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Chicago Cubs Lineup: The Hulk is Back – Kyle Schwarber Returns to the Lineup Batting 5th

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I have to say, after yesterday’s comeback win and the recent returns of Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, and, now, Kyle Schwarber, I’m feeling pretty good, pretty ambitious.


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Plus, the first-place Brewers are back in town for a one-game make-up, so I’m ready for some meaningful baseball action in July.

Here’s the Cubs lineup for today:

  1. Jon Jay, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ian Happ, 2B
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Willson Contreras, C
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javy Baez, SS
  9. Mike Montgomery, P

With Mike Montgomery on the mound, Willson Contreras catches his fifth game in a row and bats right behind Kyle Schwarber. If you follow me on Twitter (@Michael_Cerami), you’ll know that I’ve loved what I’ve seen from Contreras at the plate lately, as he continues to develop into a legitimate offensive force.

He’s currently working on a three-game hitting streak with five hits, including a double and a home run. And since June 16th, Contreras is slashing .321/.387/.679 with five homers and a 173 wRC+. That’s awesome. He’s awesome. I’m not one to believe much in lineup protection, but if you do, it’s hard to hate Schwarber batting in front of that.


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The other notable bits include more Jon Jay in the lineup and in the leadoff role, as well as Addison Russell taking a day off. Javy Baez takes Russell’s spot, as usual, and he too has been hot lately. Check out the production in his last 56 plate appearances: .327/.375/.462 (113 wRC+). It’s hard to take that bat (and glove) out of the lineup. Alright Cubs, big game today. Go win it.

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.