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Every day I look at the Cubs lineup and for some crazy as hell reason Dusty Baker INSISTS on batting Jacque Jones 6 or lower (usually lower). Does he not realize that Jones is the best hitter the Cubs have right now? Why in the hell don't you get that man in the 3 or 4 hole? Does somebody have an explanation?

The Cubs NEED RUNS in the worst way. They have scored the fewest runs in the majors 23 less than the Royals for christsake!.

Seriously! With Lee back, the Cubs' lineup should shakedown like this:

1. Pierre CF 2. Walker 2B 3. Jones RF 4. Lee 1B 5. Nevin LF 6. Ramirez 3b 7. Cedeno SS 8. Blanco C (Barnett 7 when he gets back from his AJ face smashing suspension) 9. Mr. Pitcher.

They should let Nevin catch and they would have a very good offensive lineup if Ramirez and Pierre can ever get back on track.

Nevin has been raking since he arrived. I still would like Murton to get some PT so maybe if they continue to insist on batting Jones so low they can trade him. I would like them to keep Jones I think he is a great all around player though. I also think the Cubs are not out of it yet.

Crazy as that sounds I continue to believe that the Cubs have a good team. Aside from the glass arms of Prior and Wood the prospects of Marshall and Marmol are good. The bullpen is good as well. I do think they will not resign Baker at the end of the year. I don't think this mess of a season is entirely his fault given the injury to Lee but the work load he imposes on the starters has to be a contributing factor to Prior's and Wood's health. Not to worry Baker fans I think he will go elsewhere and do just fine.

Go Cubbies.

3 interested person(s)

Colbs said... @ 6/28/2006 06:00:00 AM

Hmmm, Cubs?

LET'S GO MARINERS! A triumphant return to .500! Woooo!

JT said... @ 6/28/2006 10:21:00 AM

Sorry K, you know I'm a cubs nut too, but they are definitely out of it. 20 games under .500, and especially after last night's 4-run Milwaukee 9th inning of Dempster, this coming after we scraped our way back into the game with 2 runs in the 8th to take a 5-4 lead. Fucking inexcusable.

The Cubs are broker than broke right now. We need to sell a lot of guys [even the big-ticket items], and do what the Marlins did : keep two or three key guys [whether big names or excellent prospects/rookies that we have playing right now], trade the rest for AAA- or MLB-ready prospects [if that's even physically possible anymore], and rebuild from the ground up, because right now our foundation's rotten and the whole thing is in danger of collapse.

It irks me greatly.

Eric said... @ 6/29/2006 07:16:00 PM

They are out of it for sure. Tell me why Dusty shouldn't be run out of town today? Hmmmm???

How is it that Matt Murton has regressed since the beginning of the season?? I say fire all the coaches from A ball to the big league club... That would be a start.

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