|WHITE SOX 5 CUBS 3|
|SP Carlos Zambrano||SP Jose Contreras|
|LF *Scott Podsednik||2B Jerry Hairston|
|2B *Willie Harris||SS #Neifi Perez|
|CF Aaron Rowand||1B Derrek Lee|
|1B Paul Konerko||RF *Jeromy Burnitz|
|C *AJ Pierzynski||3B Aramis Ramirez|
With a day off today, we can all sit back and enjoy the lovely post-McGriff glow. If Baylor actually lets Matt Stairs play left field while Rondell White is hurt, that makes the lineup significantly better than if he decides to keep playing Delino DeShields out there. With The Franchise (finally) being sent down to make room for McGriff, that means one less outfielder out there, which means Stairs might actually get some playing time. He's not much with his glove, but he's the second-best offensive player on the team and he should be playing nearly every day.
Finally, the long-awaited position player roundup. Now we can start writing about things like why Baylor bunts so much.
The fact that every first baseman on the market has been mentioned as a possible Cub says something about the success of the Matt Stairs/Ron Coomer/Julio Zuleta troika. They’ve hit a combined .250 with a 745 OPS – hardly what you want to get out of a power position. With Fred McGriff on the way, things should improve here, but up to this point the first basemen get a C-minus.