Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Gets Another Crack at Leading Off

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Gets Another Crack at Leading Off

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Well, I’m 0-1 at Cubs games so far this season (last night’s loss), but let’s see if my luck changes tonight.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Willson Contreras, C
  4. Ben Zobrist, LF
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Victor Caratini, 1B
  7. Javy Baez, 2B
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Jon Lester, P

With a lefty, Steven Brault, on the mound for the Pirates tonight the Cubs are giving Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ a breather, while inserting Ben Zobrist into left field and Albert Almora in center. With Zobrist in left, Victor Caratini is left covering first base for Anthony Rizzo, who continues to heal up on the disabled list.

Jason Heyward stays in right for his defense, and Javy Baez/Addison Russell guard the middle. Given the absence of Rizzo, I think this lineup makes plenty of sense, in terms of personnel. In terms of hitting Almora leadoff, well, I think he’ll be fine there, but I also think I expected Zobrist at the top. Shrug.

We’ll have more for you in the Pre-Gamin’ post later, which will come a little closer to game time (7:05 CT). See you there!


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Author: Michael Cerami

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