6/13 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro is back in the No. 2 spot in the Cubs lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

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


When a batter swings and misses strike three, catcher drops a ball, first base is open….do we fans see SOME hustle down to first and AT LEAST an ATTEMPT to avoid the catcher’s tag? Not if the batter is Soriano who just swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt (surprise, surprise) and completely gives up the easy tag…in a one run game. Castro does that? He gets a scolding no doubt and is perceived as not having his head in the game. I know the out was EVIDENT and more than likely would have been made regardless of any hustle/determination/effort by the batter BUT are we fans, the owners, the manager not worth ANY effort…at all? Not from Soriano. Go ahead Sorry, trot out to LF, smile, make a routine play or two, avoid the plays requiring effort, skill and instinct….keep fooling some of the people (and sub-people, you know who you are)…but not this fan, more than likely not mamma and certainly not Sweeney!!

OK Mr. MANAGER….MANAGE. If Castro doesn’t get a day or two off after the bobble and bad throw on the easy out grounder from Phillips….what DOES he get? How about we see a few games in a row with NO Soriano and NO Castro, hell and even NO Rizzo?? Is Sveum up to sending THAT signal to his players??? Or is it just verbal shots at Castro all he has???? Oh geez as I type…, a FIRST PITCH pop up by Soriano LEADING off an inning….for crying out loud, where is the plate discipline when needing BASERUNNERS?? Just for THAT he’s benched in my book (and maybe Sandberg’s?). Schierholtz continues to hit but God forbid he gets the third or fourth spot in the batting order. Sveum is becoming as confounding and frustrating as the players….

OMG….Soriano turning a single into an out, going to second…what a bone-headed move. ONE RUN GAME dummy. His desire to “prove his value” by running the bases because he is not proving it by being a legit clean up hitter. Sveum MUST see this and remove Soriano from the four hole, maybe that will free up Soriano’s mind which needs to happen since he lacks proper instincts on the base paths, in the field and at the plate. ONE RUN GAME, LEAD OFF single……ONE OUT. DUH. Castro does it? Well, you all know what would be said THEN…..Soriano will get a pass because he is the veteran trying to pick up his teammates and do it all on his own…sickens me…

WOW! Good one Marmol!! No meds, no chocolate, no crying! You made my day! Keep being a winner!

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