5/15 Cubs lineup

Luis Valbuena is back in the Cubs’ lineup for the series finale against the Rockies. Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound, looking for his first win since Opening Day. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Schierholtz RF
Valbuena 3B
Navarro C
Barney 2B
Samardzija P

* Anthony Rizzo has not struck out in his last 28 at-bats dating to the sixth inning, May 7, vs. the Cardinals. It’s the second-longest active stretch in the Majors without a strikeout, trailing only the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy, who has not fanned in his last 31 at-bats (thanks to STATS Inc. for the info).

Rizzo was batting .380 (21-for-71) with eight doubles, three homers, 15 RBIs and a 1.056 OPS in his last 18 games dating to April 26. He has struck out eight times in that stretch. Prior to this 18-game span, he batted .173 (14-for-81) in his first 21 games to open the season with 26 Ks. His .380 batting average since April 26 is fourth-highest in the National League.

— Carrie Muskat


Okay! This is our winning lineup! Shirley Purrl and I are ready and waiting! No need for chocolate or Kleenex today – right?

Yes, White. Believe me, I do not want you to be cranky after tonight`s contest. Do you all recall when we called out Rizzo on this site a couple weeks ago for having a pathetic batting average? Ever since, the man has gone on a tear. Coincidence?

Did the Cubs win tonight`s contest. I was following Gameday on the mlb site and then was dismissed as persona non grata. Can`t stand the suspense. Last I knew, Smardz was still on mound and we were batting in bottom of 8th. Did we prevail? I hate this.

We won, Jhosk! Great game. Have a good night.

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