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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  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.