Chicago Cubs Lineup: Baez Leads Off, Szczur In; Zobrist, Heyward Out

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Baez Leads Off, Szczur In; Zobrist, Heyward Out

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The Chicago Cubs have lost their last eight straight games against the New York Mets.

Let’s not get to nine, yes?

Chicago Cubs Lineup v. New York Mets (Steven Matz)

  1. Javy Baez, 2B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, LF
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Matt Szczur, RF
  7. Albert Almora, Jr., CF
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jon Lester, P

Upon looking at that lineup, you should immediately recognize a distinct lack of Ben Zobrist. On any other day, that wouldn’t be all that strange, but this is the second day in a row the Cubs have played without their starting second baseman (and leadoff man in Dexter Fowler’s absence). Thankfully, Zobrist is perfectly fine according to Joe Maddon, who simply is looking to give Zobrist the breather all non-All-Stars enjoyed while he was in San Diego:

In his place, Javy Baez sits atop the Cubs lineup, which is ideal for two reasons: 1) everyone else gets to remain in their relatively usual spot and 2) Baez has been crushing lefties this year (lefties like opposing starter Steven Matz).

David Ross is back, Jason Heyward gets the day off and Matt Szczur is rewarded for a consistently fantastic season off the bench.

We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami