MESA, Ariz. -- The situations third baseman Ian Stewart and first baseman Bryan LaHair face with the Chicago Cubs are quite different yet very much the same.
Stewart came to the Cubs from Colorado in an offseason trade with the chance to rejuvenate his career in Chicago. LaHair, at 29 years old, gets his first true shot in the big leagues this season. The Cubs are counting on both to make good on their opportunities.
"We need those two guys to hit," first-year manager Dale Sveum said. "There's no question, with our lineup, those two big lefties have to hit. We're going to struggle scoring runs if they don't hit."
Once the Rockies' top prospect after being picked 10th overall in the 2003 draft, Stewart has battled minor injuries and slumps since hitting 25 home runs in 2009 and 18 in 2010. He spent just 48 games in the majors last season. A season after driving in 61 runs, he drove in just six while hitting .156.
Between his struggles and the Rockies' organizational shift toward ...