With three XBHs this spring, I think he tied his total from all of last season. I like this Darwin Barney – hopefully he can keep it up.

  • Ryan

    I thought Antonio Alfonseca was pitching for the Cubs just now. Mateo really looks like him. Maybe i’m alone on that thought.

    • AP

      I was just thinking the exact same thing. When I saw the home run I thought my fears were confirmed.

    • Dustin S

      I was about to say the same thing. Separated at birth. Mateo gives me the same heebie-jeebies as Alfonseca did when he pitches too.

      • Brett

        Yeah, we called him Alf ’round these parts last year.

  • T Wilson

    The only thing that helps distinguish b/w the two is a close up of the L hand. Alfonseca had the 6th digit.

  • Luke

    Phil Rogers (I know…) is saying the Cubs may have a $27 million deal with Jorge Soler, and that the Cubs “blew away” the other teams in the running for him.,0,4115284.story

    Not much in the article to support any of that.  His source is “an executive with a team” that also wanted Soler.

    • DocWimsey

      Given the names of the teams supposedly interested in Soler, and given that this is the last call at the bar before the new CBA, I’d be shocked if the winning offer (from whichever team it is) “blew away” the other offer. Indeed, I’d be disturbed to learn it was true: that would suggest that Theo & Hoyer (or whoever gets Soler) are/is over-valuing the youngster.

      • Luke

        Soler is going to get a lot more than he would under normal circumstances just because these are not normal circumstances.  I think this is going to come down to which team has the most money available to invest, not which team values Soler the most highly.  He’s going to get paid like one of the best prospects in baseball history no matter who signs him, but I don’t think he should be that highly.

        The luckiest prospect, perhaps, but not the best.


        • DocWimsey

          Oh, to be certain, Soler is going to make more $$$ than he would have done had the new CBA not been drafted. However, that also is why the winning bid should not be too far in front of the others: the Yanks, Sox, Phils, etc., all have been linked to Soler, all have $$$$ and none of them will be able to spend those $$$ like this after 2012.

          So, it’s not just the winning offer, but the #2, #3, etc., offers (about which we’ll never know for certain) that should be higher than “normal.”

          • jr5

            While I agree that those teams you mentioned should want to spend the money, I’ll also say that they’re all trying to win this year, with accordingly high major league payrolls. Whereas the Cubs do have a ton of money to spend, but are allocating it to things like international signings. The dollar value could come from a longer number of years as well, which would change my perception of it. What I’m saying is, those other teams might have wanted to spend a ton to get him, but were not able to, while this year’s Cubs were in a unique position to do so, even if they were bidding against themselves slightly.

    • JasonB

      It’s pretty clear to me that Theo was talking to Solers agent on the phone in that picture. That’s all the evidence that Phil needed.

    • Brett

      Oh, great, that dance again… people will just love when I write about this…