Chicago Cubs Lineup: Descalso Leads Off

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Descalso Leads Off

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Whenever I post about the newest Cubs lineup, I usually focus on that particular group’s offensive potential against the opposing starting pitcher. Sometimes, defensive matchups, injuries, ineffectiveness, roster-decisions, and other unique matters pop up, but basically, yeah: it’s the offense on our mind.

That feels silly now, though. The Cubs have scored 10 runs or more in three games this season, 6 runs or more in four games, and 4 runs or more in six of their seven games. They should probably be pretty close to 5-2. Instead, because of the pitching, they’re 1-6.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Javy Baez, SS
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Albert Almora, Jr., CF
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Victor Caratini, C
  9. Cole Hamels, P

Corbin Burnes doesn’t have a large sample of big league innings under his belt, but in the time he has been out there, he’s struck out righties at 34.2% clip (114 right-handed batters faced). Good luck to Albert Almora, Jr. in this one, as he has yet to fare consistently well against tough righties.

As has become something of a norm, Victor Caratini catches Cole Hamels.

Daniel Descalso, who is hitting everything right now, gets a crack at the leadoff spot in this one. Ride the hot hand and all that.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:10 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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