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Today’s Cubs Lineup: It’s the Emerging New Normal Setup

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happy cubs old logoThe Chicago Cubs’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds has become the new normal against right-handers:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Kris Bryant, 3B
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Jorge Soler, LF
  8. Addison Russell, SS
  9. John Lackey, P

Jorge Soler’s starts in left have been very consistent in the post-Kyle Schwarber era, and Ben Zobrist has consistently been in the three-hole when there’s a righty on the mound.

Matt Szczur had that great start to his season in Anaheim, but the Cubs’ commitment to giving Soler those left field starts seems to be the hold-up in Szczur getting more starts. Given Soler’s considerable upside and the opportunity that the Schwarber injury presented, in terms of patiently giving Soler regular starts so that he can work on his defense and pitch-recognition skills, I can’t argue with what the Cubs have done so far.

Guys like Szczur, and also Tommy La Stella, will still see action, as will Javier Baez when he’s ready to return.

A little note about the lineup from Luis on Twitter:

As always, look for your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time. The Cubs face the Reds tonight at 7pm CT.


Author: Brett Taylor

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