Chicago Cubs Lineup: It's Willson Contreras' Time to Shine

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: It’s Willson Contreras’ Time to Shine

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The Cubs can end this 30-scheduled games in 30-days stretch with a sweep tonight, while dropping their magic number down to – at least – seven. Here’s the lineup to try:

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Kris Bryant, LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Javy Baez, 2B
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Willson Contreras, C
  7. David Bote, 3B
  8. Cole Hamels, P
  9. Addison Russell, SS

With the lefty Robbie Ray on the mound, I don’t think there was any surprise when Albert Almora’s name was announced as the first batter in the Cubs’ order for tonight’s finale. Ray has devastated lefties to a .135/.219/.274 (.223 wOBA) slash line this season, while letting righties off the hook: .247/.362/.421 (.342 wOBA).

That also explains why Daniel Murphy is getting a breather again tonight, in favor of an Addison Russell-Javy Baez double-play combo. But the righty I’m most excited to see perform tonight is Willson Contreras.

Contreras has had an up-and-down season, to say the least, but has gotten some more rest here lately. But more specifically, while he’s fallen back a bit against righties, his numbers against southpaws are actually quite good: .255/.378/.434 (122 wRC+), especially his ability to take a walk, get the ball in the air, and make hard contact. With any luck, this ideal matchup for Contreras will turn into a big night at the plate.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.

Author: Michael Cerami

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