Cubs Game Preview & Thread: Peralta returns; Video on Vogelbach, Golen; Watch Manaea pitch tonight

Cubs Game Preview & Thread: Peralta returns; Video on Vogelbach, Golen; Watch Manaea pitch tonight

It's the Cubs vs. the White Sox today in Glendale at 2:05 CT. The Cubs will also play a split squad game and tune up Japan at 3:05 CT.

Today there is lots of baseball to watch, including the Cubs game, which will be on WGN today as well as

In the news...

  • It was late last night, so in case you missed it, Albert Almora broke his hamate bone. It's a small bone on the palm/pinky side of your wrist. It's near the surface and often broken due to contact with an object, so it's a common, but not serious injury in baseball. According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs expect the injury to heal in 3-4 weeks. Almora should be playing games by mid-May.
  • We threw this out on the Cubs Den Facebook Page earlier today, but the Cubs will get Starlin Peralta back as he has struggled this spring with the Diamondbacks. The Cubs won't need to put Peralta on their 40 man roster, they can just assign him to minor league camp. He's expected to begin the year with Daytona. We previewed him there. Peralta has one of the better fastballs in the Cubs system but he has a long way to go. It's easy to forget that he struggled at Peoria in 2011 and the early part of 2013. One scout told me he thinks he'll be a reliever but the Cubs will keep him as a starter until he proves otherwise. We pretty much expected to get Peralta back but the Diamondbacks have had a history of keeping Rule 5 picks, so it's good to know that it's official now.
  • Speaking of the Facebook page, you can get some news quicker that way. If you're on Facebook, please give our page a "like". You can also get fast Cubs news on Twitter by following @cubsden.
  • If you you still didn't get your MLB Draft fix from our first 2013 mock draft, there is a premium pitching matchup tonight: Sean Manaea of Indiana State vs. Thomas Windle of Minnesota. They are arguably the two best college lefties in the draft. You can catch a stream of the game on ulive. Just click live events and scroll down to that game.
  • A couple of videos for you at the very bottom of this article. The first is of Dan Vogelbach and the second is of Reggie Golden. They are both big hombres. Golden is built like a fullback. Each player singled. Video courtesy of @ericlpauly. If you're on twitter, give him a follow...

Today's Lineup...

Vs. White Sox...

  1. Valbuena 3B
  2. Barney 2B
  3. Castro SS
  4. Schierholtz RF
  5. Hairston DH
  6. Navarro C,
  7. Bogusevic LF
  8. McDonald CF
  9. Nelson 1B

Starting Pitcher Scott Feldman

5 things to watch for...

  • It's on TV! So we can truly "watch" this time. For many, it'll be their first look at new acquisitions Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston.
  • Starlin Castro will make his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.
  • Darnell McDonald is in CF today and his ability to defend there will go a long way in determining whether the Cubs keep him, be it in Chicago or Iowa.
  • Bryan Bogusevic is still red-hot and he's a keeper. He still has an outside shot at the 25 man roster, though as a lefty hitter who doesn't play a lot of CF, he's not the perfect fit.
  • The Cubs have a second game in HoHo Kam against Japan and I'm wishing that was the game on TV. Not only would it be fun to see the Japanese team play, but the Cubs are starting top prospects Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Dan Vogelbach. Speaking of Vogelbach, here are those videos...


Dan Vogelbach

Reggie Golden


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  • √out that Vogelbach speed to first. I see numerous infield hits.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Haha! If by numerous, you mean 2, maybe.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    But hopefully we can see him do quite a few trots around the bases this year instead.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was jogging because it was a clean single. Although he should hustle on every play.

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    I was surprised when Peralta was taken; way too early on him.

    I prefer Rule 5 picks like Rondon; older, and basically toward the end of their development. Hector Rondon will either make it or he won't. He's looked like a guy we don't have to hide, unlike Castillo or Patten, and looks ready for ML. Nice pickup.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    He may have been the best combo of ceiling and floor in that Rule 5 draft. FB looks a little down this spring, but seems to be adapting well with secondaries.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I wasn't surprised when he was taken, but I was mildly surprised who took him. You get a lot of young upside picks in Rule 5 these days (mostly pen arm types - Lendy Castillo is a perfect example). Peralta has a plus fastball, has flashed a plus slider (but inconsistent), and if Kevin Towers is to be believed, has shown a very good change this spring at times. By no means do I think Peralta is going to hit his top notes, but the ceiling is that ... intriguing.

    Now, the Diamondbacks were loaded with pen arms, though, so that made the pick a little odd. There was no way he would stick as a starter now, and he might not ever be a starter. There was a slim chance that maybe he stayed, but once they made all their winter moves, the meter did move sharply towards Peralta getting returned, barring the D-backs offering us something good.

  • To bad its the SOX announcers. I hate them! I like Steve, but you can put it on the board or you can shove it up your a$& ! !

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    In reply to plymkr:

    LOL! Totally agree. I don't know Hawk still has a job.

  • In reply to plymkr:

    Ugh! No kidding...Totally agree.

  • Harrelson (I don't like calling him Hawk as there is only only Hawk) drove at least 2 people out of his booth. Stoney has too big of a reputation for him to be driven out, so they had to settle their differences, or so we are told. I have my doubts. I think he is awful and its not just because I hate the Sox. I like the radio guys.It's a shame that the HOF for radio and TV guys is just based on longevity becuase he will eventully get it. That will be a travesty, but it won't be the first or last time that happened.

  • In reply to cubman:

    I don't like Hawk either. I think he's awful but Sox fans love him. I guess sometimes things are more about appeasing a fan base than providing quality.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    He's worse than awful. Ken Harrelson is the single worst sports announcer, local or national, in the United States. The feds should make an exception to the 1st amendment and take this guy's mic away.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Haha! If anyone is worth making an exception for, it's definitely Hawk.

  • Feldman looks bad. Everything is up in the zone and rolling instead of breaking.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Was thinking the same thing. No way he has the kind of stuff to get away pitching up in the zone like that.

  • He may not be the most selective hitter but few have the kind of plate coverage that Castro does. Just reached out and ripped a line drive to RF.

  • I know this isn't the 'A' squad, but these Cubs are going to struggle mightily to score runs. Gavin Floyd is a mediocre pitcher.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    I think they were going to struggle regardless of what they did against Floyd.

  • I know it's early, but I'm starting to think Feldman is this years Volstad.

  • In reply to cubman:

    ouch!... On the bright side, T Wood looked more like Volstad last Spring than even Volstad did....

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    How much did we pay Feldman again?

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Think it was 6 or 7M. Leaving everything up. Think we'll see better results if he locates better. If not, then I guess we sit tight and wait for Baker and/or Garza.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    As much as I hate to praise the White Sox broadcasters, Stone actually made a decent point. The dry Arizona air makes it difficult for sinkerballers, whereas they dominate in the grapefruit league. So, the nightmare numbers aren't something to be worried about -- yet.

  • It's early, but Feldman seems to be pitching himself out of that rotation spot he was earmarked to keep warm for Garza/Baker. Rusin's has done well thus far; it will be interesting to see if the Cubs re-think this slot in the rotation.

  • In reply to Upstate NY Cubs Fan:

    I don't think he's at risk. The Cubs signed him to be a starter. He'll get his shot during the season. If it continues to be awful, they'll rethink it then.

  • Sox beat up on the Cubs in Hoho as well.

  • Bogusevic a keeper? A 29 year old career MiLB corner OFer with a MiLB SLG of 407? No thanks. I'd rather have Joe Mather back.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    I wouldn't. Bogusevic has some talent. Was once a pretty solid prospect with the Astros. I'd keep him at AAA.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Oh, yeah, I can see having him around as AAA depth. I thought you meant as someone you would clear space on the 40-man for. I would hate to see them let go of a pitcher with good upside to make room for a guy like Bogusevic.

  • Looking at McNutt and Zych's motion today, really like McNutt's a whole lot more, but just not consistent with it.

  • If anyone has ever wondered why McNutt's results don't match his stuff sometimes,, today is a good example why he can struggle at times. Struggling with delivery, release point.

  • Baez just hit a 430 foot HR on to the street.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Or as he thinks of it: "the one I didn't quite get all of."

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Off the end of the bat, I'm sure.

  • MERCY!....Feldman picked a bad day of stop sniffing glue.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Is that Hawk Harrelson doing Lloyd Bridges on Airplane?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Lloyd doing Hack: "You can put it back in the tube"

  • Vogelbach drives in Sappelt (3 hits) to tie it.

  • In reply to TheFiveYearPlan:

    Nice. Good day for Sappelt too.

  • Villenueva throws home to save a run in a tie game; then leads off bottom of 9th with a double.

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    In reply to TheFiveYearPlan:

    That bat looks a lot better this year than last. Really going to be intrigued with what he does this season -- he could make life very interesting for the Cubs with a good season in Tennessee.

  • You where correct that would have been the game to televised.

  • 2nd homer for Baez! Walk off!

  • In reply to TheFiveYearPlan:

    He's pretty good ;)

  • I was just waiting for Golden to pull a hamstring on that single, ouch!!

  • In reply to kevie:

    Oooh...don't say that :)

  • So now Baez leads the entire team in HR's for ST with 4?

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    These stats don't count, unfortunately.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Might be a good thing for his ego. Evidently, he "called" the HR to Wellington Castillo before going up there and hitting it. Part of me loves it and part of me inwardly groans.

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    In reply to SVAZCUB:

    It ain't bragging if you can do it.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    I only feel this way because I've seen him play and heard him talking smack with his buddies.... I really don't think he is disrespectful to the game or his opponents. He is a very confident young man, that isn't quite where he needs to be from a maturity perspective. But it makes me "inwardly groan" that the kid cant have any fun playing or talking smack with his team mates without people taking things out of context.

  • With mixed reviews about Sappelt's play in CF, what's the plan there? Are we just going to march DeJesus up there against left-handed starters and let him hit his usual .160 against them? Can Lillibridge play center?

    Or maybe we can find a right-handed CF off the waiver wire? Surely, the next Reed Johnson is out there somewhere...

  • In reply to Taft:

    Didn't hear about Sappelt's play today? What was said?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Actually, nothing that I heard. I was wandering off topic. I seem to recall the general consensus here was that Sappelt's showed no signs of being able to cover center, and I was curious whether there were other candidates out there to share CF with DeJesus. Maybe there will be a righty CF on the waiver wire?

  • In reply to Taft:

    It was something we've heard in the past. I don't know if it's changed. He's played there a lot this spring and I haven't heard one way or the other on his defense. I think he'll probably be okay. Not sure the Cubs will want to create a roster spot for a 5th outfielder when they already have one on the roster.

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    John, please help post this if you could. we need 7 more for cubsden2 fantasy league still. CubsDen2 (ID# 126268) That is the league id name and number. The password is arguello. It is an auction draft and rotisserie settings. I set the draft time for the moment at wed, 8 pm march 27th. If you could post this in a prominent place on your site it would be much appreciated! if you can, thanks!

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Which league maybe I do it.

  • Count me in , is it ESPN?

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    Its yahoo. the league id is 126268 (CubsDen2) the password is arguello. if you put that in you should find it! come join!

  • Thanks I am in, The Frank Rizzo's :)

  • Gary Kueper, Hope you do not mind, I saw your post for needing more teams for your fantasy league and decided I would give it a try. I am wahlaz in the fantasy league. Little background---long time Cub fan, been lurking here couple of times a day for the past 8 to 9 months, hope that I can do well with my team and Thank You for the open invite.

  • Yay! I just saw my first Cub highlights this year. The Japanese evening news was reviewing Japan's WBC prep. Wood left some balls way up on the Japanese homers. But it was great to see Baez' swing on that walk off!

    John, in the WBC finals round, I think you are really going to like their pitcher Maeda. He's a future major leaguer.

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    sounds good bryan and bobb! up to 9 now. would like to have just 3 more. should be fun if you've never tried the auction draft you can give it a whirl on a mock! I did last night and 2 of the guys there were having a swagger-fest macho man duel, even comparing fantasy profiles and everything. It was pretty humorous!

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    lol i doubt either would be crazy enough to try that with The Frank Rizzos lol. I guess I never grew up still like the Jerky Boys

  • DeRosa is looking good right now in ST for the Jays. You reading this Theo? :) :) Shouldn't cost much to bring him back to Wrigley and have him fill the big gaping hole at 3B as a starter or backup. (Plus, he plays other positions too.)

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    Ryan Dempster interview from Fan graphs
    interesting stuff:

  • Video of Baez's GW homer -- and great photos of the Team Japan/Cubs split squad game -- on Boys of Spring site.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    John or other analysts - any thoughts on that swing? Obviously you can't argue with the result.

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    In reply to TheFiveYearPlan:

    The bat looks a little slow. He really needs to work on improving his bat speed.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Just posted in new article. I'll breakdown and analyze the swing later like I did with Soler. Lot of Gary Sheffield in that swing, from waggle, to bat wrap, to the insane bat speed.

  • Manaea had a good game last night. Went 9 and was still 94 in the 9th, but rolled his ankle in the win celebration. We will have to wait and see.

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    In reply to KGallo:

    That could be the most expensive ankle roll in the history of man.

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