LaHair earns Sveum's trust against lefty

LaHair earns Sveum's trust against lefty

CHICAGO -- Bryan LaHair has been on such a roll that Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to start the left-handed-hitting first baseman against Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano on Saturday.

LaHair entered Saturday riding a 10-game hitting streak and had reached base safely in a team-high 22 straight games. That stretch gave Sveum confidence to start LaHair against Capuano despite having sat the first baseman the previous two times the Cubs faced a left-handed pitcher, on April 23 against St. Louis' Jaime Garcia and April 18 against Miami's Mark Buehrle.

Sveum said that LaHair has proven he's an everyday player, regardless of what arm the opposing pitcher throws with.

"As much as anything, he's been swinging the bat well," Sveum said. "All of his at-bats -- even against lefties -- even though there might not be a result, are quality at-bats."

Sveum said that Capuano's numbers also played a part in the decision. The Dodgers lefty entered Saturday having held right-handed batters to a .188 average, while left-handed batters were hitting .318 against him.