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Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

Posted on: May 6, 2009 12:11 pm
So how about this line-up to strike fear in the hearts of major league pitching staffs:

1- Joey Gathright
2- Aaron Miles
3- Kosuke Fukudome
4- Derrek Lee
5- Micah Hoffpauir
6- Mike Fontenot
7- Bobby Scales
8- Koyie Hill
9- Sean Marshall

I get the theme. Lefties and switch hitters. Derrek Lee is the only true right handed hitter in that entire line-up. Even the pitcher is a lefty.

Here's another theme: Vacation.

Not only did Lou Piniella give Cubs starters a vacation day (other than Lee, Fukudome and Fontenot), but he also gave a vacation day to former Cy Young winner and opposing pitcher, Tim Lincecum.

I seriously don't get this. I understand getting as many quality lefties in there against a dominant right handed pitcher. That's when your switch hitters bat left, and maybe Micah Hoffpauir comes in for Derrek Lee, who could probably use the day off more than Ryan Theriot (one of the hotter hitters in the entire league right now).

When does a manager cross the line between a strategic batting line-up and giving up the game? I think Lou crossed that line yesterday.

Lincecum is good enough as it is, he doesn't need the Cubs to rig the game for it.

Did I mention Scales was starting in his first ever major league appearance? Talk about baptism by fire. To be fair, though, he got his first ever major league hit against a former Cy Young winner, so I guess it wasn't too bad.

Maybe I'm being to harsh on Lou's decision. Maybe the strategy goes beyond just yesterday's game.

I mean after all, the Cubs do have a huge match up against Mike Hampton and the absolutely mediocre-at-best Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Category: MLB

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 9:48 am

Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

Cubs are looking to sweep the Stro's, looks like Lou got the offense back on track. Lee has been in a slump but Hoff has been batting good against righties. What has happened to Soto this year? Is he gonna start hitting we need his power and RBI's to make this offense more intimidating. Soriano, Theriot and Fukudome are doing there part very well so far this year. Looks like Ramirez will put up another solid season in the cleanup spot. i like how Fontenot is hitting so far this season he has had some suprising power 5 Hr's already. Bradley has been a complete disappointment and im not sure why we paid him all that money for one good season. Why not get Abreu, he got paid about the same but is producing far more.
Anyways I like the blog and i wondered the same thing about Lou sometimes.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 12:56 pm

Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

Fair point Don.

I remember that game but for some reason I didn't remember that Milwaukee was still fighting for the Wild Card.

I guess baseball never ceases to amaze, but that's why we love it, right?

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:48 pm

Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

Why not just forfeit the game and give everyone the rest.Cause of stuff  

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 9:51 pm

Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

I'm right there with you abba.

It's not that he's giving guys needed rest, it's that Lou decided to bombard the lineup with backups all in one day.. and against a Cy Young winner of all people.

Why not just forfeit the game and give everyone the rest.

And abba- thanks for your support, it could only have helped.

Here's to a hopefully successful season and a successful blog!

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2009 8:01 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 6:59 pm

Cubs Give Lincecum a Minor League Workout

The Cubs are in the middle of a 20 games in 20 days. Then they go 18 games in 19 days. Hence the rest for much of the lineup.

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