Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kris Bryant is BACK!

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kris Bryant is BACK!

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The Cubs may have lost last night, but today is a good day, because the 2016 NL MVP is BACK.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  2. Javy Baez, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, RF
  5. Kris Bryant, 3B
  6. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  7. Victor Caratini, C
  8. Kyle Hendricks, P
  9. Ian Happ, CF

There are plenty of interesting lineup decisions today, but the return of Kris Bryant is, without a doubt, the most important. Bryant hasn’t swung a bat in the big leagues since July 23rd, but I have a feeling he’ll be ready to go as soon as he gets back tonight. And remember, keep an eye out for that new two-handed swing of his. It should look a little different to those that remember how he used to finish on connected swings.

Despite my confidence in Bryant, I should point out that Zach Eflin has pretty extreme lefty/righty splits in favor of southpaws. The good news, however, is that besides the pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, Bryant and Baez are the only righties he’ll get to face tonight. I like those odds. With Aaron Nola looming tomorrow, the Cubs would be wise to win.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:05).

Author: Michael Cerami

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