5/23 Lineup & extra bases

* The Cubs have scored in three of their last 38 innings, and are looking to take their first lead in a game since one week ago today when Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the fourth against the Phillies. The Cubs have gone 59 innings without having the lead. After batting .277 with 21 extra-base hits and scoring 29 runs in the last five-game road trip against the Brewers and Cardinals, the Cubs have hit .223 with 17 extra-base hits and 20 runs scored in their last seven games.

* Starlin Castro notched his 400th career hit Monday at the age of 22 and in his 325th game. He’s the fifth Cubs player since 1920 to reach 400 hits by his 325th game, and the second in the last 79 years. He joins Bill Madlock (325 games) in 1976, Billy Herman (323) in 1933, Riggs Stephenson (321) in 1928, and Jigger Statz (308) in 1924.

* Mark your calendars: The Cubs-Red Sox game June 17 will begin at 7:05 p.m. CT to accommodate ESPN.

* The Cubs have made 12 moves on the 25-man roster in the last seven days.

* Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Johnson CF

Castro SS

Soriano LF

Mather 3B

Baker 1B

Barney 2B

Hill C

Samardzija P

— Carrie Muskat


Intimidating. With Hill and Baker striking fear in the hearts of the Astros It’s a wonder the Astros even show up. Campana (and his above .300 average) too tired? LaHair (and his above .300 average) stops hitting at a .350 clip so he needs the bench?
Lalli is not as AWESOME as the JUGGERNAUT Hill? One of the few benefits of being forced to call up a rookie too soon during a God awful season is to see what the kid can do. How Koyie Hill can force even an unknown commodity like Lalli on the bench is mystifying. Is Sveum concerned Lalli may call a bad game and we would lose? Ha!!!! We are now relying on Soriano to have some lucky swings for our offense…..good grief.

I wonder what the Vegas odds would be for this team vs Iowa using their best starting pitcher?

I think even Volstad could beat this lineup.

Oh my god!!! Almost died when Barney got hurt!!! I ways an inch from the T.V!!! :0
Good thing he’s Okay!!!:)

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