Chicago Cubs Lineup: Schwarber, Almora, and Zobrist Take the Outfield

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Schwarber, Almora, and Zobrist Take the Outfield

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The Cubs are in Atlanta today and are giving the ball back to Yu Darvish for the first time in over a week. Let’s see if he has what it takes to keep down one of the best offenses in baseball.

And here’s how the Cubs will line up behind him:

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

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

I imagine this’ll be a very popular lineup this evening, as the Cubs are going with some fan-favorite decisions: Albert Almora in center field, Ben Zobrist in right (and leading off), Willson Contreras cleaning up, and Javy Baez in the middle.

Speaking of which, I was – at first – somewhat surprised to see Baez, not Kyle Schwarber, batting fifth tonight, given the lefty/right balance after Contreras, but with the righties Albert Almora and Addison Russell to follow anyway, this actually breaks things up a bit more than the alternative.

And speaking of those lefty/righty decisions, tonight’s Braves starter, Mike Foltynewicz, has been pretty darn split neutral this season. His career numbers paint a very different picture (lefties handle him better), but just keep that mind this evening.

Oh, and hopefully Anthony Rizzo can keep his big month going:

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:35 CT)

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Author: Michael Cerami

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