The Chicago Cubs lineup has been a in state of on-going change over the last week and a half, and today is no exception. Check it out.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Willson Contreras, C
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Javy Baez, SS
- Ian Happ, CF
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- David Bote, 2B
- Kyle Hendricks, P
I’d just like to say, upfront: I think this is my favorite lineup of the year.
I have long been a proponent of Jason Heyward leading off (since his production has taken a turn for the better, that is), because as a lefty with good base running skills, a polished approach at the plate, and not a ton of power, he makes some obvious sense there. I was also, however, reluctant to move him out of that sixth spot in the lineup, where he’d clearly grown comfortable.
But after the Kyle Schwarber/Robel Garcia/Albert Almora Jr. leadoff experiments have clearly run their course, it was finally time to try something else, even if it’s out of his comfort zone. I’m glad to see the attempt.
But that’s not the only thing I like.
I also like Willson Contreras batting second, the continued stacking of Bryzzo, and Ian Happ’s (1-10 with FIVE walks since being recalled) upward movement. This team is still lacking a true leadoff hitter/second baseman, but the deadline is minutes away. He might not be coming.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (7:15)