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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Cubs: Change the Lineup, Find the Plate

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100_chicago-cubs-logo1Scenario for you here:

Your power hitting catcher is hitting just over .100. Your big first baseman has an OPS that should be the total for his slugging percentage. Your clutch-hitting clean-up hitter is shelved with an injury. And your major free agent acquisition hasn’t played much and when he has it’s been poorly.

So by all means — keep Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff spot. Whuh?

Why is Derrek Lee batting fourth against a right-hander? C’mon Lou. Just put Theriot and Fukudome at 1-2. Bradley can bat third and then Soriano comes to the dish with men on base. Bat Lee 5th if you must, but against righties I’d probably rather see Fontenot there. Get your biggest bats to the plate with men on base. Thanks.

Not exactly a stellar April for the Cubs. They sit in 5th place at 10-11 and they are just 4-5 at home. They’ve allowed the most runs in the NL Central. Lee and Soto look tired already. The starting pitching has been average and the bullpen has been mostly garbage.

They should not be in the middle of the pack for runs scored. And they are second in the NL in walks allowed. Make the lineup adjustments and start finding the plate.

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