SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- On a snowy day in Chicago, I suspect it might be fun for you to listen (no TV today) to a baseball game, to think about the spring and summer to come.
The Brewers, who visit Mesa this afternoon, had a big day yesterday. They defeated the Mariners 24-3. Even for spring training, that's pretty wild. In all of big-league history in the regular season, a team has scored 24 or more runs just 27 times.
Beyond that, the Brewers had 23 of those runs by the fifth inning. And our old buddy Kirk Nieuwenhuis -- who hits Cubs pitching but really no one else -- went 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI.
Most of the Brewers in that game aren't playing today.
Here are today's particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Montero DH, Szczur LF, Jay CF
Brinson CF, Arcia SS, Shaw DH, Santana RF, Thames 1B, Reed LF, Susac C, Erceg 3B, Diaz 2B
Brett Anderson will start for the Cubs. Other Cubs pitchers scheduled today: Mike Montgomery (again piggybacking with Anderson), Zac Rosscup, Felix Pena, Jose Rosario and Pierce Johnson.
Zach Davies gets the call for the Brewers.
Today’s game is on cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. As noted above, no TV today.
Please visit our SB Nation Brewers site Brew Crew Ball. If you do go there to interact with Brewers fans, please be respectful, abide by their individual site rules and serve as a good representation of Cub fans in general and BCB in particular.
Please note that during spring training, Gameday doesn't usually go pitch-by-pitch as it does during the regular season -- usually, it will update after each at-bat.
For spring-training games, we'll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For today, that will be 3 p.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT.
These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page. There will also be a StoryStream on the front page with all the game thread links, as well as the recap after the game is over. The pitcher boxes and regular-season stats will return on Opening Night.
Discuss amongst yourselves.