8/20 Cubs lineup

Justin Germano opens the Cubs’ three-game series in Milwaukee Monday night against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Vitters 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Germano P

* On Saturday, Starlin Castro recorded his 20th stolen base after swiping 22 bases in 2011. He’s the sixth Cubs shortstop to record multiple 20-stolen base campaigns, joining: Joe Tinker (11 times), Ivan DeJesus (5 times), Shawon Dunston (4 times), Ryan Theriot (3 times) and Charlie Hollocher (2 times). Castro is batting .348 (16-for-46) with a .943 OPS in his last 12 games, hitting safely in 10 of those contests, after going 0-for-19 in five games, Aug. 3-7.

* Carlos Marmol has successfully converted his last 14 save opportunities dating to May 2, pitching to a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13 1/3 IP) in those games. He was successful in a career-best 18-straight save situations, Aug. 21, 2010-April 2, 2011, which included 17-straight converted save opportunities to close out the 2010 campaign. Marmol has a 1.42 ERA in 13 relief appearances in the second half of the season.

* Left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Padres, was not expected to join the team Monday. Hinshaw was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances with the Padres.

* Expect Chris Rusin to start Tuesday night for the Cubs, which would be his Major League debut. Rusin posted a 2.63 ERA in his first five starts of the season, giving up eight earned runs over 27 1/3 innings. He struggled in June, but in his last three starts, has given up four earned runs over 18 2/3 innings. Overall, he’s 8-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 87 over 133 1/3 innings and walking 52. In his last start Aug. 15 against Tucson, he threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits in the win.

— Carrie Muskat


Marmol trade happening soon?
Stick around….we might hear some news.

source? Google?…… *crickets chirping*

The new young players are not the only ones who can’t run the bases. Castro hasn’t learned yet. He watches the ball when he gets a hit and then starts running to 1st. And he has been hung up between bases enough times now that he should have learned. Attention deficit.

You are correct again White. Just recently Soriano paid no attention to the 3rd base coach, instead he was looking behind him….Rizzo out at the plate because of that brain cramp. But Soriano is young, a tremendous defensive asset, has the greatest eye at the plate, steals bases at will and he comes cheap. It’s a shame Hendry isn’t still around to extend his cotract and lock him up unlike Hoystein who is trying to unload him. Castro may not be new anymore but he is still young. AND with a reasonable, long-term contract (THAT’S refreshing!) can be traded should he not fall in line with what Epstein expects of his players.

Congratulations Josh Vitters – your 1st home run in major league. I am glad that you are turning to Barney for tips on fielding. No better player to learn from and thanks to Barney for stepping in to help Vitters. That is what makes all our players better – help from their peers. Glad Rizzo could dig those bad throws from 3rd to save alot of woe. Rizzo is a great 1st baseman and definitely an asset to the Cubs. Jackson looks really good in the field. Sure hope he can cut down on the strike outs. Anyway, Vitters knew who to go to for tips and that is good. Go Cubs. Waiting for the game today – can’t wait. I love the Cubs.

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