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Box score

Today was game one of the march toward October and I wanted to take a look at the box score and see if we can note some things after one outing.

  • Alfonso Soriano – We saw him in a limited role, but nevertheless, still in the leadoff spot. I’ll be honest with you. I’m really OK with that. If that’s what the lineup looks like come opening day I don’t mind. At the plate, Sori was on base in both trips to the plate with a single and even a walk. Yes, you read that right, a walk. He’s not really a guy on the bubble to make this roster, but it was encouraging to see him due what a leadoff man does in the very first game.
  • Ryan Theriot – The Riot had the honor of the # 2 spot in the order, which is also where I feel his bat belongs. He mentioned that if given the shot to leadoff, we’d see more than 30 steals from him, but what people forget is that with those will come 20+ caught stealing as well. Theriot is not the best base runner and doesn’t have the best instincts. That being said, I like him in the second spot because it limits the running slightly, while not completely curbing it like the 8th spot does.
  • Micah Hoffpauir – Uh oh, now the Hoffpauir for MVP folks will be out in full swing. Micah not only hit a homerun, but it was a grand slam. The fact remains, there really isn’t a spot for him on this roster due to the numbers game. Even if the Cubs carry five outfielders out of camp, that would leave Gathright out of the mix and I believe Hendry wants that speed on the roster. It would be fine for Hoffpauir to fill that backup infielder role IF he could actually play defense in anyway and had experience backing up 3B. Look at the numbers folks. 5-OF, 2-C, 12-P leaves room for 6-IF. Lee, Ramirez, Miles, Fontenot, Theriot are slotted for 5. None but Ramirez has any significant experience at 3B. That final IF spot has to go to someone who can play the corners. I don’t know who that guy is at that point, but my guess is he’s not currently on the roster. Carrie Muskat mentioned “With Mark DeRosa gone, the Cubs need to find a backup third baseman. Luis Rivas, a non-roster invitee who has played for Minnesota, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, was working out with the regulars on Tuesday and will get a good look.” We’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think the answer is on this team right now. A guy like Nomar Garciaparra makes a lot of sense for this team because of his versatility. We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Mike Fontenot

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    – Game one of the second base battle goes to Miles, who didn’t even play. Fontenot went 0-for-3 with a LOB. Not a good start for Mike.

  • Jeff Samardzija – He’s battling for that 5th starter spot and got the “start” today, even though that means just two innings. In that time, two runs on two walks and three hits were the result. A less than impressive start. Mitch Atkins, an outside competitor for that spot as well after his 17 win season in the minors, came in the game in the third and was a shade better, though not much.
  • David Patton – Rule 5 guy that is intriguing to me. He used to be a highly touted prospect at one point. I’m curious to see what he can do over the course of the spring. Even if he doesn’t make the active roster, perhaps he’ll clear waivers and be declined by the Rockies to take him back. If that turns out to be the case, he could be placed in the minors and try to work his way to the Majors as a starter.
  • Jason Waddell had two strikeouts in his inning, but do you care?

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail