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Lou Has Leverage

By bullpenbrian at 06.17.2009 Leave a comment.

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Changing the lineup is long overdue.

It’s the third week of June and the Cubs are sitting sub .500 (30-31) with a .244 team batting average.

At this point, Lou has all the leverage to make whatever moves he wants–veteran pride aside.

Whether it’s dropping Soriano in the order, flip-flopping cleanup hitters or simply sitting players, you have to do better than 10 runs scored in the last six games.

For the time being, Jake Fox needs to be an everyday player. Derek Lee has to be moved from the three hole, and Fukudome should bat no higher than sixth.

I’m not looking for radical moves like moving Lee to the leadoff spot; those don’t work in the long run.

However, sitting Soto in favor of Koyie Hill and moving Ryan Theriot to leadoff are more to my liking.

The Cubs are hitting so poorly it’s hard to tell exactly how good John Danks was Wednesday afternoon.

I’m not discrediting the lefty, but the Cubs left plenty of scoring opportunities on the base paths–without drawing a single walk.

It’s been the same story all season long: no clutch hits.

And with each passing game of two or less runs scored, I’m leaning more towards Jim Hendry adding a spark from outside the organization.

The simple fact Hendry is entertaining the thought of signing Pedro Martinez has me thinking a trade could be in the works.

Sign Pedro, and a guy like Randy Wells could possibly be dealt for a bat in return.

Hey, at this point, I’m game for almost anything.

  • Cubs (30-31) are in fourth place.
  • W: Danks (5-5) Dempster (4-4) S: Jenks (15)
  • The White Sox lead the all time intracity series 34-33.
  • At Wrigley, the Cubs are 19-15 against the South Siders.
  • Versus the AL the Cubs are 1-4.
  • The Cubs’ 61 games played are the fewest in the majors.
  • Four games have been rained out this season (St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, and the Sox).
  • Derek Lee’s hitting streak is at 14 games.
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