According to a report in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday night, Ronny Cedeno could be seeing some playing time in centerfield. Ivan DeJesus has been working with Cedeno as Lou Piniella tries to find a way to get his bat into the lineup. The report speculated that if Cedeno can be used in center then Felix Pie might be sent down to Iowa to work out a few things. Cedeno played a couple of game in center during Spring Training. Jason Marquis’ performance on Sunday night raised more than a few questions about the pitching staff. The typically hot starter has been very ineffective in the first 6 weeks of the season and might see his next turn in the rotation skipped due to the off day on Thursday. The Sun-Times mentioned the possibility of Sean Marshall being stretched out and inserted in Marquis’ spot when it comes back around.
Sean Gallagher could be another option.
Lou Piniella is not happy with the pitching performances he has received in the first six weeks of the season. The offense has helped mask those problems but as the season wears on each member of the rotation must continue to give innings and when the relievers are called on they simply need to do their job….easier said than done.
No one is expecting the Cubs to win every game, but Piniella needs to see some consistency. The pitching staff is leaving little room for error.
Lou has options but it is up to the players to step up when called upon.