Pre-Split-Squad-Gamin': Cubs at White Sox, White Sox at Cubs (3:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Split-Squad-Gamin’: Cubs at White Sox, White Sox at Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

BASEBALL. IS. BACK.

For a while there, I wasn’t sure if the next Cubs game (Spring Training or otherwise) was going to be in March or May. But MLB and the Players Union got together on a new CBA in just enough time to preserve a full regular season and get Spring Training off the ground in March. For that, I am thankful.

And although the Cactus League schedule has been condensed, the Cubs and White Sox got together and added two extra split-squad games to the schedule today, both of which will be televised!

Kyle Hendricks is starting for the Cubs at Sloan Park, and he’ll be followed up by the Cubs 2021 first round draft pick Jordan Wicks, in what will surely be the preferred contest for most Cubs fans this afternoon. That game will also feature top prospects Pete Crow-Armstrong and Brennen Davis. I’m extremely excited.

The away game isn’t without its draws, however. Specifically, I’m going to try to tune in to see as much of Kevin Made as possible, as well as Nelson Maldonado. I’ve also heard a lot of good stuff about the power of Bryce Ball, so I’ll be trying to watch his at-bats too.

Obviously, there are basically no “regulars” in either lineup, outside of backup catcher Yan Gomes and Hendricks, but baseball is baseball and I’m so glad it’s back. GO CUBS.

Game 1 Info

Chicago White Sox @ Chicago Cubs – Thursday, March 17 at 3:05 CT on MARQ, MLBN

Starting Pitchers

White Sox: Kyle Kubat (L)

versus

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Ildemaro Vargas, 2B
2. Yan Gomes, C
3. Brennen Davis, CF
4. Jared Young, 1B
5. Pete Crowe-Armstrong, LF
6. Chase Strumpf, 3B
7. Donnie Dewees, RF
8. Dixon Machado, SS
9. Trent Giambrone, DH

Chicago White Sox:

1. Yermin Mercedes, DH
2. Zack Collins, C
3. Micker Adolfo, LF
4. Blake Rutherford, RF
5. Danny Mendick, SS
6. Luis Mieses, 1B
7. Yolbert Sanchez, 2B
8. Oscar Colas, CF
9. Bryan Ramos, 3B

Game 2 Info

Chicago Cubs @ Chicago White Sox – Thursday, March 17 at 3:05 CT on NBC Sports Chicago, WMVP 1000

Starting Pitchers

White Sox: Wes Benjamin (L)

versus

Cubs: Ben Holmes (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Z. Davis, CF
2. P.J. Higgins, C
3. Andy Weber, 2B
4. Nelson Maldonado, DH
5. Bryce Ball, 1B
6. Levi Jordan, 3B
7. Darius Hill, RF
8. Kevin Made, SS
9. DJ. Artis, LF

Chicago White Sox:

1. Jose Rodriguez, DH
2. Andrew Vaughn, RF
3. Gavin Sheets, 1B
4. Jake Burger, 3B
5. Dwight Smith Jr., LF
6. Romy Gonzalez, SS
7. Zach Remillard, 2B
8. Seby Zavala, C
9. Yoelqui Cespedes, CF



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami