5/24 Cubs lineup

Alfonso Soriano will get Friday off with Ryan Sweeney in the lineup and starting in left for the Cubs as they open a three-game series against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Sweeney LF
Schierholtz RF
Valbuena 3B
Navarro C
Barney 2B
Feldman p

* Feldman is 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his last five starts, holding the opponent to a .192 batting average. Prior to this five-start stretch, Feldman was 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three outings with opponents batting .263 (15-for-57). Since April 26, Feldman’s 1.27 ERA ranks fourth in the NL behind only the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (0.68), the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann (0.91) and Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin (1.25). Feldman’s seven unearned runs allowed this season rank tied for third-most in the Majors. The Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg has surrendered a Major-League high nine unearned runs.


Joey, Your wish has come true today! Sweeney needs to take advantage of this opportunity to show what he can do in LF. I have been reading all the interesting comments about lack of hitting – some referring to the fact that these guys are not fully grown or powerful enough yet. I am not sure I agree with that premise. At their ages I think they have pretty much reached their plateau of power. What may be missing, other than poor coaching, is eye – hand coordination, gut reaction as the ball approaches. Castro lacks focus both at the plate and on the field and seems to be regressing this year rather than improving. Rizzo continues to amaze at 1st with great defense and am hoping he can get back to his own style of hitting. As was stated Barney will never be a big hulk but he is tremendously strong – re: his leaps into the air and still being able to make the double play. Barney will continue to get his average to an acceptable number and will shine at defense. Schierholtz is a determined keeper. 3rd base continues to loom iffy. Shirley Purrl and I are, as usual, ready for the screaming and yelling show to begin.

White, Joey must have been overcome with joy or he would have responded by now!

Jim, Shirley Purrl are on our way immediately to revive Joey. We are the Saint Bernards of the Northwest!! We will give him some brandy and report on progress!

Darn! Shoulda waited for the brandy!

You’re right Jim, I just came to after a brief faint after reading the lineup. The thing to consider is this “opportunity” that White claims is Sweeney’s …. is it just TODAY which will indeed limit and perhaps handicap a proper evaluation? The opportunity should be for at least several weeks in LF while Soriano ponders his future…. as the highest paid conditioning coach in Cubs’ history. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying Sweeney is the answer but he IS the alternative to the Struggling and possibly rapidly declining Soriano. Sweeney may wind up being better than the Ian Stewart wasted Colvin…..

I’m weepin’ allright Mamma. What a rushed, contrived trade to make a “splash” by the new GM/President to “fix” the third base problem as if they were the hot shot geniouses to do so.
Oh boy. Well, that’s ok, we have Sveum’s favorite all-star player that “is our third baseman” (unless Ransom is our third baseman…), right Dale? The clock is ticking a little faster for the boy genious from Boston, don’t you think Mamma? The thing is, didn’t DJ show some promise during his brief time with the Cubs? You would have thought it would have given Hoystein reason for pause regarding his potential, especially his ability to play anywhere (including 1B to back up THEIR guy Rizzo…) on the infield. Tears under the bridge now…..

Rizzo has a new hairstyle? Hasn’t he heard about Samson? Maybe he’ll be so light-headed he’ll swing for the rafters tonight.

From what has been published; Stewart’s wrist may not be the only broken part. If it has healed; then that leaves the other part. It is either broken or in the dark when it would be difficult for him to breathe.

I am thinking Castro needs a few days off to figure out what is a ball and what is a strike.

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