#Cubs lineup and early notes

John Lackey makes his second spring start on Wednesday when the Cubs travel to Surprise to face the Royals. He’ll also get a chance to hit — this will be the Cubs’ first game without using the DH this spring. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Soler LF

Baez CF

Guzman 1B

Andreoli RF

Lackey P

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Cubs.com and also on Comcast SportsNet.

Looking ahead, Jason Hammel will start Thursday at Sloan Park when the Cubs play host to the D-Backs. That game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Cubs also will play a B game at 10 a.m. Arizona time at Talking Stick against the Rockies on Thursday. Trevor Cahill, Adam Warren and Stephen Fife are scheduled to pitch in that game.

Pitching probables: Kyle Hendricks will start Friday when the Cubs face the White Sox in Glendale, and Pierce Johnson will start Saturday night against the Indians in Goodyear. Jake Arrieta will pitch in a Minor League game Saturday at Sloan Park.


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Aloha Folks- Have to give Lackey props, he went 5innings without walking anyone. I know it is early, I have noticed that Rondon has been shelled a couple of times this Spring. I hope it is just a “mechanics” issue and that he was having an off day. Mahalo!

I`ve posed this question in the past, k.g. and hope y`all do not mind my repeating it. Why did the Cubs` organization seriously pursue acquiring Craig Kimbrel in 2015? I suggest there was good reason.

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It’s always tough to gauge closers in Spring Training. Their main role in the season is to get the 25th, 26th, and 27th outs of the game, usually with very little room for error. In Spring Training, they come in during the 4th or 5th innings no matter what the game situation. It’s the same thing as when a team puts their closer into a game with a 7-run lead and they end up giving up 3 or 4 runs just because it’s not the same intensity or urgency that they are used to and hopefully thrive upon. Plus, pitching conditions in Arizona aren’t always ideal to begin with, so unless there’s a noticeable and significant drop in Rondon’s velocity or he looks completely lost out there, I wouldn’t worry too much about him yet.

Aloha Doug- very true; there are a lot of variables to account for. I am not worried yet either. As Carrie reported, 8 earned runs and 10 hits over his last 1 2/3innings. So, he needs to make his adjustments like everyone else. The one thing that I love about the BP, is that it is so stacked right now if whomever is chosen for it can all stay healthy, competition is a great thing. That is nothing against Rondon. But with so many capable folks in the pen, if something were to happen or a change needed to take place, Maddon and coaches have that versatility. Mahalo.

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