So. . .um hey! Good morning!
Uh, remember yesterday when I dedicated the entire game thread to declaring that Soriano wasn’t moving out of the leadoff spot and we all just had to get over wanting him to move down in the lineup?
Rookie Sam Fuld is expected to move into the Cubs leadoff spot Saturday with Alfonso Soriano moving to the middle of the order.
Manager Lou Piniella declined to discuss the move, except to say “we’ll probably make a few adjustments with our lineup.”
Soriano was 0-for-5 in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Milwaukee after a two-day rest and is hitting .173 over his last 36 games. He said he will hit anywhere Piniella wants and understands his reasoning.
So. . . yeah.
Don’t look now, kids, but we might have to start easing up on Groggles:
Gregg watch: Kevin Gregg threw two scoreless innings to notch the 2-1 victory over Milwaukee and now has held opponents scoreless in 24 of his last 27 outings.
“Just getting comfortable,” he said. “If you remember how the first part of the season went, I had some unfortunate breaks — a couple of balls lost in lights. … The ball is starting to bounce my way, I guess.”
It helps that Gregg has walked only eight batters in his last 28 appearances after walking eight in his first 10 outings.
I joined the approximately 3.5 million people who went to see REEDZ and Aramis in Kane County last night. I can report that both Aramis’ swing and REEDZ’s fabulous bod look like they are ready to roll:
Aramis Ramirez arrived at the home of the Kane County Cougars on Friday, and any Cubs fan who could snag the hottest ticket in Geneva wanted to see if he truly was a savior-in-waiting.
Ramirez looked fairly similar Friday to the way he did May 8 — the day he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and a double off the top of the wall in his first at-bat playing for the Class A Peoria Chiefs on Day 1 of his long-awaited rehabilitation assignment.
Afterward, Ramirez pronounced himself fit to return to the Cubs’ lineup Monday. After playing in front of 14,872 fans — a record for a Midwest League ballpark — Ramirez will play two more games for the Chiefs before returning to Chicago.
”I’m very pleased with the way I feel,” Ramirez said after starting at third base — getting no chances — and playing five innings. ”I can’t expect any better.”
The most annoying thing about last night? All the Cubs fans who couldn’t get tickets because the game sold out, coupled with all the stupid White Sox fans, all decked out in their white trash glory, who were at the game.
We’ve got a 12:05 start today, assuming the weather holds. Braden Looper (6-4, 4.90, 1.40) will head to the hill for the Brewers, while Rich Harden (5-4, 4.57, 1.40) will go for the Cubs.
The game is on WGN. Lineups to come.