#Cubs lineup vs Reds

Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start Thursday night as the Cubs open a six-game homestand against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Lake RF

Wada P

Russell 2B

* The Reds are beat up. On Thursday, they placed shortstop Zach Cozart on the DL and recalled from Class AAA Louisville infielder Chris Dominguez and infielder Eugenio Suarez. RHP Pedro Villarreal was optioned to Louisville.

Cozart was injured Wednesday when he suffered tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee. He was expected to have surgery Monday and the rehab will take approximately nine months.

The Reds already have been dealing with injuries to Brandon Phillips (groin) and Billy Hamilton (wrist). Both are listed as day to day.

* The Cubs have won four of five meetings against the Reds this season, including two out of three at Wrigley from April 13-15.


This is a series the Cubs should take at least 3 if not all 4 on paper. I hope from what they did in the last game carries over. I like what jackson is doing out of the pen and hope it continues. Go Cubs!

Did not see or hear most of tonight`s contest. But looking at the box score, which is often very revealing, as you must know, we are fortunate to have prevailed. Our starting pitching was underwhelming and the patchwork quilt which followed Wada worked this time. But that is certainly not a formula for future success, I suggest. I see Junior drew a `walk.` I find that remarkable, assuming it was not an `intentional` pass` he was given. I say that because Junior is very much like Starlin, meaning he swings at most everything. Joe Maddon recently commented that he was told Junior Lake`s reputation is that of a batter who `swings at the rosin bag.` Regrettably, that is not far from the truth. I`ve been one of Junior`s most solid supporters for years, as I`ve seen the potential, but I am of the opinion now that he is never going to `get it,` if you like. He continues to make the same ill advised decisions time after time, especially with men on base, when Junior becomes `extra amped.` and has a proclivity to chase. Pitchers are foolish to throw pitches `in the zone,` in critical situations like that described, as Junior proves over and over, he`s willing to `take the bait,` and get himself out. As I`ve hinted, Starlin`s history is that he rarely accepts walks also. He swings wildly at pitches way out of the zone far too often. `Strike outs` are especially unproductive. Putting balls in play is critical, as multiple outcomes are possible when balls are put in play, including the opposition making errors. One of the reasons the Cubs signed La Stella is that he is the anti-Lake, and anti-Castro. La Stella rarely fans, and actually has a tendency to `get on base` at a high rate. Is regrettable Tommy does not have the God-given talent of Lake and Castro. An intelligent observer once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” In this example I`ve just described, one may conclude, “Talent is wasted on the unappreciative and clueless.”

Honestly jhosk….Lake is not worth such concern. Do you really believe he is in the Cub’s long term plans?

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No, fonzie, and Junior is performing in a way to make certain he is not part of those long term plans.

Good, your long comment had me worried you think the Cubs are heavily invested in Lake. I doubt he’ll see much, if any playing time in 2016….THE YEAR THE CUBS GO TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!! Right???

If this season is not realistic, I can live with 2016.

Maybe I should have said FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR!!! (I know, I have to back off the kool aide….)

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