Facing Crew, Sveum the perfect Cubs scout

Facing Crew, Sveum the perfect Cubs scout

Facing Crew, Sveum the perfect Cubs scout
CHICAGO -- The Cubs didn't need to tap into their advanced scouting system for the four-game series against the Brewers. All they had to do was ask manager Dale Sveum, who took over the scouting report.

"I did most of it, to tell you the truth," Sveum said Monday. "It was pretty easy to go over the scouting report and I might have given some people a series off that way. I was able to handle the whole deal."

Sveum was on the Brewers coaching staff for six seasons, including the last three as the hitting coach, before taking the Cubs job last November.

But the Brewers still caught the Cubs somewhat by surprise, successfully executing a suicide squeeze and a sacrifice bunt to score two of their runs in a 7-5 victory at Wrigley Field on Monday.

"I think it definitely gives you an edge, but the bottom line is you still have to make your pitches," Sveum said. "With the video equipment you have, you get to know people as well as I do. I know the insights and the mental part of people -- what the video doesn't show -- and I think that will benefit us. You still have to execute the pitches and execute the plan and sequence of the pitches."

Aramis Ramirez, now with the Brewers after nine years with the Cubs, did his part and sat in on the Milwaukee pitchers' meeting.

Sveum and the Cubs did face the Brewers in Spring Training, but said this is different.

"These games count," Sveum said.

There is a big difference in the Brewers lineup with the departure of Prince Fielder, who signed with the Tigers.

"They're extremely different," Sveum said. "You take the one big left-handed bat out of the lineup who had been a staple there for six years. Mat Gamel is capable of doing a lot of good things, but there's only one Prince Fielder. The threat that guy brings every day and hitting behind [Ryan Braun] all the time is huge for Braun, too.

"They replace him with Aramis Ramirez, so it becomes a little easier," Sveum said. "Not that [Ramirez] can't put up the numbers, but it's easier to go through right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters."