Just a reminder, December 8th is when the Rule 5 draft occurs. Some of the Cubs that will be exposed to Rule 5 include Richard Lewis, Mike Fontenot, Russ Rohlichek and Brandon Sing. Don’t be surprised to see Fontenot or Sing going somewhere in a trade because they will likely be claimed in Rule 5.
That having been said, here’s my prediction of who Dusty will start on Opening Day: Furcal SS, Perez 2B, Lee 1B, Ramirez 3B, Mench RF, Murton LF, Patterson CF and Barrett C. Starting pitchers will be Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Byrd and Rusch. Kerry Wood will be on the DL for the first week or two getting his arm strength up. Walker will go to Texas in a trade for Mench.