9/3 Cubs lineup & more

Brett Jackson and David DeJesus will celebrate Labor Day holiday with a day off as the Cubs open a four-game series Monday against the Nationals, who have the best record in MLB. Here’s Monday’s lineup:

Mather CF

Barney 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Vitters 3B

Sappelt RF

Samardzija P

* With Sunday’s loss, the Cubs are ensured a third-consecutive season with a record below .500. They have now posted three-straight below .500 seasons for the first time since 1990-92.

* After outfielder Dave Sappelt made his Cubs debut on Sunday, the team has utilized 49 different players, two shy of the single-season club record of 51 set in 2000. Right-hander Miguel Socolovich will increase the total to 50 when he makes his first relief outing. He also would be the 18th different rookie used this year, their most since 18 played in 2010. The club record is 20 in 1902. Of the 17 rookies used so far, nine have been pitchers, and two have made starts, lefthanders Brooks Raley and Chris Rusin. Rusin will make his second start Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat


Wow. This is certainly a different lineup. I hope Vitters can show some good plays today. I think Valbueno has been doing a good job at 3rd. Don’t know anything about Sappelt yet. I personally don’t like the days when DeJesus is not in the lineup.

How did I know that Vitters will end this game with a strike out…….I saw this ending too many times inthe past weeks.

In a way I feel really sorry for Vitters. He is like a cheese soufle that has been taken out of the oven too soon and falls flat. He was doing well in Triple A, was learning the basics, was hitting well, etc. and then they decide “well let’s bring him up and see what he can do on the major team”. He, like the soufle, was brought up too soon and is falling flat. Not his fault. He must be wondering “what the hell did I do to deserve this humiliation?” Will he ever get his confidence back? Hmmm. That they had him be the last batter up in today’s game was the icing on the flat soufle for his feeling of confidence.


Quade must have left his evil spirit in the clubhouse and it has possessed Sveum??

Along with any other excuse one can come up with! It is easy to see Sveum is very confused and to this point the position is overwhelming for him; a little too much for him to handle. Rookie manager mistakes consistently and it is clear the players are simply not responding to his methods. Poor field play, poor base running, poor pitch selection…sugar coat it all one wants but rookie or not, it’s his direction to look when it’s as bad as it currently is. He can talk as tuff as he wants but the tale is told in his lack of leadership which evident. So what we have here is the Iowa Cubs all the way up to the manager. As for Epstein/Hoyer, look at the state of the clubs they quit to come here…not very impressive.

Good By Sveum
Bring back Sandberg

Who’s watching the Watchmen?

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