An interesting pattern has developed with the Cubs' starting lineup, and it's one that may defy conventional wisdom.
The so-called conventional wisdom says that a manager should break up the left-handed batters, particularly in the middle of the lineup.
Left-handed hitting David DeJesus is the leadoff man.
Stewart and LaHair had big days Friday in the Cubs' 9-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Stewart hit a three-run home run in the Cubs' four-run first inning.
In the third, LaHair hit a grand slam to put the Cubs ahead, 8-0, against Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright.
You might see this look continue.
"It's just the fact of if they want to bring a lefty in, our match-up is pretty good if they want to do something like that since (utility man Jeff) Baker is one of the best hitters of left-handed pitchers there are," Sveum said. "So it's not a big deal."
Baker, a right-handed hitter, has started at first base against left-handed pitchers, giving LaHair a break. Sveum had toyed in spring training with making LaHair his cleanup hitter, but he went with left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who is off to a good start overall even though he hasn't hit a home run in the Cubs' first eight games.
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