Chicago Cubs Lineup: Handling Alcantara Again

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Handling Alcantara Again

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The Cubs have won seven straight games and now get to host the worst team in baseball. Rationally speaking, that’s a very good thing. Be rational, Brett …

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Ben Zobrist, RF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Javy Baez, SS
  5. Willson Contreras, C
  6. Jason Heyward, CF
  7. David Bote, 2B
  8. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  9. Cole Hamels, P

It’s a familiar lineup, as it’s the same crew as last night, albeit shifted around, and with Kyle Schwarber replacing Albert Almora, Jr. That’s a logical flip, with lefties faring quite a bit better against Sandy Alcantara this year – more slugging, way fewer Ks – than righties. (That fact also suggests Daniel Descalso, who isn’t starting again, is probably still feeling the effects of his sore ankle.)

The Cubs faced Alcantara in Miami a few starts ago, handling him to the tune of five earned in six innings, with seven hits and a walk. You can’t take too much from a single start, but there was a lot of hard contact in that one (together with a lot of whiffs). Swing hard when you get into an advantageous count, gents.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (7:05 CT).

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.