Chicago Cubs Lineup: Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. Grab Some Bench

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. Grab Some Bench

Cubs Lineups

The Cubs got the weekend off on the right foot yesterday, now let’s see if they can win the series today.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

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

With the righty Chris Stratton on the mound this evening, Addison Russell and Albert Almora are both getting the day off. In Russell’s place, Javy Baez (139 wRC+ versus righties this season) is covering shortstop, and in Almora’s place, Ian Happ (who’s actually hitting righties (136 wRC+) better than lefties (131 wRC+) now) covers center.

To be sure, Stratton isn’t particularly tough on right-handers, so either Russell or Almora would’ve been fine, but he has allowed a .267/.351/.478 (.357 wOBA) slash line against southpaws this year, so getting Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber, and even Jason Heyward in there probably was the right call.

Now, let’s see if it’ll actually pay off, and as usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:15 CT).


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Author: Michael Cerami

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