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Mike Fontenot started at second base yesterday in place of incumbent Ryan Theriot, and he hit a couple of hard ones, though he didn’t have much to show for it.

So was the start a one-day rest for Theriot, or the start of something bigger? Dare I suggest, a platoon?

“Fontenot’s had a good month,” Piniella said. “He’s swung the bat well. We’ll see how well Fontenot does, but I’m not going to say one way or another. This could be more than a one-day thing, yes.”

The May splits were quite different for Fontenot and Theriot. Fontenot entered Monday with a May hitting line of .378/.440/.689, while Theriot was at .238/.259/248, leading to the switch.

Fontenot had 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer and 11 RBI. Theriot, on the other hand, had only 1 extra-base hit and 1 walk for the month.

“He’s swinging the bat, putting the ball in play,” Piniella said of Fontenot. “He’s done better. With Theriot, we’re talking about 1 walk the whole month. That’s kind of hard to do. We talked to him about it. He’s had 1 extra-base hit the whole month.

“But we’ll see. I like the energy that he brings. I like the way he plays baseball. Unfortunately for us, what we need here is offense.”

Theriot got into Monday’s game and ended it by striking out with a man on base.

“Obviously, you want to be in there playing,” he said. “But I can play other spots, as well. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. The main thing is to start winning ballgames, and hopefully we can do that.

“I don’t think he’s singling me out; I don’t think he’s taking me out. I’ve got more at-bats than anybody else on the team, so I don’t think it’s that at all. Mike’s swinging the bat well, and that might just be they want to get him some more ABs.” Daily Herald.

At this point, we can only pray for a platoon – Lou has never shown a penchant for using them, even when they make obvious sense.

As Theriot struggles, and seemingly refuses to change his approach at the plate, I’m reminded that this is the guy who took the Cubs to arbitration for the first time in over a decade.

  • wax_eagle

    Fonte starting gives this team some nice Lefty/Righty balance. Lineup should look like this

    Dome
    Castro
    Lee
    Sorianno
    Fonte
    Rami
    Byrd
    Geo
    Pitcher

    Castro has shown himself worthy of the #2 hole and Geo has thrived this year in the bottom of the lineup. When Rami gets back to normal he and Sori can flipflop again.

    • Manny

      Wax I love that line up. But I would maybe switch fondo and byrd. I still think fondo is a better hitter and we saw that fondo had little trouble hitting last year when he started so I don’t trust him yet with men on base. But if that was put up I would love it….I still think we got a chance. We need to pull off a trade where we would get our bullpen stronger.

      • wax_eagle

        The reason I put Fonte up higher was that he’s a lefty and the lineup is so void of lefties in the middle.

        The middle of the pen will sort itself out. Trading for a reliever is a bad proposition. Ill say it again, trading for a reliever is a bad proposition. We have several guys in Iowa we haven’t tried yet and I am much more confident in their ability to catch lightning in a bottle than I would be if we traded for someone else’s crummy middle reliever.

        The Cubs definitely have a chance, but they do have to start actually beating the Pirates first.

        • Ace

          Trading for a reliever has become an even more lame proposition given the pathetic offense – the bullpen hasn’t mattered.

          • bric

            Well, it matters in the sense that it’s blown so many games it’s forcing Pinella to leave the starters in far longer than they’re used to because the games are too close to take a chance, because the offense is overpowered but mediocre pitching.

            It reminds me of the story of the old woman who swallowed the fly. So she swallowed a spider to kill the fly. But then she had to swallow a snake to kill the spider, etc. And I agrree we need to stop talking about a miracle middle reliever. That’s how we got Grabow and Gorz. Wonder whatevfer happened to Kevin Hart…

            • wax_eagle

              tore his labrum.

  • Rob

    What drives me kind of wild in regards to all this Theriot talk is that he has been struggling far less than lets say, Aramis Rameriz. I agree Theriot hasn’t been hitting all that great and not walking is a bad sign. But what about Aramis? What kind of precedent does that set? Because I usually am clutch and make a higher amount than Theriot, I shouldn’t get to bat .159 in the four spot because of it.

    I think we need to stop focusing on the guy who is kind of hurting us and start doing something about the guy who isn’t even helping at all.

    • wax_eagle

      Upside – Rami has more of it

  • MM

    Seriously, why in the world is Rami still playing? If you are trying to get the Cubs going, you’ve got to look at putting Fondo at 3rd or even Baker. Worst case scenario, you move Rami to 8th. Maybe the line up looks like this….
    Dome
    Castro
    Byrd
    Sorianno
    Geo
    TheRiot
    Lee
    Fonte/Rami
    Pitcher

  • Hawkboy64

    The cubs just lost to the Pittsburgh freakin pirates again are u kidding me the cubs should be ashamed of their pathetic play and it’s getting real close to ppl needing to lose jobs. Pinella, hendry, lee, ramirez,soto,theriot, and the list goes on and I know their trying but just watcing them I see no sense of urgency they. Should donate their checks to the gulf coast ppl at least then their money would be well spent it’s time fr players who can hit to play over ppl who just collect big paychecks

    • bric

      Thank God there’s no “cooling off” period on this website like there is if you want to buy a gun. I know I should probably wait until Ace publishes his “enhanced box score”, hopefully with a big red arrow thru Pinella’s head. I understand that when you win all is good in the world and when you lose you usually blame the coach. A lot of the time it’s not his fault. But this time I really think it is. He needs to go now. I don’t care if Lee takes over as a player coach – anyone is better than him. After every loss he reminds me of Bush telling us how well the recovery in New Orleans is going, when we all know he has no answers, no ideas, is overwhelmed, and doesn’t reallt care for the job anymore.
      Ricketts – if you’re listening – do us all a favor and let him retire before the weekend! You don’t want to start this way!

      • Ace

        I know how you feel, man. Sometimes I have to give myself a cooling off moment or two before completing the EBS.

        It’s time for Lou to go. Scapegoat or no, the move should be made.

  • Hawkboy64

    I know i’ve already ranted but one more question does anyone think this team has any leadership r direction. I wish ricketts would comment on the state. Of these overpaid underachieving players. Somebody please act like u care

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