And the Cubs 2012 Opening Day Lineup Will Be...

vs. Stephen Strasburg

  • *David DeJesus, RF
  • Darwin Barney, 2B
  • Starlin Castro, SS
  • *Bryan LaHair, 1B
  • Alfonso Soriano, LF
  • *Ian Stewart, 3B
  • Marlon Byrd, CF
  • Geovany Soto, C
  • Ryan Dempster, P

I already hate Sveum. Although Barney is smacking the ball in spring training, I suppose riding out the hot streak isn't that awful. Of course so has Soto lately and they're burying him 8th again.

The more things change something something....


Picture of the new LED board (from a distance).

released by Giants.

My opening day lineup would have been Dejesus, Castro, Soto, LaHair, Soriano, Stewart, Byrd, Barney, Garza.

I care John. I care.

Thanks, pal!

Is Soto really as good as we (I) think he is?

Barney 2011 276/313/354 (271/310/345 career)
Soto 2011 228/310/411 (258/348/455 career)

Sure Soto has had some pretty good seasons, but I am not sure he is quite hitter I imagine him to be.

well we know how good he can be.

and it's an even year, that's science right there.

I don't mind moving lineups around to try and maximize hot and cold streaks, just hope Sveum is quick to adjust. You know chances are Barney will fade and fade quick, hope he reacts quickly. And if Soto does hit this year, get him out of the 8th spot quick.

Agreed. I am certainly on the Soto is a good hitter bandwagon, but part of me thinks that I am overrating him.

To Wes' post below, you don't want a team were Soto is your 2nd or 4th best hitter.

Barney has faded every single year that he has been in the major leagues.

One is certainly a large enough sample to make a firm decision on future trends.

barney's noticably bigger this year...he's been in the weight room.

that said, he still seems to be the singles-hitting, no-walk, will-put-ball-in-play guy he was last year. maybe he'll find a few more doubles on gap hits or a few more homers.

btw, saw him play some really fluid SS this spring on TV on a couple of occasions. it seems he's very comfortable there...showed some good footwork. small sample size and all, but having all winter off + not playing SS for a while...well, he looked good.

Reminds when theriot put on the muscle. same result

Are the results in already?

just the ones in my narrow mind

He was a slick fielding SS in College. Did you catch him in the CWS?

i avoid metal bat baseball like the plague...well not really, but i don't watch a lot of it. i probably watch more little league WS than college WS. =p

i was just surprised how comfortable he was given how little he plays.

hahaha, I care too!!

Veronica ;)

Hey let's bat our 2nd and 4th best hitters 7th and 8th! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

God. This lineup sucks ass.

I like Marlon Byrd in the 7 hole, oh wait, I don't like Marlon Byrd as a hitter.

Campana to Iowa per Muskat

@CarrieMuskat: Tony Campana headed to IowaCubs but expects to be back in big leagues

Bruce Levine tweets...

@ESPNChiCubs: Being told De La Cruz is now in minor-league camp. No official announcement. Safe to assume no Opening Day for him.

I didn't see him there.

lame spring for Cubs ST on TV...only a few WGN games, mostly (or all?) weekend games. MLB Network has been too busy drooling over NYY/NYM/PHI/ANA/LAD nutsacks. i think i've seen about 10 ANA games this spring on MLB Network. they did show some early-March games (mostly rebroadcasts), but it's been thin for a few weeks.

j.moyer expected to be announced as COL's #5 starter tonight or this weekend...yeeeeees.


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  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?