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cubs park springThe Cubs will try again today after inclement weather scuttled both of their games yesterday. The Royals – and third base coach Dale Sveum – come to Cubs Park to face Edwin Jackson in his Spring debut. Carlos Villanueva will also see a couple innings of work, after Jackson.

The game is on WGN Radio today.

After what were to be a couple prospect-filled games yesterday, today’s affair features a relatively “regular” starting lineup:

  1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  5. Ryan Sweeney, DH
  6. Welington Castillo, C
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. Donnie Murphy, 3B
  9. Darwin Barney, 2B

Interesting that, even with Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano in the lineup, it’s Emilio Bonifacio getting the start in center field. I’ll have more thoughts on his role soon, but it’s clear that the Cubs will want to make sure he can play all over if they’re going to count on him as a super utility type.

  • Mike

    Really wish we could get someone to stream these games that aren’t televised (especially the prospect-y game tomorrow). Brett, gonna need you to be that guy when you get down there. :)

    • Patrick G

      Tomorrow’s cubs-brewers game I believe will be telecasted on MLBnetwork

      • Mike

        I know, that looks like the less interesting game though.

    • YourResidentJag

      It is at 4pm CT. If it’s not blacked out that is–it’s a Brewers telecast. And for those of us who live in Iowa….you know what that means.

  • jrayn

    Arrieta throwing off mound per Jesse Rogers’ Twitter. Sweet!

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Really good news if true. That would put him 15 days behind Jackson. And a mid-April debut. Might miss 2 starts.

  • itzscott

    I sent Happy a telegram yesterday telling him that he’s not winning over fans by wasting game time on Valaika & McDonald.

    Happy made me happy today.

  • salesguy

    Interesting line up, and one that I suspect, (save for the DH) we may see at a couple of points this year. You can switch out Bonifacio, Sweeney, Riggiano, and Lake in some combination or another. But, with the exception of Olt not being in the lineup, I don’t hate it. Though I believe Starlin will be our 3 hitter by years end.

  • Lou Brown

    That is about the most uninteresting lineup they could play from my perspective. Glad this is one that is not televised. Although I would like to see Castro and Rizzo get something going. Everyone else in that lineup will be long gone by the time this team is competitive. I want more of the four horsemen! Oops forgot about Castillo, I guess he will be core as well..

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Willing to bet Castillo is around for that. As well as two of Barney-Scheirholz-Ruggiano-Sweeney. Of The bench at least in that latter group.

      • Eternal Pessimist

        I can’t really see a scenario where Barney returns. He is barely worth his contract this year and in his final arb year will be expecting a significant raise. He will price himself out of the Cubs market (bench utility guy with all the infielder prospects coming up). I would see that he either performs well enough to trade for “something” or we just part ways after the season.

        In fact, I’m not sure I see any of those guys sticking next year, but I think it was Ruggiano that sounded so happy to be at Wrigley, so who knows.

  • waittilthisyear

    bonafacio. what a nice little addition so late in the off season. and for peanuts. could very well prove to be the best addition to this year’s team. i’m aware that is not a ringing endorsement of this offseason’s additions, but lets try and remain positive here

  • bonger0493

    Why are they talking blackhawks on wgn instead of baseball?

  • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

    In the A’s v. Angels action to ex-Cubs batting both 7th: Sam Fuld and Carlos Pena.
    Mets game: Matz looked pretty good. Cardinals broadcasters telling us how awesome the Cardinals are.. ;)

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Its pretty much a self worship cult. They will regret trading freeze, this Wong kid can’t hit a lick.

      • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

        Don’t tell them that….But they would say: we got more Wongs that aren’t Wrong!

        • http://bleachernation.com woody

          Better that you don’t get started with that. Sensativity training anyone?

          • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

            Pun, not a slur. His name allows for it.

            It wouldn’t be something said aloud – probably by their crusty scouts.

            Too sensitive is as bad as not sensitive enough.

            And finally, I wish him the best of success. I don’t care about his cultural origins, just whether he slashes .280/.350/.440….

  • another JP

    EJax in mid-season form…

    • BlameHendry

      Yup, EJax is ready!!

  • bonger0493

    Does anyone have video through mlb.tv for this game?

    • Dustin S

      I have mlb.tv, but the game today isn’t on it. Actually there are only a couple more ST Cub games with video (anywhere) until March 12th, but starting then almost all games will be on one of them between mlb.tv, MLBN, CSN, or WGN. Tomorrow’s game will be on, but most Cub games until the 12th will be audio-only.

  • Kyle

    Castro was shaken up while being caught stealing and left the game. No word on severity.

    • Lou Brown

      Time for another God’s Wrath post?

  • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

    “Barely cleared the fence.” – does it matter? Does it salve the pitcher’s pride that got ding donged?

    Of course, it would be very mean to say, “anything that goes that far oughta have a airline stewardess.” But at least its sorta funny if you aren’t the launching pad pitcher.

  • solomo11

    Slight hamstring pull for Castro, doesn’t seem serious.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I know it’s early, but I just don’t see any variation of lineups with our current personell that are going to score many runs. I wonder if we fielded a team of our top prospects and played them for a full season, who would come out with the better record? This year could be brutal.

  • BlameHendry

    Good thing it rained so much yesterday. 0-3 is better than 0-5.

  • Javier Bryant

    Barney seems to be hitting pretty well so far in spring training

  • Lou Brown

    Back to back doubles by Baez and Rizzo. I could get used to that…

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Rizzo BABIPreDy heading up.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    *already*

  • Kyle

    Vitters is playing 1b again. I don’t know what that means, but they sure aren’t acting like he’s a candidate for the 5th OF spot this spring.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      I thought what players do in ST is meaningless ;)

      • Kyle

        Their performance is meaningless. But presumably their playing time patterns can tell us something about how the organization seems them.

    • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

      Lets hypo: if Castro’s hammy is a bit more serious, or reoccurring/nagging, are the Cubs gonna just wiggle Murphy or Barney or Emilio Bonifacio into time at the SS, and let Baez stay in Iowa until June/September no matter what? (Being the judicious dollar spenders they are…Arb clock..yada yada.)

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Yes they aren’t going to rush him I think they really want to see how he handles AAA before thinking about calling him up.

        • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

          Here’s hoping Baez rocks AAA.

          Early June.

      • Kyle

        Yes.

        If Castro were out on Opening day, you’d have three of the following four in the starting lineup: Valbuena/Barney/Bonifacio/Murphy. The fourth would be on the bench with Watkins or Roberts.

        (as always, Olt could possibly throw himself in there somewhere as well).

        • Cheese Chad

          100% agree. I know you all wanted my support.

        • Bill

          That lineup would be akin to the Yankees “Murderers Row”. :-)

          • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

            We’d have to look forward to the 2015 Cubs. With whatever mythical lineup serves to make us closer to the Big Red Machine…I’d like that offense.

            • Bill

              That would be something. I hated the Reds with a passion during the mid 70’s but that was one helluva lineup.

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