How would you set the line-up for the Cubs?

Mike Quade told the public today how he'd be filling out the first line-up card of spring training. Here's his first shot:

Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Starlin Castro, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Geovany Soto, C
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Does that work for you? What changes would you make?

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  • i'm guessing that this lineup will stick, but i always liked the idea of:

    Fuku
    Castro
    Rami
    Pena
    Sori
    Byrd
    Soto
    DeWitt

    with a possibility of hitting Byrd #1 and Colvin/Fuku @ #6. More ABs for Rami, better opportunities for Sori, and a couple of good hitters behind Sori.

  • In reply to macbergleton:

    I wrote something last year offering up Byrd as a decent candidate to lead off. He might be my pick against lefties, at least until Castro really settles in. But I think I remember Quade liking Baker in the leadoff spot?

  • In reply to macbergleton:

    Fuk is probably the Cubs' best on-base guy against righties. Castro enjoyed the second spot last year, so let him have it again this year.

    Some folks like to have their best overall hitter in the three-spot, and I'd agree with them. On that note, I think Geo Soto might be a better hitter than Marlon. So maybe Soto third.

    Pena and Ramirez at four and five are fine with me, in whatever order you'd like.

    If Byrd isn't hitting third, I think I'd like him in the sixth spot ahead of Soriano. Put another way, I don't mind moving Soriano down as much as possible.

    DeWitt definitely gets the eight spot until he proves he deserves to move up. Jeff Baker is a bit more interesting of a case, especially against lefties.

    When Colvin plays over Fuk, bat him 6 and Byrd 1. When he plays over Sori, put him wherever Fonz was.

    Makes sense to me!

  • In reply to macbergleton:

    It's extremely frustrating to see Geo in the 7 spot in Quade's lineup. He needs to head his head straight on this. Soto is the best hitter the Cubs have. He should be batting in the heart of the lineup. Batting him 7th rather than 3rd or 4th could cost him an entire plate appearance per game. It's insanity.

  • In reply to sep484:

    I think Aramis Ramirez must still be considered the team's best hitter, even after last year. But Soto has to be second-best, right? Unless Pena feasts on NL pitching.

  • In reply to ajwalsh08:

    I'm probably being a little aggressive, but I believe in Geo. Aramis... I hope you're right, but he's definitely on the backside of his career now. The problem is not that Geo is hitting behind Ramirez. It's that he's hitting behind Pena and Soriano.

  • In reply to ajwalsh08:

    Soto should hit somewhere in the 3-4-5 range.

  • In reply to ajwalsh08:

    Here are my preferred lineups - which I'm almost positive that everyone will hate. I've constructed it based on the analysis that the #1,#2, and #4 slots are the most important, followed by #5.

    Against RHP's

    Kosuke Fukudome
    Geovany Soto
    Marlon Byrd
    Aramis Ramirez
    Alfonso Soriano
    Carlos Pena
    Blake DeWitt
    Starlin Castro

    Against LHP's

    Starlin Castro
    Geovany Soto
    Marlon Byrd
    Aramis Ramirez
    Alfonso Soriano
    Jeff Baker
    Carlos Pena
    Kosuke Fukudome

  • In reply to ajwalsh08:

    Since we don't have a real lead-off man, we might as well let Soriano bat first.

    At least that way ONE person will be happy ...

  • I like the look of Quade's first lineup. I'm anxious to see how the season begins.

  • I posted these at the old site last year. Here are my preferred lineups:

    Against RHP
    Kosuke Fukudome: CF/LF
    Starlin Castro: SS
    Geovany Soto: C
    Carlos Pena: 1B
    Aramis Ramirez: 3B
    Alfonso Soriano/Marlon Byrd: CF/LF
    Tyler Colvin: RF
    Blake Dewitt: 2B

    Against LHP
    Blake Dewitt: 2B
    Starlin Castro: SS
    Geovany Soto: C
    Aramis Ramirez: 3B
    Alfonso Soriano: LF
    Carlos Pena: 1B
    Marlon Byrd: CF
    Tyler Colvin: RF

    I'd prefer that Fukudome and Colvin be rotated a little more than I indicated, because both Soriano and Byrd should start most days. However, I still agree with the basic gist.

  • In reply to sep484:

    You don't want Baker against lefties? Also, I think Fuk is much better in RF than in any other position. Put another way, I am pretty sure Fuk cannot handle center.

    AndDeWitt leading off against lefties? Interesting.

  • In reply to sep484:

    I know Pena is supposed to be the big LH bat but his numbers against LHP the last three years combined are a .194 BA with a .316 OBP and a .713 OPS. I'd like to see him on the bench with facing lefties. I'd rather see Baker (.316 BA, .361 OPS, .906 OPS vs LHP last 3 yrs) those days. I might try vs RHP (Fuk,Castro,Pena,Rami,Colvin,Byrd,Soto,DeWitt) and vs LHP (Johnson,Castro,Soto,Rami,Sori,Baker,Byrd,DeWitt). I realize that's a lot of bench time for the $18M/yr Soriano but he's hit .250 with a .769 OPS vs RHP the past three years and his glovework is awful.

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