The Cubs didn’t get to play all three games against the Brewers this weekend, but after splitting the two they did play and sweeping the Reds, I’d say they’re headed in the right direction.
They’ll now begin a four-game set against the Giants, starting tonight at 7:05. Here’s the lineup for that contest:
- Ben Zobrist, LF
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- John Lackey, P
We had plenty of questions about the lineup heading into today, but sadly, none were really answered. We still don’t know if Kyle Schwarber is done leading off – he’s getting the night off -and we don’t know if Ian Happ has forced himself into somewhat of a permanent role in center field – because he, too, is getting a breather.
Instead, Ben Zobrist leads off and covers left field for Schwarber, while Albert Almora Jr. bats second and plays center for Happ (who’s only “technically” a center fielder because that’s where he’s been playing during his short MLB debut). The truth may well be that this is just not the type of roster that will have the same lineup multiple games in a row. And, honestly, that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with keeping players fresh and maximizing advantageous match-ups.
Outside of those two notes, I’m glad to see Willson Contreras move up in the order (even if it’s temporary), because as I noted earlier, he’s been on something of a hot streak lately:
While plenty of Cubs have been quietly killing it lately, none stand out like Willson Contreras. Since May 9 (34 plate appearances), Contreras is slashing .367/.382/.667 (162 wRC+) with three doubles and two homers.
Hopefully he can keep it up. And, as usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.