5/23 Cubs lineup

The Cubs close their three-game series against the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park, facing right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Edwin Jackson gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
E. Jackson P

* The Cubs have lost their last four games by one run, and now are 6-12 in one-run games this season. The 18 one-run games are tied for second-most in the Majors with the Royals (the Diamondbacks lead with 19) while their 12 one-run setbacks are tops in the Majors.

* Jackson has faced the Pirates as a member of six teams: the Dodgers in 2005, the Rays in 2008, the D-backs in 2010, the Cardinals in 2011, the Nationals in 2012 and the Cubs this year. This is his second start vs. the Bucs this year. He gave up two runs over five innings on April 3 at PNC Park in his Cubs debut. In his career, Jackson is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in seven career starts against the Pirates.

* How good has the Cubs’ starters been? They’ve posted 28 quality starts this season, and have a 1.98 ERA in those games yet have won just 11. Only three NL teams have more quality starts than the Cubs: the Phillies (32), the Cardinals (30) and the Nationals (29). The Cardinals have won 20 of their QS, the Nats 16, the Phillies 15.

— Carrie Muskat


The stats cited here point to the simple conclusion that our offense is pathetic. And it is that simple. We do not have batters who hit when it counts. Is not complicated. Am pleased whenever I see Schierholtz`s name in lineup, as he is one of precious few on our roster in whom I have confidence offensively.

I feel the same way about Schierholtz, Jhosk. DeJesus is another hitter! With today’s lineup I am hoping for something good to happen. Rizzo, Castro and Soriano all seem to be in a slump at the same time – hard to get runs when they are sleeping on their bats! But don’t give up!! We gotta keep loving them.

Funny thing, facing a righty and Sveum throws out his “auto pilot” button line up and leaves Sweeney on the bench. Isn’t Sweeney a LEFTY? Isn’t Sweeney hitting better of late than Soriano? Isn’t Soriano a RIGHTY? Isn’t Sweeney better defensively than Soriano? Hmmmm….sounds like what’s good for the goose is NOT good for the gander after all. Welcome to the 2013 Chicago Cubs “We Play Soriano At All Costs”.

I surely agree Sweeney should be in today`s lineup. In fact, I would play him every game in which a right handed pitcher faces us, until Sweeney hits a wall and suddenly his offense is as pitiful as the mighty Soriano`s.

Did not mean literally hit a wall, of course. Was speaking figuratively. I do believe Sweeney could produce with the stick and be productive if given the opportunities. I`m almost certain, Sveum`s response would be, Soriano has to play, ” as he similarly commented about Marmol a while back, Marmol has to pitch.” I belive transslated, it means “these two albatrosses have to play in order to justify the obscene salaries the organization is compensating them.”

Maybe this will be a good way to rotate the pen. Any takers?

Would you know the status of Bob Brenly?

Anthony, Bob Brenly is now the analyst on the Diamondbacks’ TV broadcast.

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