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....

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

http://twitter.com/GoMirrus/status/1850899296...

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.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8787/care...
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7662/care...

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!!

Cheers,
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
http://t.co/HNyhta3S

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.

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

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  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 11 min 13 sec ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 11 sec ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • QuietMan 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 4 hours 26 min ago view