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Final Spring Game – Cubs Lineup vs Brewers

A welcome sight to players and fans alike, the last game of spring training is here.  The Cubs will battle the Brewers today at 2:05 PM Central, then break camp and head North for the start of the 2012 season.  The bullpen decisions still loom as the Cubs most likely will not finalize their 25 man roster until tomorrow.  Here is how the Cubs lineup today, Sveum wanted to go with his opening day lineup but LaHair was a late scratch with a stiff back which has plagued him for the last few days.  Travis Wood takes the ball before heading to Iowa.

RF DeJesus
2B Barney
SS Castro
LF Soriano
3B Stewart
C Soto
CF Byrd
1B DeWitt
DH Johnson

We preview the first series of the year against the Nationals tonight or tomorrow, check back later on.

Thanks for reading,
- George Cotugno

Cubs Opening Day Lineup

Three days to go, the Cubs open the 2012 campaign against Strasburg and the Nationals on Thursday, here is how the Cubs will lineup against Washington’s ace.

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

Should be a formidable task to say the least, check back here before opening day as we will roll out our series previews, and all things Opening Day.

Thanks for reading,
- George Cotugno

 

Batting 4th, 1st Baseman, Bryan LaHair

Yes Cubs fans, you read that correctly, and it’s not up for discussion according to Cubs skipper Dale Sveum, “It’s Bryan LaHair’s job, and it’s not his to lose. It’s his job and the guy has earned the right to have it and he’s earned the right for me to have a lot of patience too if he’s not getting off to a good start.”  As Dale Sveum begins to dive into his first camp as the Cubs manager, he is starting to piece together what the opening day lineup will look like.  Much to the surprise of many, the first decision that was made was that of Brian LaHair not only starting at first base, but hitting 4th, arguably the spot in the lineup for a teams biggest run producer.  Cubs fans got a taste of LaHair at the end of last season, and one could say that LaHair’s performance was one of the few bright spots in a very dark season.  In 59 at bats last season LaHair hit a respectable, if not solid .288 with a .377 on base percentage.  That type of on base  percentage was unheard of for a Cubs player last year given the complete lack of discipline and patience at the plate from the team as a whole, in fact LaHair’s OBP led the team, not counting Steve Clevenger who only had 4 at bats.

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