First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

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First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs will play their first Spring Training game tomorrow, and manager Lou Piniella has released the lineup for the game:

1. Ryan Theriot  SS

2. Kosuke Fukudome RF

3. Derrek Lee  1B

4. Aramis Ramirez  3B

5. Marlon Byrd  CF

6. Tyler Colvin LF

7. Mike Fontenot  2B

8. Geovany Soto  C

9. Randy Wells  P

Now, this lineup is, of course, both early and not necessarily indicative of the lineup Piniella has in his head for the regular season, but a few things should jump out at you.

First is, well, first. Ryan Theriot is batting leadoff, and not Kosuke Fukudome. This could be a sign that Piniella would rather have Theriot leadoff, generally, than Fukudome. Next, note that Marlon Byrd is fifth, with Tyler Colvin – who is holding Alfonso Soriano’s spot – batting sixth. This is almost certainly how things will play out at the start of the season, short of an offensive explosion for Soriano in Spring Training.

Then there is Mike Fontenot getting the nod at second base. This might mean nothing more than the fact that Fontenot was the presumptive starter last year, or that the Cubs expect to face a right-handed starter. But still, it’s interesting. It’s also interesting to see Geovany Soto all the way down in the 8 hole. Wouldn’t it be nice if he had a productive season?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.