5/8 Cubs lineup

The Cubs close their quick two-game series against the Cardinals on Wednesday, sending Carlos Villanueva to the mound against Jake Westbrook. Villanueva will be making his eventh start. In his last outing, he gave up four runs on a season-high seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He is 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 25 games (seven starts) against the Cardinals. Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney both get a day off. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Valbuena 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney LF
Navarro C
Ransom 3B
Villanueva P


Finally….an attempt to right the ship by benching BOTH Soriano (looooong time coming) and even the fan favorite Barney. Nobody is exempt and Barney’s horrid start is quite concerning. I am hoping Sweeney impresses today as one never knows…this might be one of the few chances Sveum gives him. I hope he makes it hard for Sveum to keep him on the bench. WOW…. lefty, righty, LEFTY, LEFTY, LEFTY, LEFTY, switch, righty….so much for the must have lefty/right line up huh Carrie? Maybe Sveum forgot to consult… what is going on with Sveum? My gosh, thinking as I do…outside the box. Oh my. What’s next? Two off days in a row for Soriano?? IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!

would like to see castillo and soriano back in this lineup…. very interesting… love seeing barney benched…. FINALLY!!!!

We need another excellent outing from our starting pitcher today, because Westbrook is an outstanding hurler and almost always stingy regarding runs allowed. I recall posters on this site critical of the Schierholtz signing early in the campaign. I’m impressed with the man and am pleased to have him on our roster. He’s productive.

I was one of the critics for sure, saying why sign him, he never showed any stellar prowess and would be yet just another run of the mill outfielders like DeJesus and Hairston. I said why BOTH Hairston (so far just a wasted signing…) and Schierholtz?? I am pleasantly surprised with Schierholtz’s play so far but remain unimpressed with the overall production from a left fielder on a team that desperatley needed much more from an outfielder considering Soriano’s MIA first six weeks and DeJesus’ releativley weak run prodcution. But as a bridge to the next left fielder Schierholtz is adequate at the least.

I admire when folk admit they may have been mistaken. I praise Mamma and joey and plan to continue to admit my imperfections and brain cramps going forward. I`m more flawed than most, I`m thinking.

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