Chicago Cubs Lineup: The New Guys Take Over

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: The New Guys Take Over

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The Chicago Cubs evened up the series last night despite another weak performance from the offense. But they did add a couple of bats at the deadline and they’ve both been thrown right into the thick of it for their first game as a Cub. Good luck. Please be good.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Jason Heyward, CF
  2. Nicholas Castellanos, RF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Javy Baez, SS
  6. Willson Contreras, C
  7. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  8. Tony Kemp, 2B
  9. Jon Lester, P

As you can see, Tony Kemp (second base, batting eighth) and Nicholas Castellanos (right field, batting second) have been immediate stuffed into the lineup, which has become something of a calling card for Joe Maddon during his tenure as manager. He always prefers to “rip the band-aid off” when new guys reach the team (be it by trades, signings, promotions, or whatever), and for the most part I get it.

Starting for a new team can be daunting, so getting that first one out of the way as soon as possible helps eliminate any additional, budding pressure.

What I don’t like, necessarily, is batting Castellanos second tonight. It’s such a small quibble – so don’t take this too seriously – but to force a guy that’s been historically worse against righties to bat in the most important spot in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher who has crushed righties this season (.274 wOBA) just seems like you’re asking for it. I guess he’ll have to face him anyway – and as we’ve explored, Castellanos’ peripherals against righties aren’t half-bad – so whatever. Go kill it, dude. PLEASE.

UPDATE: Luis points out to me that Castellanos is very good at hitting fastballs and Flaherty throws fastballs more than most starters (11th highest percentage of fastballs per FanGraphs). That plays.

Tonight’s bench: Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., Victor Caratini, David Bote.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (6:15 CT). And afterwords, you can stick around on NBC Sports Chicago (or head to their Facebook page) for another episode of Outside the Ivy with Luis and I.

Author: Michael Cerami

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