For all the baseball I've watched in my life, I'm still pretty much not so saavy.
I read about this in the Trib, and duh, it totally makes sense: whoever bats in the two spot for the Cubs is gonna be one lucky guy.
Soriano leads off. He gets on, hopefully lots. The opposing pitcher's terrified of his speed, so he doesn't want to throw anything off speed (or wild) and take a chance that Soriano's gonna take off. So, he throws alot of fastballs to the number two.
Derrek Lee bats third. Pitcher doesn't want anybody on base when Derrek comes up. If Derrek hits a homer, it'll be two runs instead of 1. The pitcher does not want to walk the guy up before Derrek.
So, he throws alot of fastballs to the number two.
Will it be Murton, DeRosa, or Jones?
I bet this is where the most tinkering will happen, but I'm hoping it's Mr. Murton.
He's a Cub.
DeRosa said that with Soriano leading off and Lee hitting third, everybody on the team wants to bat second.
I would venture to say it's more like everybody in baseball would want to bat second on this team.