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cubs park shoesThe Rockies return to Cubs Park to face the .500 Cubs (oh yeah, Rox, how does it feel to be looking up a half-game in the standings?) and Travis Wood, who makes his second Cactus League start.

The game is available by audio on Cubs.com, for those who want to listen in.

Today’s lineup features a smattering of regulars, including Ryan Sweeney back in action (in right field), and Darwin Barney manning shortstop. Junior Lake is back in center field, and Donnie Murphy covers second base (while Luis Valbuena is at third). Nothing too terribly surprising in total, but maybe further confirmation of some things we already believe to be true.

Lineup:

  1. Junior Lake, CF
  2. Nate Schierholtz, DH
  3. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Welington Castillo, C
  6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  7. Donnie Murphy, 2B
  8. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  9. Darwin Barney, SS
  • hoosiercub

    I know it has been discussed in the past that Darwin’s SS play is to market him as a utility infielder that we can move at the trade deadline, but in light of the recent pre-season Schierholtz trade rumors, is it at all likely that we are trying to move Darwin before the season as well? We have a bit of a glut of capable infielders, especially since Bonifacio and Valaika have been playing reasonably well. Obviously they don’t have quite the defensive ability of Barney, but the hitting benefit could make up for that

  • Edwin

    Cool picture, but it looks like some guy with wierd shows got into your shot somehow.

  • ssckelley

    Wow, with the exception of Castro is this our opening day lineup?

    • Jon

      I know it’s pretty ugly but on the bright side at least there is no Mike Trout to “muddy it up”

      • ssckelley

        Aw come on Jon! Let’s trade for him.

        • Kyle

          We should offer Hendricks, Villanueva, Carreno, Edwards, Grimm, Olt, Ramirez, Pineyro, and Bryant for Trout and the Angels’ most recent first-round pick.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Shouldn’t Corey Black be on that list as well?

            • Kyle

              Sure. And also trade our upcoming No. 4 pick for whatever pick they have.

              • ssckelley

                Not necessarily swap picks, wouldn’t you think in this scenario the possibility exists the Cubs would have signed players that might have cost them the unprotected pick?

                • Kyle

                  No reason they’d have had to. But if you don’t want to include any pick at all, it doesn’t really change the equation.

          • ssckelley

            Thanks for doing that, I was regretting not proposing that instead of comparing the Cubs to the Angels earlier. I did not have the time to research all the players it would have impacted.

            • Kyle

              The Angels hang up immediately.

              • ssckelley

                Seriously? With potentially 3 top 100 players (counting the upcoming #4) with Bryant being the center piece?

                • Kyle

                  Yes. You are *wildly* overrating prospects.

                  They are nickels and dimes, maybe a few quarters. No matter how many you pile up, you aren’t going to reach a $100 bill like Trout. (well, literally you would eventually reach $100, but not with roster limits the way they are).

                  • DocPeterWimsey

                    Never mind roster limits: you can only play 9 guys at a time. Let’s stick to position players and say that Trout is an 8 WAR player. You basically have to offer them a package of guys who collectively sum to 8 WAR over what the Angels have now. Let’s say that league average WAR for a regular is 2 and that the Angels have just league average guys at 4 positions. Giving the Angels four 4 WAR regulars for Trout means that the Angels come out about even.

                    (Of course, if one of the players in the trade replaces Trout on the field, then it’s his value over whomever would replace Trout otherwise.)

                  • ssckelley

                    Possibly, if I am wrong oh well….won’t be the first and definitely won’t be the last.

                    But offering those slew of players, practically an entire farm system with 3 top 100 prospects along with 3 MLB ready pitchers seems like a pretty good deal. But I do see a little flaw in my logic as these group of players need to add up to 40 WAR over the next 4 years. I think the potential is there for Bryant to achieve a big chunk of that, but again it is potential.

                    In any rate, we are not getting Trout so let’s hope I am right and these players the Cubs have acquired over the past couple of years from sucking end up being worth more. But I will wave the white flag on this one, it has been fun.

  • Steve

    If we call the Angels and offer:

    Baez
    Bryant
    Castro
    Samardzjia
    Alcantara

    They still hang up. I would too.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Kris Melden will be having his 2nd TJ Surgery. Hey Braves we’ll take Lucas Sims, Jason Hursh, and Mauricio Cabrera for Samardzija. Thank you, come again

    • C. Steadman

      Hursh isn’t available to be traded until after the 2014 draft.

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Good point. Substitute Hursh for J.R. Graham who has huge upside but has durability issues

  • cub4life

    Brett,

    I’m following the game on the mlb scoreboard and is Kottaras in CF? That would be wild, even though I would believe what you have typed, with Lake out there.

    • C. Steadman

      “The intern who is running MLB Gameday will probably be reassigned to minor league camp by the end of the week, according to sources” -Buster Olney

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Haha is this serious? If anything goes wrong, blame it on the intern

        • C. Steadman

          Haha nope, I was just making a funny.

      • cub4life

        funny

        ‘Throw that high stinky cheddar’

        • C. Steadman

          “Way to go runamucker”

          • cub4life

            “Funky ……………”

    • cub4life

      Gameday has is Lake now. So much for our back-up catcher being able to start @ CF.

  • https://twitter.com/dwoytek dw8

    Gameday has Kottaras leading off in CF?
    Wouldn’t mind him leading off during the year, but in CF? ;)

    • ssckelley

      I can see him batting lead off with the amount of walks he gets, but playing center field?

    • Edwin

      Maybe his range really improved with good offseason conditioning.

      • C. Steadman

        Showing off his utility skills for the scouts

    • ssckelley

      The broadcast just had Lake miss a fly ball in center field.

      • C. Steadman

        Yeah, they corrected it now. It did have Kottaras though.

  • Jon

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 55s
    Lake loses ball in sun in CF, results in triple by Arenado with 2 out in 3rd.

    “Mistake by the Lake”

    • gocatsgo2003

      We’re sure it wasn’t Kottaras out there?

      • Jon

        Yes. Our backup catcher is playing center field. Makes sense.

        • C. Steadman

          Easy Jon. Mlb.com Gameday made a mistake and had Kottaras out there for the first two innings. He was just joking around.

          • gocatsgo2003

            THERE IS NO ROOM FOR JOKES WHEN IT COMES TO OUR SPRING TRAINING CENTER FIELDER!!!

      • willis

        Followed up by a home run. Yikes.

  • YourResidentJag

    Tomorrow the Cubs will be on MLBNetwork vs Seattle.

    • willis

      At night too. And Baez is starting. I think McDonald is pitching and I’d like to get a look at him. I know about everyone has a DVR or something now, but it’s still fun to see the game live. Looking forward to that.

      • YourResidentJag

        Yeah, we get Cano too. Well, you may I get blackouts for Mariners, Angels, Rangers broadcasts if they play the Cubs because here in Iowa we’re a local market to everyone. :)

        • willis

          Oddly enough, the teams that get blackouts down here…Cardinals…ok whatever. Braves…I get it they’re on Sports South every night here. But the weird one is the Reds. Somehow Memphis is in the Reds’ market.

        • ssckelley

          I don’t think it works that way with MLB, I think the blackouts work the opposite way. In Iowa we get access to the Twins, Royals, Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, and White Sox and everything else is blacked out.

          • miggy80

            I flipped it over to MLB network on Saturday and the Cardinals vs. Marlins was blacked out. So to recap a spring training game being played in Florida was blacked out in Des Moines, Iowa. Hope messed up is that?

            • ssckelley

              Very! I don’t understand why they blackout spring training games anyway.

      • YourResidentJag

        Starts at 9 CT. I wonder if it’s live. Last year vs Mariners it was I believe.

        • willis

          I think it is because cubs.com has the game as a 9pm start time.

          And for the record, I’m glad Wood is not Zambrano. Otherwise Lake may show up dead in a gutter somewhere in Phoenix.

          • Edwin

            I wish he was as good a pitcher though.

  • willis

    Oh my, Wood getting knocked around pretty good now. 5 earned through 2.2. Not good Travis, not good.

    • YourResidentJag

      Is he throwing too many fastballs? ;)

    • Jon

      Travis Wood shitting the bed in 2014 would go a long way to the organization’s goal of the #1 pick in the 2015 draft.

      • Norm

        I think they’d rather he repeat his 2013 so they can potentially flip him the deadline.

    • MightyBear

      Are you listening to the game? The 4 runs scored were after two outs and a routine fly ball dropped by Junior Lake in the sun. The Cubs also kicked the ball around the infield on an infield single that let another run get in. Wood gave up some hard hits but should have been out of the third.

  • BT

    If only this were a Spring training game, and didn’t count. If that were the case, maybe it would be possible he was just working on specific pitches, and game results wouldn’t matter.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    13 to 0. Is it just me or has anybody noticed that with the exception on Castro this was probably our opening day lineup. Don’t worry it’s a fake game! It’s those no name guys trying to find a spot that have been winning those games recently. And by a good margin also.

    • ssckelley

      I read some where on twitter this lineup was used to get them experience against left handed pitching, especially the left handed hitters.

      • http://bleachernation.com woody

        But subtract Bonafacio and add Castro and you have our probable starting lineup for opening day.

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