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#1 college_of_coaches

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:34 PM

Just for kicks, I thought it would be fun to try to predict which player(s) the Cubs would start at DH this season. Looking at the schedule, I counted seven games at AL ballparks, thus the numbers are limited. So here are my picks:

Alfonso Soriano: four games – obviously the natural choice, given that he’s…well…a natural here. But it makes too much sense, as it represents a brief opportunity to keep his bat in the lineup and still rest his legs.

Wellington Castillo: three games – the organization has already stated that free-agent acquisition Dioner Navarro will start close to a third of the games. If Clevenger makes the team, the Cubs have enough depth at catcher to use a few away games at AL parks to give Castillo a handful of extra at bats.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:14 AM

I gotta go with the obvious (Although we know this would not be his druthers) for the May 27 and 28 'away games' across town. They are back-to-back with the two home games against the White Sox when Soriano will put his rested legs back on the outfield grass. It'll be good for his legs, and he might have the opportunity to get into the heads of some White Sox relievers over four games.

For the later away-interleague series I see--well, nothing definite. Angles early June: probably Soriano again (he's being showcased and shopped, too). But by late June (Seattle) I'd bet other needs will announce themselves (by or before then): rest-reentry for someone, at bats for someone, left-right match ups, etc). A merry-go-round of in-game substitutions perhaps.

By the time we hit Oakland in early July another natural choice may be on the roster. And Soriano may not be.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:00 PM

I'm gonna go on a limb and maybe guess that Josh Vitters, if he's killing it in AAA, will make at least a couple starts at DH this season.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:44 PM

Is Vitters any good with his glove?

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:54 AM

Is Vitters any good with his glove?

He's better than I am in the field... but just barely.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:59 AM


Is Vitters any good with his glove?

He's better than I am in the field... but just barely.

No, no he's not.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:15 AM

FFP, you're right about the variables. The Cubs will likely go with whatever option the situation demands, which makes it unpredictable. For this reason (plus the small number of games), I thought it might be a fun game. I think Vitters is an intriguing option here.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:35 AM

Soriano is the likely DH for every game the Cubs play that utilizes it.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:39 AM


Is Vitters any good with his glove?

He's better than I am in the field... but just barely.


I didn't know you sucked THAT bad!

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

the only reason why he's a better defensive 3B than me is that I have to throw across my body due to being left handed

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

the only reason why he's a better defensive 3B than me is that I have to throw across my body due to being left handed

...and you live in a van, down by the river.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:03 AM


the only reason why he's a better defensive 3B than me is that I have to throw across my body due to being left handed

...and you live in a van, down by the river.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

Hey, speaking of bad fielders, there's Dan Vogelbach!

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

Hey, speaking of bad fielders, there's Dan Vogelbach!

LOL!
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:07 PM

I was thinking young matt stairs




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