4/24 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro is in the No. 3 spot in the lineup for Sunday’s Cubs series finale against the Dodgers. Castro leads the Major Leagues with 35 hits and is batting .452 in his last seven games:

RF Fukudome

2B Barney

SS Castro

3B Ramirez

1B Pena

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

P Zambrano

— Carrie Muskat


“* Starlin Castro matched his career high with four hits, his second four-hit game of the season. … The 1-2-3 hitters Saturday combined to go 9-for-15 with four runs, three stolen bases, two doubles and six RBIs. …”

So let’s mix things up a bit? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it Quade.

I agree with bwitty, if Quade mixes and matches the top three of Castro, Barney and Fukodome but DOESN’T CARE where they are…why not build some consistency and leave Castro 1 and Barney 2? Because the pressure of the 3 hole would expose Fukodome as the non-run producing guy he is so he might as well leave Fukodome as 1, Barney as 2 and Castro as 3 and bump the other non-run producing player Byrd down in the order. Byrd is a good complimentary player but certainly not a number 3 hitting RBI guy. Let’s just groom Castro for that spot NOW???? Depending on such a young player to be a go to RBI guy is not the most ideal situation, it just shows you how poorly Hendry has done with Soriano (RBI failure), Fukodome (RBI failure), and now Pena (RBI failure). That’s three strikes…shouldn’t Hendry be OUT??

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