5/10 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Jeff Samardzija gets the start while the Nats counter with lefty Ross Detwiler. Starlin Castro is batting leadoff for the first time this season. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Ransom 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Sweeney CF
Barney 2B
Samardzija P

* In 74 games as the leadoff man, Castro has a .319 average, .362 OBP, .459 slugging. He’s a .297 hitter batting second, .282 batting third, .296 batting fifth.

* The Cubs are 7-4 against teams that finished below .500 last year, and 6-17 against winning clubs.

* The Cubs batting .273 in 18 games at Wrigley Field; .207 in 16 road games.

* The Cubs did win eight of first 10 games at Nationals Park, but have gone 1-7 in the last eight games.

* Travis Wood (.179), Scott Feldman (.200), Carlos Villanueva (.209), and Jeff Samardzija (.210) rank third, seventh, 11th and 13th in the National League in opponents batting average.

— Carrie Muskat


OK all, nothing negative to say here. Sveum is at least trying to shake things up with this line up. Let’s hope for a good game from all the players he is putting his faith in including the immovable cleanup hitter. I hope Soriano has a monster day. How’s that for an olive branch Mamma???

Waiting for a great game today! Certainly a new and interesting lineup.

I wonder if the Cubs will lose 100 games again this year. So far, their winning percentage is .382. At that rate, they’ll win 61.7 games. It’s gonna be close.

Don- I sure hope we are ready to play catch-up starting as of today. We have a lot of new and talented players this year so we should be able to have a better season. Eamus Catuli

Well that wasn’t a fun game! A new day has begun – Go Cubs!

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