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6/5 Leadoff man

The last time Ryan Theriot drew a walk was the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Lou Piniella was hoping that since the Belmont was being run Saturday, Theriot might be a little more patient at the plate. But, he swung at the first pitch of the game and made an out.

Theriot went through the month of May with one walk and that was May 1. That prompted a little chat with the manager.

“I told him his job is to get on base and working the pitcher for a walk is part of that process,” Piniella said Saturday. “[Friday] night, he took a few more pitches but now as soon as he came up in a situation to drive in runs, he swung at the first pitch.

“One thing I can’t do is I can’t swing the bat for these guys,” Piniella said. “They’ve got to hit the ball. We can move them around a little bit.”

By the way, Theriot was 1-for-4 on May 15, the day of the Preakness, the second jewel in racing’s Triple Crown. Theriot had a .370 on-base percentage in April but that dipped to .257 in May, basically because of the lack of walks.

“Assuming he starts getting on base and starts getting a few walks, he’s a nice choice for us in the No. 1 hole,” Piniella said.

The Cubs won the National League Central in back to back seasons with Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff spot. What about moving him back to No. 1?

“We’ll keep him where he’s at,” Piniella said. “We’d like Soriano to drive in runs for us, and where he’s at, he’s in a position to do just that. He’s been streaky. He’s either hot or he’s cold. A little more consistency will help.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/5 Check the calendar

Only Alfonso Soriano, Mike Fontenot, Tyler Colvin and Derrek Lee performed better in the month of May than April. I’m not going to count Aramis Ramirez’s very slight increase. There were some significant dropoffs:

* Kosuke Fukudome had five homers in the first month and one in May. Plus his strikeouts increased in May. He could be bumped Saturday and replaced by Colvin.

* Ryan Theriot drew six walks in April, one in May and that was May 1. His OBP went from .370 in April to .257 in May.

* On the plus side, Soriano had three homers in April and doubled that in May (six).

Here are the batting averages for the first two months:

Byrd: April .348; May .257

Colvin: April .289; May .333

Fontenot: April .305; May .347

Fukudome: April .344; May .253

Lee: April .205; May .257

Ramirez: April .152; May .173

Soriano: April .292; May .308

Soto: April .340; May .200

Theriot: April .337; May .236

– Carrie Muskat

6/1 Lou's new lineup

Lou Piniella juggled his lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. the Pirates, and has Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd and Ryan Theriot on the bench. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

1B Nady

CF Colvin

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

3B Baker

C Hill

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

5/29 All-Star shortstop

If you’ve got an All-Star ballot, you might want to write Starlin Castro’s name in there. When the ballots were released, Ryan Theriot was listed as the Cubs shortstop and Mike Fontenot was the second baseman. Now, Theriot is starting at second, Fontenot was subbing at third, and Castro is at short. The last Cubs shortstop to make the All-Star team was Shawon Dunston in 1990.

“He does a nice job at shortstop, he makes the play in the hole,” Lou Piniella said of Castro. “We’ve been pleased with him. Just let him play. He works with Alan Trammell every day at the shortstop position. I write his name every day in the lineup and we let the young man play and gain experience. He’s a good looking young player.”

Is he an All-Star? That’s up to the fans.

– Carrie Muskat

5/18 Lineup & Theriot

Ryan Theriot was back in the Cubs’ lineup Tuesday night and batting second. Theriot has not started the last two games after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch on Saturday.

Here’s the lineup for the finale in this brief series vs. the Rockies:

RF Fukudome

2B Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Colvin

C Soto

SS Castro

P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

5/17 Lineup, Colvin & Theriot

Ryan Theriot was given one more day to rest a sore left elbow, injured when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Expect Theriot back on Tuesday. Tyler Colvin started in center field in place of Marlon Byrd to simply give him a day off.

Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Colvin

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

5/16 Cubs lineup & Theriot

Ryan Theriot was not in Sunday’s starting lineup because of a sore left elbow. Theriot was hit by a pitch on Saturday and it became more swollen overnight. Mike Fontenot started at second base on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale vs. the Pirates and Starlin Castro moved into the second spot in the order.

Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

5/14 Lineup vs. Pirates

Ryan Theriot was back in the leadoff spot Friday for the Cubs’ series opener against the Pirates and lefty Brian Burres. But when the Cubs face a right-hander, expect to see Kosuke Fukudome back in the No. 1 spot. The Cubs aren’t going to steal a lot of bases but Theriot can hit behind Fukudome and advance the runner.

Here’s the lineup:

2B Theriot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

RF Nady

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

C Soto

SS Castro

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

5/12 Hendry on Castro: We're not worried about defense

The Cubs know Starlin Castro will make mistakes in his crash course on big league baseball.

“He’s a real good defensive player,” GM Jim Hendry said Wednesday of the 20-year-old shortstop, who has made five errors in five games. “I expected a few rough days early.”

One thing Castro has to get used to is the pace of the game. Everything seems faster. And his defensive ability is well above anyone on the roster, Hendry said, adding that Castro can make plays nobody has done with the Cubs for quite some time.

“That’s not a criticism of Ryan [Theriot],” Hendry said of Theriot, who moved from shortstop to second base to make room for the highly touted shortstop. “I think [Theriot] is going to be a better player at second. The kid’s going to make a few errors now and then. There’s nobody in the game who wouldn’t tell you he’s not a plus-plus defender with outstanding range and an above average arm.”

There will be growing pains along the way.

“He’s 20 years old,” Hendry said. “I remember Derek Jeter made a ton of errors in the Minor Leagues. You grow into it. [Castro] is going to find his niche. We’re not worried about his defense at all.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/12 Lineup & Theriot

Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Theriot were both given Wednesday off. Theriot’s right hamstring is a little tight, and having Wednesday and Thursday off will help him. The problem is not serious.

Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

SS Castro

CF Byrd

1B Lee

C Soto

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

3B Baker

P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

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