Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kyle Schwarber Sits Against Another Lefty

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kyle Schwarber Sits Against Another Lefty

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The Cubs head out west to take on the Dodgers after a very nice homestand. May the good times keep rolling, even after a long flight of flashy clothes.

Here’s the lineup against the Dodgers:

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

The big thing that immediately sticks out to me is the absence of Kyle Schwarber against another lefty starter. He’s not in a platoon situation just yet, but protecting him against tough lefties while he works through various adjustments might be a thing, especially when you consider there are at bats for Ian Happ, Javy Baez, and Ben Zobrist to go around. It’s hard to sit him against *all* lefties, though, if you want to see Schwarber improve on that front.

Dodgers lefty Alex Wood has been all universe this year, and actually even tougher on righties than lefties, but he’s had a more typical split for his career. Thus, the Cubs get plenty of righty bats in there tonight, including Willson Contreras, who’s hitting .313/.333/.563 over the last couple weeks.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (9:10pm CT).

Author: Brett Taylor

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