Aramis Ramirez for Three-Hole and Other Bullets – May 14, 2011

Tonight’s game against the Giants will be the first Saturday night game at Wrigley Field in nine years, and the first time one was actually scheduled in 13 years (the one nine years ago was a part of the Darryl Kile doubleheader). I suspect there will be a nice crowd in attendance. Be good.

  • Mike Quade is finally willing to consider something we’ve generally clamored about for weeks: batting Aramis Ramirez third. “So much of what we do here is a combination of what guys can handle,” Quade explained after conceding Ramirez in the three-hole is a possibility. “If one guy moves out of one spot, who goes into the other spot? Nothing is off the table. I look at everything. I still think that given the guys in front of him who have been getting on base, he’s in the right spot to drive in runs because the on-base percentage from 1, 2 and 3 have been fabulous. And if we move him, who slides into that 4-hole to give you consistent RBI at-bats there. I haven’t had Castro ninth yet, but I’ve thought about every combination I could think about and nothing is ever off the table if I feel like there’s a different mix.” For the first several weeks of the season, Quade was resolute in saying that the Cubs have a set hitter in the 4-hole, and that’s it.
  • Apparently there was some radio report that Jim Hendry had been fired. It’s not true.
  • Brett Jackson – he of the sprained left pinkie – is expected to miss about a week of action at AA Tennessee. He’s the Cubs’ top prospect, so you can exhale now.
  • Some fluff on the gritty bench duo, Reed Johnson and Koyie Hill.

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11 responses to “Aramis Ramirez for Three-Hole and Other Bullets – May 14, 2011”

  1. TimmyD78

    Castro
    Barney
    Fukudome
    Ramirez
    Soriano
    Pena
    Soto (when back)
    Byrd

    1. TimmyD78

      Or
      Castro
      Barney
      Ramirez
      Pena
      Soriano
      Fukudome
      Soto
      Byrd

      1. BT

        You know, looking at those lineups, we really should be a lot better than we are.

        1. pfk

          Not really. Anyway you shuffle it, the 3, 4 and 5 hitters are neither clutch with RISP nor drive do they drive in many runs. Pena doesn’t, Byrd doesn’t, Fukudome doesn’t, Soriano doesn’t and Ramirez is not what he was. We don’t compare to the Cards, Reds and Brewers in the middle of the order much less 5-6 other teams outside the division and the AL/NL. This is our big off season work – to fix the middle of the order. Fukudome will be gone, Pena will be gone and Ramirez will be gone. So, we have 1st base, third base and right field available to fill the needs. And, we have Byrd as a trading chip too. So, Castro, Barney, Soriano and Soto may be the only returning starters. We have a ton of options and the money to execute them along with a couple of young studs coming along through the system. 2012 could be an awesome season with fresh faces. We have a great bullpen and decent starters 1-4. If we get the middle of the order fixed, we will be very competitive or at least on our way.

          1. BT

            You are confusing cause and effect. We aren’t better BECAUSE those guys haven’t been driving in runs. They are all (with the exception of Fuk) capable of doing it. They haven’t. That’s why we are 3 games under .500. Soriano drove in over 70 runs a season while batting leadoff. ARam has driven in over 100 runs multiple times. Same with Pena.

            My point is, if our #8 hitter is Marlon Byrd, we don’t really have any holes in the lineup (although I’m waiting for the clock to strike midnight on Barney), and we SHOULD have a good offense. Obviously we don’t, and that’s mostly because the middle of our lineup has failed on multiple occasions.

  2. JamesJones

    The words gritty and Koyie Hill used in the same sentence. Now thats hot.

  3. JamesJones

    Just heard this, Castro is batting third tonight. Seriously. WTF.

  4. Eric

    it’s good to see the cubs haven’t changed with runners in scoring position…