Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Heads Back Out to Center Field

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Heads Back Out to Center Field

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After applying a good ole fashioned whoopin’ yesterday, the Chicago Cubs head back out to PNC today in a rematch against the Pirates. If they win again today, they’ll have secured their sixth series win (out of seven) to start the year.

Here’s the Cubs lineup:

  1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Kyle Hendricks, P
  9. Albert Almora, CF

As the title suggests, Albert Almora gets another start out in center, and in case you were wondering, he’s actually the team leader out there:

Innings in Center Field:

  1. Albert Almora: 74.0 innings
  2. Jason Heyward: 51.1 innings
  3. Jon Jay: 47.2 innings

Of course, Heyward also adds another 99.2 innings out in right field, so if you don’t feel like you’ve seen them both the same amount, you’re right – but let’s get back to Almora.

In addition to playing a pretty nifty center field, he’s still hitting quite well: .303/.378/.485. In fact, his 135 wRC+ would be second best on the Cubs if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

And it’s not all smoke and mirrors either: His average exit velocity (90.1 MPH) has actually been second best on the Cubs since the start of the season – albeit in a fairly small sample. Still good to see him rocking it.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:05 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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