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The 5th Inning

I have to admit that I turned the TV off after the fifth inning and went to bed.  I couldn't stand watching major league hitters continue to swing at pitches bouncing in front of the plate or breaking balls six inches off the edge of the plate.  The lack of adjustment and discipline is simply amazing.  At what point do you realize you are being suckered, embarrassed and humiliated?  Soriano is not a lead off hitter and is killing this team.  His one hit off the wall turned out to be a single instead of a double.  Why?  It wasn't because a great play was made, it was because Soriano was in his home run trot out of the box and had he hustled, he would have made it to second easily.  At some point, if Pinella wants to turn this situation around, he's got to get Mr. Whiff out of the leadoff spot and get the Cubs only contact hitter such as Theriot to lead off.  Free swingers do not belong in lead off spots.  I'd even consider Soriano batting second, because if Theriot gets on, he'll surely advance whether Soriano strikes out with another pitch in the dirt or hits another fly ball out.  At least he won't hit into a double play!  There's another point to bring out about last nights game.  Augie Ojeda advanced to second when a ball bounced in the dirt and bounced six feet away.  What were Soriano and Jones doing when similar pitches hit the dirt and bounced away fron the D-back catcher?  They were walking back to first!  No wonder why this team is losing.  The little things.  The Cub players are acting like they are somehow entitled to win...while the D-backs are doing everything to create situations in hopes they will win.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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