5/6 Location, location, location
Derrek Lee said he was surprised to see Aramis Ramirez dropped from fifth to sixth in the batting order on Wednesday. Ramirez is now batting .154; Lee .223.
“[Ramirez] has been one of the best cleanup hitters in the National League,” Lee said. “But you know Lou likes to try things.”
What if Piniella decided to move Lee from the No. 3 spot?
“I don’t think moving solves things,” Lee said. “You have to hit somewhere. Me and Ramy have been around a long time, and we’re going to hit.”
The only question is when. Naturally, Ramirez came up in a situation when the Cubs needed him to deliver. Chicago loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly. Mike Fontenot followed with a RBI single to close to 3-2. Then Ryan Church, who’s battling the stomach flu, homered in the sixth en route to a 4-2 Pirates win.
The Cubs players will be checking the lineup Thursday.
“It doesn’t matter where you hit,” Lee said. “You’ve still got to hit, whether you’re first, sixth, seventh.”
– Carrie Muskat