4/25 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a three-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Carlos Villanueva faces Matt Garza in the opener. Chicago was 3-7 at Miller Park last season, and 6-13 overall against the Milwaukee. Starlin Castro is batting fourth for the second time in his career. In the only other time, he was 3-for-5. He needs to pick it up on the road. Castro is 18-for-52 (.346) at Wrigley Field, and 5-for-32 (.156) on the road. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Lake LF
Sweeney CF
Castillo C
Villanueva P

18 Comments

Yeah! Put Castro in the 4 hole,batting 156 on the road,that really has to help his head. Has to be a better option,I hope Castro does well but that sounds to me like feeding the wolves! AS the article says,He has to pick it up! What about other people,maybe even the bullpen! Will look in,but losing interest fast,Blackhawks and even the Bulls tonight is more on the radar,please extend the series guys because May might be brutal being a Chicago sports fan!

The Cubs best cleanup option on their team right now is Rizzo. Unfortunately, he’s also their best #3 hitter option, and you want to put your best overall hitter at #3 even more so than you want your best power hitter at #4. Castro is not an ideal #4 hitter, but neither is Schierholtz, who has been hitting #4 for most of the season. Olt could be a cleanup hitter at some point this season, but you want your cleanup hitter to hit homers AND have a batting average above .200. Ruggiano has enough power to be a cleanup hitter, but he isn’t good enough to play every day and he’s on the DL now, so that point is moot. When it’s all said and done, the Cubs will probably have either Baez or Bryant as their cleanup hitter, but that’s still a few years away. When they both arrive, I could see Bryant, Baez, and Rizzo hitting 3-4-5.

The latest trend is to bat your best hitter 2nd; he gets more ABs. I’d go Bryant, Rizzo, Baez: righty, lefty, righty, and Rizzo has a better OBP.

Busy night for Channel Surfing…….Cubs & Garza……Bulls……Hawks…….and the Southsiders facing ex-Cub Chris Archer………..

Which leads me to the “Question of the Day”…which I know many of you enjoy reading and answering……….

Would you rather have Archer & Cashner be on this Cubs staff ?

A – Yes….Getting Rizzo & Garza was a waste
B – No……I rather have Rizzo & Garza prospects (Olt, Edwards, Ramirez, Grimm)
C – I am still P***** Off when we traded away Burt Hooton for Geoff Zahn & Eddie Solomon

According to Bloomberg Business Week, three top smartest MLB teams on spending money in the past five years are the Cardinals, Rays & Giants………….three bottom teams were the Cubs, White Sox and Mets !

I remember watching Burt Hooten pitch against the Dodgers one night. One of his knuckle curves got away from him and he thru it to the top of the screen. I remember trying to copy his over the top delivery as a kid,seems like it worked very well. I probably changed it the next game but the memories,thanks Cub Talk.

P.S. what have you got against Eddie Soloman!

Totally agree Doug,but i think a better change would be Schierholtz to 3 hole,maybe jump start him,Rizzo 4 hole,Lake 5 hole and Castro 6 hole,nothing really seems to be working right now anyways.That is based on tonights players,glad it is not up to me to figure it out! I do look for a good game from Villanueva,he is a professional and due for a decent outing.

Aloha KenlyCub, Cubs Win, CubsTalk and Doug- all interesting thoughts. Yes, it would be neat to see Bryant and Baez up here in the lineup but they are not, yet. With what the team has now could a Bonifacio, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Schierholtz, Sweeney, Lake and Castillo work in that order? I keep holding out that Castro will bust out and would not to take the lead of a Bonifacio in front of him, hustling staying alive on the bases then you have Rizzo-Olt in the middle with a mix at the end. Of course this can change fast with injuries, trades and folks coming up from the minors. I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of line-ups this year. Mahalo!

What about finding a ss who can actually field a routine grounder when it matters? I suggest Castro is NOT that guy. He is too undisciplined and unfocused. Perhaps there is an outfield position he can fill,. but only when he can first demonstrate he can provide offense. Omar Visquel is 47 and retired, but I am confident that, even at that advanced age, he would make Starlin look foolish or silly, were they to go head to head playing defensive ss. Would pay dearly to see that.

So far Garza looks good…or are the Cubs that bad?

Time to fire the hitting coach !

We Stinks

Bulls Win…Bulls Win….Bulls Win

Hawks Win…Hawks Win…Hawks Win !

Cubs lose….Cubs lose….Cubs lose !

The way Bryant is hitting, and the way the Cubs need hitting help, I cannot see the Cubs waiting until June next year to bring up Bryant,,,,,,,Bryant will need to break camp next Spring with the Cubs to put some power in this lineup..

How about finding some elite pitchers? That`s more important than offense. Good pitching will shut down good offense every time.

Aloha k.g. I do like your lineup if some sort of consistency was there. Thats the problem,there has ABSOLUTELY been none. Do not know what the answer is,but is getting awfully to watch the current product. Check please!

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