Not Much Of A Shakeup

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I was excited when I saw this headline on the Chicago Breaking News Web site Tuesday night: "Cubs' shakeup: Fukudome moves up, Lee down."

Had Lou Piniella at long last moved Derrek Lee down to the six spot and Aramis Ramirez to the No. 7 hole?

No. The headline was a bit misleading.

I was dismayed to learn from Paul Sullivan that Piniella's "shakeup" involved moving Lee (hitting .211) to the cleanup spot and leaving Ramirez (.163) in the No. 5 slot. So the team's worst two hitters at this point in the season are hitting in what traditionally are a team's RBI spots.

Uncle Lou can hit-and-run all he wants with Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot at the top of the lineup, but if recent trends continue, potential rallies will be halted by the black hole in the middle of the lineup.

"We'll just try it and see what happens," Piniella said, as if it was still March and the Cubs were still playing in Mesa.

Tuesday's game was the 34th game of the season for the Cubs (14-19), who trail first-place St. Louis by 6 1/2 games in the NL Central. A quarter of the schedule is almost complete.

Tuesday's Cubs lineup, with batting averages in parentheses:

Fukudome RF (.315)

Theriot 2B (.331)

Byrd CF (.344)

Lee 1B (.211)

Ramirez 3B (.163)

Soriano LF (.340)

Soto C (.342)

Castro SS (.286)

Wells P (.273)

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