Pre-Gamin’: Giants v. Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

hohokam-park-signIt’s the first CSN game of the Spring, which reminds me of a point: I understand that, for production reasons, it makes more sense for television broadcasts to ramp up later in the Spring. But if you guys want better ratings, and want to better serve your audience, you’ll start showing more of the early Spring games. Not only is that when folks are *ravenous* for baseball action (it wanes by the end of March, because the idea that it’s all fake starts to overwhelm the desire for baseball, especially when “real” baseball is right around the corner), but it’s also when folks would get to see more of the interesting prospect-y type players.

Travis Wood gets the start today against the Giants, and you can also catch audio of the game online at Cubs.com/MLB.com. The game is on MLB.tv, obviously, in addition to CSN, and will be replayed on MLB Network at 6am CT.

The lineup, which includes Steve Clevenger at first base (Dale Sveum today hinted that Clevenger is going to win the final bench job):

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Brent Lillibridge, SS

3. Steve Clevenger, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

22 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Giants v. Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.”

  1. DarthHater

    You are totally right about broadcasting the early spring games, Bert. I was psyched early on, but by the last week of March, I just want the exhibition season to be over.

  2. Seth

    I think you are spot on Brett. When watching spring games my anticipation is the greatest at the start of ST. Also, I much rather see the prospects and such that are in the lineups at the beginning of ST, don’t really get the chance to see them now.

    1. Spencer

      There are a lot of people that don’t share that sentiment about prospects, though, and would rather see regular, every day players instead.

    2. cubfanincardinalland

      Anybody who has ever been to a spring training game in person, the bloom kind of comes off the rose. The veterans really could give a damn, just trying to get it over to get to the fishing spot or the golf course. To have it as long as it was this year is ridiculous, and about the money as usual.

      1. hansman1982

        I guess since the WBC is about getting more fans into the sport around the world which will increase revenue…then yes, the longer ST this year was about the money.

  3. Westbound Willie

    The anticipation that real baseball is just around the corner is a myth. See the Loch Ness monster has a higher probality.

  4. Alex

    In the network of Reinsdorf and Corno, the Cubs will never be a priority.

  5. Coldneck

    That lineup is pure shit. Scary thing is we’ll probably see something like it in July, sans Gonzalez, of course.

    1. Coldneck

      Yes, It becomes terrible instead of pure shit when you add Castro and Rizzo. I don’t think Castillo and Barney add anything to the order, however. For this team to be competitive we need a compete surprise out of 3b – somethink like Stewart returning in May and hitting 20 HR, Soriano to repeat 2013, and Scheirholz/Sappelt to hit 30 HR. In other words, we’ll win 70 games if our pitching isn’t terrible.

  6. BFulp12

    Not too bad when you add Castro, Rizzo, Castillo and Barney to the lineup.

    1. brickhouse

      It is still one of the worst offenses in baseball. The lineup still needs a lot to be competitive

  7. Segal27

    I’m at the game today and its really hot, so that is a thing.

    1. Drew7

      Sure beats the foot of snow we got last night.

  8. Saving grace

    Clevenger wins final bench spot