Chicago Cubs Lineup: Willson Contreras, Leadoff Man

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Willson Contreras, Leadoff Man

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The Chicago Cubs are mired in a four-game losing streak and look to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the villainous St. Louis Cardinals.

In an attempt to shake things up and get certain players going, Joe Maddon has employed a new look at the top of the order:

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

With Ben Zobrist sitting, it’s a return to the top of the order for Contreras, who had a short-lived stint as the team’s lead-off man in 2017. If you’ll recall, he even delivered a lead-off dinger. Hitting in a different spot in the order will hopefully spark the slumping Contreras, who is hitting .152 with a .303 slugging percentage in his last 10 games.

That’s not the only shakeup, with Kyle Schwarber up in the two-hole. Whatever at this point, right? It gives the Cubs a R-L-R-L-R-L-R-L top eight in the lineup.

Ian Happ gets a rare start in center field, but has started to hit the ball better lately. Happ is hitting .286 with a .343 wOBA in 22 plate appearances across the last 10 games. But he has also struck out in an alarmingly high 50% of his plate appearances.

As usual, we’ll have more in the Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (7:07 pm CT).

Brett Taylor contributed to this post, and then also reminds you that there’s a big sale going on today at Fanatics:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.