Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Jr. Is Leading Off (Again)

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Albert Almora Jr. Is Leading Off (Again)

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The Cubs are starting a new series today and here’s their lineup against left-hander Eric Lauer and the San Diego Padres.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Javy Baez, SS
  3. Kris Bryant, LF
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Addison Russell, 2B
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. David Bote, 3B
  8. Martin Maldonado, C
  9. Jon Lester, P

Clearly, the Cubs were going for a maximum-righties approach to their afternoon against a southpaw, but a lineup without Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber sure doesn’t look pretty – starting at the top, with Albert Almora Jr. and his .256 OBP and 48 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this season.

I get why Joe Maddon has to start him sometimes – you can only play with the cards you’ve been dealt – and I know Almora’s splits against lefties have been very different in past seasons, but man … he just does not belong at the top of a first-place lineup right now. Again, I can understand it in a vacuum, but this is the second time in a row Almora has led off, while Schwarber (who has better numbers in general and against lefties) sits on the bench.

And for what it’s worth, Lauer has actually, technically been a reverse-split pitcher in both of his big league seasons, meaning lefties have hit him better than righties. We’re not talking about huge sample sizes here (it’s entirely possible his minor league numbers would reveal the opposite), but oooook. Again, I get why it has to happen and maybe even some of the thought process behind it. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (1:20 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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