Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:42 am
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
This is from bleedcubbieblue.com today:
Will it be Matt Murton, who could start in LF? Will it be Eric Patterson, who can play several positions and hits lefthanded? It could, I suppose, be someone like Josh Kroeger, who also hits lefthanded and could play left field and who, unlike Murton, has actually shown some power at Iowa this year (.483 SLG to Murton's .395), and Lou seems to crave lefthanded power. Kroeger, however, is not on the 40-man roster and it's full right now, so someone would have to be let go (why is Jake Fox still on the 40-man?). Or how about... Felix Pie?
My suspicion is that the Cubs will fill from within for now -- they could, from time to time, as they did last night, put Mike Fontenot at 2B and Mark DeRosa in LF, which also happened ten times when Soriano was out with his leg problems in April (the Cubs went 8-4 with DeRosa as their starting LF). They could also play Reed Johnson in LF with Jim Edmonds in CF, if necessary.
I shudder at that last one, but if either Pie or Patterson (yup Corey's brother) is called up, they're both still absolutely worthless in fantasy. Patterson has an atrocious OBP much like big bro, and Pie was still struggling mightily in AAA, working on a new approach at the plate, shortening his swing.
My money's on Murton and Hoffpauir.
14 team h2h league. C,1B,2B,SS,3B,MI,CI,U,5SP,2RP... It's standard 5x5, but we use quality starts instead of wins.
C Lucroy, Jonathan; 1B Fielder, Prince; 2B Kendrick, Howard; 3B Alvarez, Pete; SS Aybar, Erick; MI Gordon, Dee; CI Pujols, Albert; OF Presley, Alex; OF Francoeur, Jeff; OF Viciedo, Dayan; OF Upton, Justin; U Hosmer, Eric
BENCH: ...OF Jennings, Desmond; 1B Rizzo, Anthony; Injured: Craig, Allen
PITCHERS: SP Beachy, Brandon; SP Bumgarner, Madison; Parker, Jarrod; SP Rodriguez, Wandy; SP Worley, Vance; RP Jansen, Kenley; RP Casilla, Santiago...
BENCH: Downs, Scott