Outfielder Jason Bay didn’t start on Sunday, entering the game during a double-switch in the eighth inning. It was a “sabbatical,” as Bay put it, to try to clear his mind from his 0-for-7 in Saturday’s game and a stretch that saw him strike out 10 times and hit .158 in his last four games.
Bay did ground out in the ninth inning to end Sunday’s game in regulation, but the left fielder should be in the starting lineup on Monday against the Cubs.
Davis, 1B (Davismaina running wild!)
Cubs(courtesy of mlb.com)
Expect a slightly different look to the Cubs’ starting lineup on Monday as it faces lefty Jon Niese. Piniella said he was going to tinker a bit against left-handed pitchers to try to get the offense going after it scored just five runs in the final two games against the Astros, both losses.
According to Piniella, Marlon Byrd will move to the leadoff spot, Jeff Baker will hit second and Ryan Theriot, who had been hitting leadoff, will hit eighth, moving Geovany Soto up a slot to seventh. There’s even the chance he’ll move Xavier Nady into the cleanup spot. Get used to it because the Cubs also face Oliver Perez and Johan Santana in this series.
Nady, RF (welcome back X-man)