Three-and-a-half hours seems to be the average amount of sleep anybody got overnight from Milwaukee to Wrigley, players, media or media-relations staff. Lou seemed wide awake enough a few minutes ago to tell us that third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a stiff back and won't be in today's lineup. Here is that lineup, weather permitting:
Ramirez's absence means the Cubs are without three of their regulars. Lou said Milton Bradley is getting better. Bradley strained his right groin last night in Milwaukee and wasn't going to play today anyway. Geovany Soto, who pinch hit last night, still is on track for Wednesday. He's nursing a sore right shoulder.
Lou says the Cubs will have to resort to some "small ball" today, given the conditions and the lineup. Soriano has 4 homers in his first six games this year. It's the quickest he's reached 4 homers in a season, easily topping the 14 games it took him to get to 4 in2003 with the Yankees.
Theriot has 11 hits in his first 6 games, hitting safely in all 6. He has reached base 16 times, including 5 walks, in 25 plate appearances. And that's without striking out.