The Cubs best hitter could be moving down in the lineup according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.
Marlon Byrd has struggled hitting third in Mike Quade’s lineup and entered Monday night just 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Byrd failed to deliver in the sixth Monday night and dropped his miserable average with RISP to .143 (3-for-21).
When asked about the possibility Monday, Jim Hendry said that Starlin Castro is “a good enough offensive player that he could hit anywhere down in the lineup.” According to the Tribune, nothing is imminent and “it’s too early to believe that Byrd won’t start driving in runs.” The Cubs like Kosuke Fukudome hitting at the top of the lineup and Darwin Barney “appears to be cemented in the no. 2 hole.”
Mike Quade said he likes Castro and Barney hitting where they have been (one and two respectively) but admitted he “doesn’t envision having a set lineup” with the exception of Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez will remain the Cubs’ cleanup hitter.
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