4/27 Extra bases

* For the first time this season and 10th time in his career, Ryan Kalish was the leadoff man.

“He has the ability and the history coming up as being a guy who can work the count,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about having Kalish lead off. “I thought it was an appropriate substitution.”

Renteria wanted to give Emilio Bonifacio a day off and preferred keeping Junior Lake in the No. 2 spot, so Kalish got the assignment. Does it make a difference?

“The only difference is you see the first pitch of the game — that’s it,” Kalish said. “It’s all standard from there.

“I will say about the leadoff position is that being out there, it’s important to have a good idea of the strike zone, especially early,” he said. “I’m not saying you can’t be aggressive early, because that’s cool, too. You want to make sure you have control of the zone and show that we’re going to do that today.”

* Jake Arrieta, who made his fifth Minor League rehab start on Saturday, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Monday. When the right-hander returns to the rotation is still to be determined. Arrieta was slowed this spring by tightness in his right shoulder. On Saturday, he threw 44 pitches over two innings for Double-A Tennessee, which was a short outing because it’s the equivalent of the last Spring Training start for pitchers.

“Jake did a nice job yesterday,” Renteria said. “He worked through it healthy and we’ll see where he’s at once we put our eyes on him.”

Carlos Villanueva is 1-3 with a 10.19 ERA in four starts, and scheduled to pitch Wednesday in the series finale against the Reds. It’s unlikely Arrieta would be activated and take Villanueva’s spot, pitching on four days rest, but Renteria said no decision would be made until he and pitching coach Chris Bosio get a chance to see the right-hander.

* Nate Schierholtz started on Sunday against Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta even though the Cubs outfielder is 0-for-14 in his career against the pitcher.

“He doesn’t like being out of the lineup,” Renteria said. “I thought, let me give Nate another day. He’s a pretty strong man and he’s prepared on a daily basis to come out and perform. We wanted to give [Ryan] Sweeney a day and keep him off his feet a little bit. Schierholtz is a pretty resilient individual and I think he’ll work his way out of it.”

Schierholtz is scuffling against right-handers, and entered Sunday’s game 10-for-59 (.169) against righties.

– Carrie Muskat

11 Comments

A year ago, the Cubs were 8-14 under Dale……..
Not much has change since…..just the names on the back of the jerseys.

I notice there are still A-Holes like Tony H over at CCO.
No wonder Cubs Fans left Neil.

No one cares… Seriously we could careless about some other blog and how you want to call them names

Further proof that he is a parasite. If I were Carrie, I would delete ever single post of his that mention anything about another blog.

This platooning system is certainly not working. The most recent game with 11 strikeouts leaves one to wonder. Surely must be hope somewhere in the minors.

There is some hope… But I don’t expect all them to pan out. I’m guessing 1 out 3 pan out which should be a great addition

Poor Dougie……Still carrying his Communist Membership Card………..Dougie, I know that is your pals over at CCO…….always like to hear your pointless remarks.

Definition of a “Platooning System”……..a weak hitting lineup…..lack of regular everyday players…….a mixture of Rookies, Rejects, & AAA Players…….A Batting Order System that leads to last place in MLB Divisions.

Not a Bad Day…Cubs Won……Hawks Won……….lets have some cake !

The cake is in the dumpster! Have some special brownies instead! :)) Someone on another blog said they thought this was the WORST lineup they had seen yet. Oh well! You never know!

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