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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Schwarber Returns to the Leadoff Spot, Russell Returns

Cubs Lineups

Well, then.

As my eyes scrolled down the Cubs lineup for the first time this morning, I was pretty surprised by what I saw … twice.


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Take a look at the Cubs group for Game 3 against the Rockies, then we’ll discuss:

  1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  5. Jason Heyward, RF
  6. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Addison Russell, SS
  9. Eddie Butler, P

After a brief hiatus at the bottom of the order, Kyle Schwarber is leading off for the Chicago Cubs once again. He is still not hitting as well as he can/will be, but he does have an 86 wRC+ over his past 55 plate appearances, as opposed to the 77 wRC+ in the 174 plate appearances before that. Progress is progress, and you’ll take it in any form.

Plus, the Rockies’ starter Jeff Hoffman is a young (albeit talented) pitcher who throws from the right side. Perhaps this is a good matchup for Schwarber, then.


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More notably (which is hard to believe, but is certainly true), Addison Russell makes his return to the lineup. Russell hasn’t appeared in a game since June 6, amidst allegations of domestic abuse, so this is pretty interesting. I wonder how the Wrigley fans will receive him.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (1:20 CT).


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.