Final Countdown

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With just one week left until the regular season, Jeff Samardzija and the rest of the Cubs sunk the Mariners last night in a late game(I don’t know how I’m going to do it this season with those ones. It’s getting hard to watch those ones. Maybe a couple of innings)7-4. Samardzija cracked his second homer of the pre-season and Alfonso Soriano hit his fourth.

Today, the Cubs square off against the Brewers at 3:05. I’ll be home just in time for that one.

So, are the Cubs ready? Who will hit lead off? Will Marmol get traded? What about Soriano? I guess these questions will have to get answered soon enough.

This is what I would do:

Trade Marmol soon. He might start off the season with a bang, hell, he might not, but he should get traded. Get a young guy in and take their lumps.

I want Starlin Castro in the lead off. Yeah, people might think I’m crazy for saying it, but he needs plate control. This is the year he does it, learns it and becomes the future hall of famer we know he’s going to become. Take the lumps Castro. Although, DeJesus will probably bat lead-off and that’s not a bad decision, I think Dale Sveum should just go for it and be creative this season. Call up the rookies, experiment and have fun. I’m not saying don’t go out and not try to win, but pull out all the stops. Last year was excruciating most of the time, so I think being inventive can go a long way.

I’ve said it before and I’ll chirp again, Alfonso Soriano has to go too. Unless he hits at least 35 and catches some balls instead of kicking grass, the man is DH material. I like you Alfonso, but get on with the Yanks.

Play Ball!
–Mark

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