Chicago Cubs Lineup: Hey, It's Matt Harvey ... On the Reds

Social Navigation

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Hey, It’s Matt Harvey … On the Reds

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have eleven straight games to go before an off-day, and it continues tonight in Cincinnati. Here’s how they’ll line up for their first of four against the Reds:

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

You might be familiar with tonight’s starter, Matt Harvey, but probably not from his time with the Reds. Obviously, Harvey is only a shell of his former self, but it is worth pointing out that formerly dominant pitchers are ALWAYS a threat to spin a gem – even if they haven’t in a while.

Fortunately, Harvey has a bit of an obvious weakness this season, and that’s left-handed hitters:

Verus Righties: .313 wOBA
Versus Lefties: .393 wOBA

So, naturally, Joe Maddon slipped Ian Happ back into the lineup in favor of Albert Almora, which I know will frustrate some, but does make sense. Everyone needs rest, and Happ remains a valuable player who needs playing time in his own right.

To that end, it’s mildly surprising to see Javy Baez in there after jamming his thumb a bit yesterday, and with another lefty bat available in Ben Zobrist. Of course, Zobrist, too, needs periodic rest, so there you go.

We’ll have more in the Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:10 pm CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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