8/13 Mix and match
You’ll see a lot of mixing and matching with the Cubs lineup in the final weeks of the season. Four players are set: leadoff man David DeJesus, and 3-4-5 hitters Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro. Josh Vitters hit second on Monday to get more at-bats. Castro has batted first, second, third, and fifth. Is there a perfect spot?
“The way his approach to hitting is, I don’t think he really knows where he’s hitting in the lineup, so that makes me a little more comfortable with [moving him],” Dale Sveum said of Castro. “He’s kind of a ‘cut and slasher’ [type hitter] so no matter where he is in the lineup, it won’t change his approach anyway.”
What would be ideal?
“What makes sense, the way he hits, not really working counts and working walks, probably in a real world, in a prolific offense, it would probably be more the sixth or seventh spots really,” Sveum said.
— Carrie Muskat