June 12, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Tigers

Paul Maholm takes the mound for the Cubs as they welcome the scuffling Tigers to Wrigley Field.  This will be the first game since hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was fired, because that just happened.  So I expect at least 7 runs, okay not really, I will be happy if the strike outs are under 15 against Max Scherzer.  Here is how the Cubs line up.

1. Tony Campana – CF
2. Starlin Castro – SS
3. David DeJesus – RF
4. Alfonso Soriano – LF
5. Bryan LaHair – 1B
6. Steve Clevenger – C
7. Darwin Barney – 2B
8. Ian Stewart – 3B
9. Paul Maholm

Thanks, go Cubs!
– George


Cubs Fire Hitting Coach Rudy Jaramillo

The Cubs fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo today, Rudy was in the final year of a three-year deal.  Something like this was bound to happen sooner or later given the Cubs poor offensive performance this year.  It’s not like Rudy had much to work with, but the hitting coach is usually the first coach to be held responsible when the offense is failing.  Jaramillo was also one of the last remaining coaches that Jim Hendry hired, and his aggressive approach clearly didn’t mesh with the “Cubs Way”, which is probably why we haven’t seen too much of that this year.

The Cubs have named minor league hitting coordinator James Rawson to take over for Jaramillo as the Cubs hitting coach on an interim basis.  Rawson was previously with the Yankees for the last six years, four of those were as the minor league hitting coordinator.  I will update this story as necessary.

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George