Chicago Cubs Lineup: Descalso Leads Off

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).

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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