Cactus League is upon us!

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Keep an eye on the Chicago Cubs’ Cactus League schedule this month as we work towards Opening Night!  As I wrote up last night, Len Kasper will call at least some of the Cubs games and you can listen for free on Cubs.com if you have a Gameday Audio account (you can set up a username for free, but once the season hits you’ll have to pay).

From Muskat, our initial starters for Thursday’s split squad openers, including the spring opener at the new Sloan Park:

The Cubs open the Spring Training schedule with split squad games Thursday. Travis Wood will face the Athletics in Mesa, while Jacob Turner will start against the Giants in Scottsdale on Thursday.

 

This is particularly important because the first four spots in the rotation are set with Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks, and the split-squad games will feature at least two of the guys battling for the fifth rotation spot.  According to Arizona Phil, neither Wood nor Turner have options left, so this will take some fancy finagling if the Cubs want to keep both in the fold (or trade one, whatever).

Let's Go!
Let’s Go!

The game in Mesa is available to listen to for free, but the game against the Giants may have to be done through SF’s feed.  There are no scheduled television broadcasts of Cubs games until next Tuesday.

As for who’s playing?

Yeah it’s spring, so don’t read too much into anything.  Most guys are just “working on stuff” and the guys who are on the bubble to make the team are usually the ones who really try to produce, whereas the veterans or near-locks are just getting into game shape.  It’ll be fun if the Cubs can sweep the split-squad games, but victories at this point don’t matter even if Joe Maddon wants to keep that vibe going all the way from Thursday to the playoffs.

Spring baseball!  Exciting!

UPDATE 3/5 11 AM: Jesse Rogers tweeted out the lineup cards.  First up, the game in Scottsdale:


 Then, the one at home in Mesa:


Awesome x 2.
 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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