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Chicago Cubs Lineup: If It’s Not Working, Don’t Fix It!

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Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs scored 3 runs on six hits over 10.0 innings for their second straight loss against the Brewers. And today, Joe Maddon said LET IT RIDE, BABY!

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Robel Garcia, 2B
  2. Willson Contreras,
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Javy Baez, SS
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Ian Happ, CF
  8. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  9. Jose Quintana, P

The Cubs lineup today is a carbon copy of yesterday’s group, which did not succeed. Now, obviously, that’s not a reason not to try it again, but the main question I had yesterday – Why is Robel Garcia (0-5, 3Ks) leading off? – persists.

To be clear, I *do* want him in the lineup right now, but I just don’t see how someone with his profile (5.7% walk rate, 39.6% strikeout rate) makes any sense at the top of the lineup.

If you want him high up in the order for whatever reason, that’s fine. I get it. Even if he’s a homer or bust guy, having that periodic homer come with higher likelihood of guys on base sounds great. But that’s not what happens at leadoff. So … what are we doing here?

The frustration is bubbling over. As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.



Author: Michael Cerami

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