5/20 Sveum may change top of order
Expect some changes at the top of the order on Monday as Cubs manager Dale Sveum tries to jump-start the offense. After losing 6-0 to the White Sox Sunday, Sveum said he may change the 1-2-3 hitters in the lineup. The Cubs were outscored 16-6 in the three-game series, and mustered two runs off the White Sox starters. The Cubs next stop is Houston on Monday. David DeJesus, Tony Campana and Starlin Castro were a combined 2-for-24 on Friday and Sunday.
“I might think about changing things at the top of the order,” Sveum said. “It’s not that anybody is doing anything wrong but just to change something because we aren’t producing any runs that way. We might change things up there.
“We need some production,” Sveum said, “and the bottom line is two months into the season, we have to start producing or we’re going to have to start making some changes.”
Castro, who has hit third all season, finished the five-game homestand 3-for-18 (.167).
“If he moves me in the lineup, it doesn’t matter,” said Castro, who batted leadoff most of last season. “I’m ready to hit in whatever spot in the lineup. Wherever he wants to put me, I’ll do my job to help the team.”
— Carrie Muskat