Tonight, the Cubs make their way back to baseball after an off-day yesterday, with a three game set against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Kyle Hendricks takes the mound for the Cubs, and the following lineup will play behind him (well, except for Miguel Montero, I guess).
Chicago Cubs Lineup vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Kris Bryant, LF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Javy Baez, 3B
- Miguel Montero, C
- Kyle Hendricks, P
After Jorge Soler drew back to back starts on Friday and Saturday, with Addison Russell batting 7th, the Cubs changed things up on Sunday (notably, against a righty). In that game, Javy Baez took over third base, with Kris Bryant moving to left field and Addison Russell moving up to the sixth spot in the lineup … which is precisely what the Cubs are doing tonight, as well.
Like we’ve said a bunch of times, Soler needs regular starts (actually, he’s been getting them lately), but it must be hard for Joe Maddon to pass up on this defensive alignment everyday. When Baez is in at third and Bryant is in left field, there are two defensive improvements and, technically, an offensive boom as well (Baez is certainly hitting better than Soler right now).
But even if Maddon does prefer this lineup, there’s no reason to commit to anything long term. This team’s versatility is the only thing that needs to remain constant, and Maddon has made sure to keep it that way so far.
If the Cubs lose tonight, they’ll have their second two-game losing streak of the season. So, uh, try not to suck!