If everybody lives up to their capabilities, hopefully we don't have to do anything [different]," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday of his projected lineup in which David DeJesus will lead off and be followed by Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, Nate Schierholtz, Welington Castillo, Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney.
"Right now, we'll start the season with [Castro] second," Sveum said of the shortstop, who turned 23 on Sunday. "I think he's matured so much in a year that he might end up in an RBI spot."
The lineup leaves a lot to be desired after Soriano. I'm not as high on Castillo as others, but my guess is that he'll be batting 5th before too long. If Brett Jackson can cut down on some of those strikeouts, he'd probably be a decent bat to hit behind Soriano.
Darwin Barney is a fantastic defender, but terrible hitter. The 7, 8 and 9 spots in the Cubs lineup is a cake walk for even a middle reliever.