Chicago Cubs Lineup: A Return to Normalcy ... Almost

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: A Return to Normalcy … Almost

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The Chicago Cubs are kicking off their two-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Hopefully, these Cubs can give their fans a reason for some fireworks:

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

With the exception of Kyle Schwarber, who is still in Triple-A Iowa and did indeed go on that road trip with the I-Cubs, this Cubs lineup looks as close to “normal” as it has in a really long time. Ben Zobrist is back, Jason Heyward just returned, and Addison Russell is manning shortstop.

In fact, if and when Schwarber returns to the team and left field, I think this is the strongest on-paper Cubs lineup they can pull together this season. Hopefully, with Jon Lester on the mound, they put together a nice Fourth of July victory against the Rays.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (17:76).

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Author: Michael Cerami

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