Chicago Cubs Lineup: Baez and Contreras Sit

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Baez and Contreras Sit

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The Cubs come on home to Wrigley Field to host the American League Twins, with youngster Jose Berrios on the mound this afternoon.

Here’s how they’ll line up against him:

  1. Albert Almora, CF
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  7. Ian Happ, 3B
  8. Chris Gimenez, C
  9. Mike Montgomery, P

With Kris Bryant on the DL, Willson Contreras getting a day off, and Javy Baez out of the lineup thanks to the arrival of his baby, this is not the most imposing on-paper lineup the Cubs can throw out there.

That said, Berrios has exploded this year as a guy who doesn’t walk anyone and also strikes out a ton of guys, so maybe you’d prefer to have a high-contact-type lineup anyway. He’s also split-neutral thanks to the neutralizing effects of his curveball and changeup, so there’s no real you-gotta-have-this-guy-in-there going on.

Hopefully the Cubs can carry forward the offensive heat they started building late in that Dodgers series, and maybe Berrios will feel a little bit of extra energy – too much energy! – pitching at Wrigley Field. A guy can hope.

We’ll have more in the Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (4:05 pm CT).

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.