Unless some uncharacteristic February moves are made, the Cubs opening day line-up can be somewhat projected, and as we all know...it won't be purdy. Let's look at the hyptheticals:
Lake LF/Ruggiano could be in one of these OF spots
Murphy/Valbuena 3B...please God let it be Olt...
Yuck! the only way I see this line-up being productive(even watchable), most of the following would have to happen
1. Big improvements by Castro and Rizzo and Castillo.
2. Lake defies the odds and turns out to be the real deal...
3. Olt reverts back to one of the best offensive prosepects in the game
4. Barney....oh f%^k it! Barney cannot hit..
5. the rest of the platooners in the OF hit way above the norm...
even if ALL of these things break right...it's still just a decent MLB line-up with no chance of contending...unless Castro and Rizzo advance to 5-6 WAR players(insert own snicker)
This got me thinking...Will this be the worst Cubs' opening day line-up of all time? Harkening back to my childhood, the line-up that immediately came to my mind was 1981. Take a look:
Starting Lineups 1981 OPENING DAY
As someone who was 12 at the time...watched most of the games, and knew these players well...2014 wins at SS, 2B(yes you heard me) C, CF, 3B, with pushes at 1B, LF and RF(do keep in mind that 1981 was the last year prior to Dallas Green coming in and doing things well)
feel free to post other years' bad line-ups...and if you love these kinda comparisons...my book is chock full of them...and Brett has that nice easy BN/Amazon tab now..
so 2014 looks to be dreadful...but in the context of our teams' dreadful history..."ah...not so bad"
oh, and guys...brace yourself...Dick Tidrow threw in relief on April 9th 1981!