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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Overloaded with Righties

Cubs Lineups

The Cubs are hot, and now welcome the not-so-good Braves to Wrigley Field for the start of a four-game set. Can they turn their three-game winning streak into a four-gamer?


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Here’s the group that’ll try:

  1. Jon Jay, LF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Albert Almora, CF
  6. Javy Baez, SS
  7. Ian Happ, RF
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Kyle Hendricks, P

Even before you look at tonight’s starter for the Braves, you should be able to tell by the lineup that he must (1) be a lefty, and (2) have pronounced splits. Because that is the seriously-overloaded-right-handed lineup (plus Jay and Rizzo, who do not have big splits).

And what do you know, lefty Sean Newcomb has … eh, well, not enormous splits: .253/.356/.391 against lefties, .245/.363/.454 against righties. But when it comes to the plate discipline numbers, the splits are enormous: he strikes out lefties at a 25.7% clip, but righties at just a 21.2% clip. And walks? Lefties are at 8.9%, while righties are at a whopping 14.8%. Be patient tonight, gents.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (7:05 CT).


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.