With the last of the cuts made yesterday, the 25 man roster is set. Enough talk about Prior and Wood. Let’s talk about this years Cubs as they stand right now.
Lou Piniella announced his opening day lineup for Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Alfonso Soriano, Matt Murton, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Jacque Jones, Michael Barrett, Mark DeRosa, Cesar Izturis and Zambrano.
About a month or so ago, I remember reading some article that questioned why the Cubs would want Soriano’s numbers at the top of the lineup. At a glance, it seems to make some sense. He doesn’t fit the stereotypical lead-off hitter role. His numbers point to maybe a 3-spot hitter. Regardless, I like to have information as ammunition for arguments. So I went out and Googled the Internet for some research. What I found is that this is a pretty fervent argument, all over the web. Published columnists, bloggers, and every day Joes in public message forums all have something to say. There are a ton of differing opinions about the Cubs lineup! Most specifically at the top of the order. So I was curious to see what all of you think. Should Soriano be leading off? Some hard core stats guys say he shouldn’t. Too many strike outs and too many solo home runs. Others say that your best player should get the most at bats per game. That’s why he is where he is. Some simulators show that the the Nationals may have lost out on something like 25-40 runs last year because of Soriano hitting lead-off rather than a more RBI producing position in the lineup. There are numbers to support both sides of the argument. To me, it really is interesting to see all of the different viewpoints. So my question is: If these 2007 Cubs truly were your Cubs, how would they line up for you come Monday?