Well, you can see how much pull I have around here:
My suggestion was to start Sam Fuld in right or center and lead him off while dropping Soriano to sixth. But Lou makes out the lineup card.
"Obviously, he's done a nice job; we recognize it," Lou said of Fuld, who was on base three times last night. "Yeah, I thought about it all night. Look, I was going to put Soriano in there to play, regardless. I gave him a couple days off. I need for Alfonso to start swinging the bat. I've got all the confidence in the world in him.
"But we recognize, too, believe me, that the other young man (Fuld) has done a real nice job and that, basically, he deserves to be in the lineup, too."
So what about dropping Soriano down?
"Let me tell you this, we thought of that, too, believe me," Lou said. "Look, he hasn't played for a couple days. Let's put him in the spot he's been familiar with. Let's see if we can get him hot."
Lou said the Cubs could "adjust things" when Aramis Ramirez comes back Monday. but why it takes that to make adjustments is anybody's guess.
Soriano's hitting line is .230/.296./423. He hasn't homered since June 7.
The Cubs will have some tough roster decisions to make Monday when Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman come back off the DL. At this point, anybody with options is in danger of being sent down, and that includes Fontenot. It appears Blanco's glove and ability to play shortstop will keep him up here.