The Cubs had some nice individual performances yesterday, including a home run by David Ross and another by Kris Bryant, but they couldn’t take down the mighty Clayton Kershaw, and their real (not real) Spring Training woes continue (1-6).
They won’t get a break today, though. After facing Kershaw yesterday, the Cubs get another Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians (2-4).
Although, the Cubs will counter with a Cy Young Winner of their own in Jake Arrieta’s Spring Training debut, as the regular starters are finally being worked in. After a planned late start to the Spring, each of the projected five starting pitchers will have finally made his debut by the time this week is up.
The game won’t be televised today – you can check which games will be televised here – but you can listen along at MLB.com, if you’re logged into your MLB.com account, or on the At Bat app.
Kluber is an excellent pitcher, but he will have to face a fair amount of regulars, as the Cubs are going with all of Fowler, Heyward, Zobrist, Rizzo, Montero, and Russell today.
Speaking of non-regulars, have you felt like you’ve seen a lot of Juan Carlos Perez, lately? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. He has appeared in each of the seven Cubs games he could have (teleportation having not been perfected yet, he couldn’t play in both games of the split squad day), and has started in four of them. With Matt Szczur (oblique) and Matt Murton (appendix) out, there have been plenty of opportunities for the former Giants glove man.
Also making many starts so far? Dan Vogelbach, who is back in there at DH.
Today’s Starting Lineup v. Cleveland Indians (Kluber):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Miguel Montero, C
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Dan Vogelbach, DH
- Juan Carlos Perez, LF
Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta