Aramis Ramirez to Bat 4th; Rest of the Lineup Unclear — Wrigley Field 2/24/11

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Lou

Manager Mike Quade is sure that Aramis Ramirez will bat 4th in the Cubs lineup each and every day.  The rest of the lineup is not so clear.  “I see him as such a good RBI guy that it makes sense in the four-hole.  He’s a guy who, as much as mizing and matching that I do, he doesn’t figure to be one of the guys I’ll mix and match with.  Some guys don’t care [where they are in the lineup], and I know he does.  He seems like the four-hole to me because I want him driving in runs.  But I’m a grownup and I reserve the right to change my mind.”

Quade has indicated that Starlin Castro will likely hit in the 2-spot.  Quade has hinted that Castro could some day be a lead-off hitter, but he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the youngster, especially in his 2nd year which can often lead to a “sophomore slump.”  Quade likes Kosuke Fukudome in the lead-off spot for some reason.  He likes the fact that Fukudome makes pitchers throw a lot of pitches, but I think he is just way too inconsistent.  He may have a good few weeks or so, but then he has the capability of disappearing for weeks at a time.

It should be interesting as spring progresses.  Let’s hope someone emerges to claim that 3rd spot in the lineup.  Marlon Byrd seems like the best fit because Carlos Pena and Alfonso Soriano strike out way too much there.  But if a guy like Blake DeWitt emerges with a good spring, could we see Quade got with Fukudome, DeWitt and Castro in the top 3 spots?  We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything concrete out of Mesa…

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