hohokam-park-signThe soon-to-be hosts of HoHoKam take on the current hosts today when the A’s face the Cubs in Cactus League action. That is to say, the A’s are moving to HoHoKam next year when the Cubs move to their new spring facility.

Scott Feldman makes his Cubs debut in this one, as he starts to tune up for his presumed number four job in the Cubs’ rotation.

Each of Jorge Soler and Javier Baez get a start in this one, so it’s a fun dreaming day.

Today’s game is available on audio via MLB.com and Cubs.com.

The lineup:

1. Dave Sappelt, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Scott Hairston, DH

4. Darnell McDonald, RF

5. Jorge Soler, LF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Javier Baez, SS

8. Brent Lillibridge, 1B

9. Junior Lake, 3B

  • Jacob

    Why don’t they show more games on mlb.tv? Is there some technical reason or they just don’t want to film every game?

    • Rcleven

      Cameras are rolling every day.
      White Sox are giving it away free yesterday and today.
      Take a hint Cubs.

  • Rcleven

    The Bad Guys:

    1 Crisp CF
    2 Sizemore 2B
    3 Reddick RF
    4 Moss 1B
    5 Donaldson 3B
    6 Nakajima SS
    7 Norris C
    8 Choice LF
    9 Head DH

    • Seth

      Who’s pitching for the A’s?

      • Cubbie Blues


        • Seth


  • Bigg J

    Right now who is the going to be the first set of cuts?

    • Rcleven

      Most of yesterdays (AAA) pitcher would be a good start.
      Raley can’t seem to find home plate. 49 pitches 22 strikes 1wild pitch.
      Chapman 31 pitches 15 strikes before 1st out recorded.
      A lot of spring action left. They would be the first two I would send back to Fitch.

  • Danny Ballgame

    Can’t wait to see some more footage of Lake, Baez, and Soler. Getting way too excited for spring with a bunch of guys that won’t be in the bigs for at least another year

  • preacherman86

    I’ve been wondering for awhile now, in looking at different prospective lineup ideas, everyone is saying outside of the top 4-5 we are up a creek without a paddle. laying it out as follows I am curious why people say it’s so dire?
    1. David DeJesus – OBP plus turned it on a bit more in the second half
    2. Starlin Castro – high avg – decent power and speed could translate to great #2
    3. Rizzo – good power, good average, good OBP skills
    4. Soriano – good protection for Rizzo and a high level hitter, when he took a smaller slice of lumber last year, he dramatically improved, who is to say that won’t continue?
    5.Ian Stewart – if healthy and could get back to 25 hr power, toss him behind soriano and swing it.
    6. Castillo – wherever this guy hits, he is going to hit well for a catcher with some pop and some avg. for the position – he isn’t a free swinger either so that is a plus
    7. Schierholtz/Hairston – if we have the luxury of this platoon how can we complain? thats a combined 26 hr’s, 70+ rbi’s from our 7 hole, and this platoon could hit 5th if the FO wants, that production is worthy of the 5,6,7 spot no question in my mind – remember their stats are all less than full time!
    8. Barney – not a great bat, nor will he ever be known for the twig he takes to the box, but he can help manufacture runs and can get a bat on the ball – with some more progress maybe could see a .280/.340/.450 kind of player, not bad for a gold glove #8 hitter.
    9. enter the awesome NL rule, if you want to play the game, play both ways!! – same as hockey, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and every other non-contact sport, play two ways.

    In my mind that projects above Sveum’s thought of “functional” if they play as good as is foreseeable. Then if we do have the luxury of unloading soriano, De Jesus or both come summer you plug Jackson in the #1 and have an immediate upgrade and make the platoon both full time… still not losing a ton overall on the field considering the take we get in a trade. Point being there is all this naysaying going on already with the lineup, I see this as possibly a huge upgrade over last years lineup – don’t forget we started the first month of the year with Marlon Byrd trying to hit, emphasis on trying, Soriano with a slow start and zero power until the bat switch, Bryan LaHair (played well, but come on, no one was worried about him), Ian Stewart playing gimp, and Geovany Soto playing about as well as Koyie Hill (yes, that is a Koyie resurrection!!).

    Combine that put together with a rotation that included Volstad (now not in the bigs), first year starter in Shark (worked out real well), and a flyer and flippable piece in the recently injured Paul Maholm. This year we lost Demp, who cares, and picked up Edwin Jackson, Shark is proven over a full season, Garza, Feldman (who away from Arlington put up McCarthy like numbers), and Travis Wood (who has grown into a respectable 4/5 who gets outs and keeps the ball in play. That goes without swingman Carlos Villanueva who can step in at any moment, and our Maholm-esque-but-better signing in Scott Baker, who has proven himself as a legit 2 when healthy. All that with a bullpen that is stable and not including an influx of unknowns and unproven guys.

    Just saying, we look a lot better on paper than a year ago today! – and that is just at the big league level, where we are supposedly building from the bottom up – #excitement #winning #W.S. 2015

    • Danny Ballgame

      I think Stew is a huge “if”. I don’t trust that he can stay on the field for 80+ games, but if he reverts back to his pre-injury form, we could have a decent lineup.

    • hansman1982

      “9. enter the awesome NL rule, if you want to play the game, play both ways!! – same as hockey, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and every other non-contact sport, play two ways.”

      I thought about this the other day. If we want guys to play both ways, then why aren’t position players forced to pitch? 9 positions, 9 innings…

      • DocPeterWimsey

        That is the great hypocrisy of the “pitchers are not complete baseball players if they don’t hit” crowd.

        But flip-flop Rizzo and Castro in that lineup: the traditional ideas of what should bat #2 & #3 are backwards.

        • mudge

          Everyone who thinks differently from Doc is either a “hypocrite” or a “whiner,” apparently.

          • Spencer

            You were *this* close.

      • Leo L

        they are forced to play defense. sometimes even really forced to pitch. everyone has a spot on the field. a first baseman skills are different than CF. if not in american league and cant Dh they are forced to field. lots of players ahve better defenders on hte bench but they sit because the better batter is on the field as may happen to barney if he doesnt hit

    • illinicubfan

      Darwin Barney with a .790 OPS?

    • fromthemitten

      In this lineup I’d see Hairston hitting 5th or 6th his power is decent

  • Tim

    Is it possible to listen to the game On Cubs.com Over the iPhone?

    • Cubbie Blues

      With mlb at bat. I think you can even use the Lite version for Spring Training.

      • Tim

        Thanks man

  • CityCub

    When are they going to televise some spring training games? Or if they will at all. I know they had a few on WGN/CSN last spring.

  • jacob w

    Monday MLB network


    Why is Soler playing left all the time. Guys supposed to be a RF all day with a big time arm.

    • cubchymyst

      He just showed that big time arm

    • Rcleven

      Soler just answered your question.
      Getting better looks at other outfielders and if and/or they fit in.

      • Rcleven

        Soler in right field now.

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  • Saving grace

    I keep reading coments about Baez and Soler being in the line up in 2012 They both are just 20 and dont have a year of expierence yet and much to work on.Even if they light it up i cant see them breaking camp with them. Doing so would cost them a year of control. I see 2015 as their first full year in the majors

    • Jacob

      Nobody thinks that either of them are going to break camp with the Cubs. The most anybody can hope for is that they might have a chance to earn a September call-up.. and that’s wishful thinking.

      • Danny Ballgame

        Wishful thinking is still an understatement

    • Saving grace

      Sorry about that was typing on phone while working.It was suppose to be 2014
      ,not 2012.I can see one or both getting called up for a cup of coffee in Sept
      Then not being called up till after the June control line in 2014 to save a year of control.Theres no rush since they won’t be contending early in 2014.Then 2015 will be the first full year.They can get extra ab’s and time to work on things in minors and save a year of control

  • Rcleven

    Freakin walks.
    #No free bases. #Throw strikes

    • Rcleven

      Don’t see Feldman as good trade fodder at the trade deadline. He is what he is.
      Just feel he will hurt his numbers by his own accord.

  • Bill

    Stewart shouldn’t be hitting above 7th in the lineup. Let’s hope Vitters is the starting 3B by June.

    • Bigg J

      How is Vitters any better? He did real great last year

    • Danny Ballgame

      He needs to learn how to play the position and hit at the big league level first

    • Noah

      As the other two have said, Vitters is not the solution at this point. Aside from the questions about his approach, he’d be a butcher defensively at 3B. Best case scenario is that Stewart succeeds.

  • Rcleven

    Unearned but I take what I can get.
    3-2 Cubs end of 4.

  • Rcleven

    Barney. Hustle Hustle Hustle.
    Scoring from first.

  • Huch

    B-Jax taking the walk! Can’t understand how this guy isn’t going to be opening day CFer.

    • Noah

      Because he struck out in 42% of his Major League and 34% of his Triple A plate appearances last season. And he can’t prove that he’s fixed those problem in 60-70 spring training PAs. So he’ll have to prove he’s improved in Triple A, like he should be forced to.

  • Rcleven

    Stop the bleeding. Maybe Parker can finish this.

    • Noah

      I’d almost rather have the Cubs give up the lead and get one more turn at bat in a ST game.

  • Spencer

    Cubs win! Lewis’ line looks exactly like a game from Carlos Marmol in the first half of last season.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    1-for-10 RISP, not good guys!