Soriano Back to Leadoff

Two more days of a lackluster offense and Alfonso Soriano is back in the leadoff spot...Soriano, Riot, Fukudome, Lee, Reed Johnson, Fontenot, Soto, Miles and Harden try to avoid the sweep today.

Way to stick with it, Lou.

"We said we'd try it and we did," Lou Piniella said of Soriano, who
struck out three times on Saturday. "We'll just put him in the leadoff
spot. That's where he feels comfortable, and that's where we'll leave
him."

Even Soriano seems confused if this Twitter quote is from him: "Soriano: ''Back again? My goodness, only 2 games?'' I think that's meant to be a quote from Soriano, although maybe it's just Wittenmyer's reaction to it.

On another note, please, please win this game.

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lame.

Lou on the pregame interview with Santo:

Bradley's not ready.

Expects ARam to be ready sometime during the Arizona series.

Last thing I saw was that Bradley could be back by Wednesday...

Happy Birthday Kosuke Fukudome, 32 today.

nice start for the birthday boy

DLee needed one more biscuit for breakfast, but a RBI is a RBI

That DLee double wasn't for lack of strength or power. It was a line drive shot that just didn't get high enough in the air.

Hoffpauir in, after Lee doubled in his first AB...

Hoffpauir in for DLee in bottom of the 1st.

Oh oh. Not reporting why as yet.

At least Hoff isn't out of position today.

yeesh.

I'm all for eating one more biscuit

1B Jake Fox already has hit nine HR at Iowa and was named PCL Player of the Week and will probably be PCL Player of the Month, too, so if D-Lee is down for any extended period, J-Fox could get recalled to platoon at 1B with Micah Hoffpauir.

And INF Luis Rivas is here in Mesa at Fitch Park (Extended Spring Training) rehabbing a hamstring injury, but he looks to be about ready to get reactivated, so if the Cubs need an infielder who can play 3B-SS-2B when they get to Arizona tomorrow, he can take a cab over to Chase Field after playing in the EXST game tomorrow morning.

Also, 2008 #1 draft pick RHP Andrew Cashner has left EXST and is en route to Daytona. In related minor league roster moves, RHP Marcos Mateo has been promoted from Daytona to AA Tennessee, LHRP Jayson Ruhlman has been promoted from Tennessee to AAA Iowa, and RHP Justin Berg (on the Iowa DL with a sore shoulder) has arrived at Fitch Park to begin his rehab. .

neck spasm for Lee...

DLee out with neck spasms. He's had some neck problems a year or two ago as I recall. Usually a day by day thing unless it's a Hank White type scenerio who had a cervical disc herniation.

Sheesh...Soriano hit in the head/helmet

in the back of the head, fastball...staying in.

M*A*S*H

Soriano staying in (so far)...portable MRI being wheeled to first base.

regarding our upcoming series vs DBacks, in addition to Webb, Stephen Drew is now on the DL

4 runs...soriano back to leadoff...case closed.

I kid.

another RBI single for the Birthday boy, 6-1 (top 4)

K Fukudome singled to center, R Theriot scored. >CHC 6 STL 1
R Theriot safe at second on throwing error by shortstop K Greene, A Soriano scored. >CHC 5 STL 1
A Soriano stole third.
A Soriano hit a ground rule double to deep right.

Scoring backwards you are, my padiwan.

Kerry Wood gets save #4 in typical fashion

single, walk, double play, K.

Bulls ahead by 4 in double overtime...we'll see.

Angelo is having a helluva a draft, given what he went in with. Looks like he's got about 6 guys who could have been 2nd or 3rd rounders.

And I guess the Hawks won, so things turning up roses in Chicago, at least for a day.

Cotts in, game gets interesting...

BB and double so far...

"Cotts in, game gets interesting..."

Does one often come without the other?

No, in that way Cotts is like good sex.

I think I hate Cotts more than I hate Hendry, and that is not easy...:)

Now that they scored 10 runs today, Soriano will now for sure never leave the leadoff spot. A bit surprised Lou only gave it 2 games more switching back, even though I shouldn't be surprised since it is Lou.

Great job by the offense to jump on STL today early and Harden doing well. Hopefully Lee is fine and we cna turn things around a bit on the road the next 3 games.

Go Cubs!!!

this team is doomed...

Much needed win and they didn't look bad doing it either. Hopefully we can just get through these next couple of games and get everyone healthy again. We are playing 2 teams that are also pretty cold in the Dbacks and Marlins. Could be a nice bounce back week.

Hopefully a few people have stepped off the ledge.

Bats will need to get hot for the Marlins series. Their rotation easily rivals the Cubs rotation.

Hmm... the Marlins have given up 44 runs in their last 6 games. Their starting rotation is good, but their bullpen is awful.

I'd like to propose a trade of Chad Gaudin, Rich Hill, and Jose Ceda to the White Sox for Nick Swisher. I know he had a down year, but I think he fits nicely in RF and the middle or top of the lineup for the Cubs and will re surge in 2009.

Oh hindsight.

Could we see Fontenot and Hoffpauir at the corners tomorrow? It'd be ridiculous if none of Lee, Aramis, or Bradley are available to do anything but pinch hit tomorrow.

Great game though. I'm thrilled to see the offense put it together. I hope Fontenot and Soto find their bats, especially Fontenot (I really don't want to see Miles take any playing time from him).

Honestly, how can you not DL Bradley backdated to his last appearance and recall a bat from anywhere including the waiver list. I mean the '40-Man' is currently a '34-Man' reserve list. Is there some 'under the table' agreement with his agent?

I can't say I would mind Hoffpauir playing 1B 3-4 times a week.

Fontenot and Miles are both rubbish, imo. Sorry.

And lol @ Cubster for the "portable MRI machine" comment. Very funny.

I humbly disagree on Fontenot.

Oh, not humbly. Angrily. I angrily disagree with you about Fontenot.

Maybe "rubbish" is too strong. But I think fans have gone all "Murton" on him. He's really not as awesome as most Cub fans think he is.

No, Cubs fans don't go crazy over the flavor of the month new young Cubs (Murton, Dubois, Choi, Fontenot, etc.). My favorite was John Hill, may God rest his sole, had this weird obsession over Jermaine Van Buren. Yes, the same JVB who lasted a hole 19.0 innings in the big leagues.

i think fontenot has a good eye and a decent doubles-swing, myself.

his D is good. his footwork is good. his arm is pretty good, too.

and then there's Cubs fan who don't actually like anything about the team....

What Cubs fans are you referring to who don't like anything about the team?

Van Buren- #.00 ERA, 6 innings, 9 walks, 3 K's.

Choi: .218/.350/.421, 8 HR, 28 RBI

Dubois: 227 AB's, .233/.286/.443

Murton: .288/.354/.438, 900 AB's

Yeah..Murton equals those 3...

I will say this. Manny, you were dead on about Ronny Cedeno. Murton coulda been a sold LF, if they'd have just left him alone about the power..lol. It got into his head too much.

Murton is nothing more than a 4th OF, IMO.

And you may be right, but IMO, he deserved a better fate than what he got here, especially after the first full season:
.297/.365/.444, 13 HR, 62 RBI.

I just don't think he deserved to get yanked around, or is comparable to Choi, Dubois, etc...

OrangeDude is hitting .417, with 3 HR, 17 RBI's , and 5 steals for AAA Col. Springs..

I'll give you that. But I think he's a decent all around player, especially at the salary. He's at least adequate with the glove and, I think (though he's only shown OBP skills this year), that he can be a pretty respectable 2, 6-8 hitter. He isn't Chase Utley, but I think on a good year he can approach what DeRosa has done in his best years (offensively).

Holy balls, Jacob Ellsbury steals home off Pettitte and it works!

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  • I think while I get you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.

  • Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...

  • nice.

    also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.

    also also, the wsox are 19-8.