As I mentioned last night, it looks like the Cubs are headed towards this line-up
Sam Fuld, of course, still has a shot at the 8th spot as centerfielder, but I think the odds heavily favor Pie.
Today's news out of camp goes back over the story, this time after talking to the 3-4-5 guys.
Fukudome, Lee and Ramirez were all agreeable to the projected order
The top 5 slots are comprised of the 4-corner hitters plus Theriot. Yes, Theriot is not a guy who should be at the top of the line-up, but we do have a very impressive looking bunch of guys getting a lot of AB's. Aramis should drive in a lot of runs, and ground into a lot of double-play's, too.
Take a look a the projected OPS+ for the Big 4 from this earlier post. Projects amongst the best groups all-time for the Cubs. Hopefully actual performance will match.
Alfonso Soriano 112
Kosuke Fukudome 109
Aramis Ramirez 122
Derrek Lee 126
I hope Lou sticks with this direction, with the exception of Theriot. I'd like to see if DeRosa, or even Pie, can make the move to the top of the order. I do like Kosuke as a 2nd spot guy, and Soriano a 5-er, but it is hard to argue with the 3-4-5 Lou has in mind. But Maddog ran some line-up projections, and isn't up for taking any chances.