The Cubs and Mariners have a late one tonight – here’s how Joe Maddon will line up his squad against King Felix.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Daniel Descalso, 2B
- Kris Bryant,
LFDH (see info here)
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Javy Baez, SS
- David Bote, 3B
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Willson Contreras, C
- Kyle Schwarber,
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
Ah, the DH. I wish the Cubs could bring it back with them when they return from the American League.
Tonight, as expected, the designated hitter duties are being handed to Kyle Schwarber, who’s actually riding a four-game hitting streak, with six total hits including three doubles and a walk. In general, he’s been hitting the ball very hard lately and has been elevating everything (only a 30% ground ball rate during this recent hot streak). In fact, he’s slashing .321/.367/.429 (113 wRC+) over his past 30 plate appearances, and could
finally hopefully be awaking from a little slumber.
Of course, tonight isn’t the juiciest matchup for him. Felix Hernandez is having a pretty good season overall, and while he’s carried traditional splits for a righty throughout his career, the gap is fairly small and it’s actually reversed through five starts this season. So … best of luck Schwarber.
Speaking of which, this is a good night for an Albert Almora start. With the DH, the Cubs get an extra bat in the lineup, which makes carrying his weaker bat a little more palatable (as does, of course, his wonderful glove in center field). And also, the Cubs get to do the reverse-split righty thing, again. Like I said, Hernandez has traditional splits for his very long career, but whatever’s happening this season has righties seeing him a little better. That’s good exposure for Almora.
You’ll also notice David Bote in the lineup again, tonight. And I think you can just generally expect to start seeing him more and more. As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post close to game time (9:10 CT).