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5 CHICAGO CUBS
March 26, 2012
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March 26, 2012

5 Chicago Cubs

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB
RF DAVID DEJESUS
L-L .240 .323 .376 10 46 4
SS STARLIN CASTRO
R-R .307 .341 .432 10 66 22
CF MARLON BYRD
R-R .276 .324 .395 9 35 3
1B BRYAN LAHAIR
L-R .288 .377 .508 2 6 0
LF ALFONSO SORIANO
R-R .244 .289 .469 26 88 2
C GEOVANY SOTO
R-R .228 .310 .411 17 54 0
3B IAN STEWART
L-R .156 .243 .221 0 6 3
2B DARWIN BARNEY
R-R .276 .313 .353 2 43 9
BENCH
OF REED JOHNSON
R-R .309 .348 .467 5 28 2
IF JEFF BAKER
R-R .269 .302 .383 3 23 0
IF BLAKE DEWITT
L-R .265 .305 .413 5 26 1

ENEMY LINES

A rival scout sizes up the Cubs

No matter what Theo Epstein says, they're in complete rebuild mode.... They got Ian Stewart from the Rockies, but it doesn't look like he did much in the off-season to make some necessary adjustments. He's a dead fastball hitter with a long uppercut swing—a pull-oriented, big-strikeout guy.... It's just a matter of time before they get rid of Alfonso Soriano. He can't run—his hamstrings are bad. He's not a good defensive player, one of the worst leftfielders in the National League. But he still has serious bat speed, and when he gets his pitch, he can hit it.... The key piece is Starlin Castro. He plays a little out of control. Sometimes you see a few highlights plays, but then he makes careless errors.... Anthony Rizzo has all the hitting attributes to be a quality player, someday he could be in the upper half of major league first baseman. But he needs more time in the minors. They're better off giving Bryan LaHair a chance at first.... Matt Garza pitches like his hair is on fire: He rushes and gets out of sync. He has a pretty good feel for the changeup but must learn to take a little bit off his other pitches. He's a frustrating guy—has the tools to be a Number 1, but I don't think he ever will be.... I think Jeff Samardzija's best role is in the eighth inning. He struggles with the consistency of his breaking ball; his split can be nasty, but it's not consistent enough. If Samardzija, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol are on, that's a pretty good seventh, eighth and ninth. They could really lock down some games.

THE LINEUP

With 2011 Statistics

MANAGER DALE SVEUM

1st season with Cubs

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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