9/27 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open their final series of the season on Friday at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals, who have everything to gain from a win. The Cardinals can clinch the NL Central if they beat the Cubs, or the Reds beat the Pirates. In addition, the Cardinals can clinch home field in the NLDS if they beat the Cubs or the Rockies beat the Dodgers.

The Cubs, on the other hand, are wrapping things up. Travis Wood gets the start. He’s 3-4 in his career against the Cardinals, and 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA in four starts this year. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Murphy 3B
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

17 Comments

Valbuena must have hurt Sveum’s feelings somehow??

Oh well. It’s not like he’s going to be the manager beyond this weekend anyway!

I hope you are correct Doug!

Maybe, just maybe, valbuena’s not starting because he’s batting .174 this past month and he’s 1 for 9 in his career vs. lance Lynn. Who would’ve thought real baseball stats have to do with these choices??

I think Sweum stays.The Cubs should be better next year,he will certainly be on the hotseat through out the season though.It is make or break though with a very short string.The coaching staff will for sure have changes,Sweum liking it or not!Feeling out potential replacements will be a good thing as managerial candidates pop up.

I’m not as against Sveum as some people on here are, but if a manager who is an upgrade over Sveum now and will probably still be five years from now becomes available then why shouldn’t the Cubs make a switch? After all, who knows who will be available a year from now? If you have a chance to get a Joe Girardi or a Ron Gardenhire or a Mike Scioscia, you have to take it. If none of those guys are available, then you can bring Sveum back for another year and evaluate the field a year from now. But given that two of them aren’t under contract after this season and two of them are finishing up losing seasons, chances are at least one of them would probably be available.

Doug, awesom post and could not agree more.

An upgrade over Sveum opens up a larger field than just Girardi, Gardenhire or Scioscia. Hopefully Girardi WILL be available for hire next season and we can all watch Epstein do his thing….

Maybe I should rephrase to say a significant upgrade over Sveum. Is Bud Black a better manager than Sveum? Maybe, but if San Diego fires him, I wouldn’t let go of Sveum to hire him specifically. But managers like Girardi, Gardenhire, and Scioscia are significantly better and I would ditch Sveum for any of them in a heartbeat. The problem is, if Girardi or Gardenhire or Scioscia become available now, we don’t know if they will still be available a year from now. And even if they are, what’s the point of having Sveum be a lame duck for 2014? Either they’re available now and you go get one of them, or they’re not and you live with Sveum for another year and hope you didn’t pass up the best opportunity that will come along in years. Who knows, maybe the Giants suck again next year and Bruce Bochy will be available. However, we don’t know that for sure, but we should know on Monday if there’s a pretty good chance that at least one of those three guys I listed should be available.

Some of these people will be taking there i need to refresh myself,i need my family time break or whatever which might be a good thing.I think we all know that it is a matter of time before there is a change.

Maybe so. But Chicago is a big market, the Cubs have deep pockets, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and being the guy who leads the Cubs to the World Series would be enough to cement your legacy as an all-time great manager. I could see a long-time manager wanting to take a year off if the only jobs offered were, say, Minnesota, Seattle, or Miami. But the Cubs job would be a hard one to pass up. It might be a long first year, but it should improve after that and once it gets good, you’ll be the toast of the town.

Once again Monday afternoon will be interesting!

Besides golf,fishing,traveling and being with family for 1 year off,and being the toast of the town if and when it happens sounds like a very good plan.We must have faith,Go Cubs Go!Lets have red bird fo supper.

I hope the Cubs lose the series this weekend, what would a win prove now? They are currently tied with the Twins for #4 Draft Pick next June. Cubs win, Twins lose, Cubs get #5.
I much prefer the 4th best player each round over the 5th best each round.

just wanted thank you Carrie great, hard, beautiful work you did .GOD BLESS Ive been Cub fan since I was 10 in 1959.3 years World series. who we will play I don’t know .

You all need to think outside the box for a change. Why do you name all the usual suspects when it comes to managers? Names like Gardenhire, Scioscia, and Girardi or even Bochy are all so yesterday. If they were all so valuable, why would not their present employers do all in their powers to retain them? Give me a break. They all failed/ That`s why they`re on the market or soon will be. We need to find someone who`s new to the game and hungry to prove himself, not a has-been as those dudes collectively are. Who agrees with myself? I want to hear from you all. I also want to hear from the nay-sayers. I thrive on controversy. Do you follow my drift?

Protect your guy Tom. I hate the Cubs, but loved them and look at that. Thanks Carrie

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