The Chicago Cubs are starting a new three-games series against the Brewers (this time, mercifully, back at the friendly confines) and on paper, the lineup looks pretty great:
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Jason Heyward, CF
- Nicholas Castellanos, RF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Javy Baez, SS
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Willson Contreras, C
- David Bote, 2B
- Jose Quintana, P
The Brewers starter, Zach Davies, has struggled with left-handed hitters all season (.284/.345/.493) and will face Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber from the left side of the plate today. Hopefully, those guys can do some damage, because Davies has otherwise been pretty darn good against righties: .261/.316/.376 (.298 wOBA).
Among those righties, you’ll find a struggling Kris Bryant (1 hit in his last 21 plate appearances with 9 strikeouts), who’s been tough to watch of late. He has faced Davies for 44 at-bats in his career, though, with a .341/.370/.568 slash line and just 5 strikeouts. I’m hoping that Bryant sees him particularly well or whatever, because I need something to hold onto.
But with Jason Heyward hitting well, the new guy, Nick Castellanos batting second, and Davies issues against lefties elevating Schwarber in the lineup, this is a team with Willson Contreras batting SEVENTH. And I’m not saying I take issue with that (although, I’d say he’s probably a better bet against Davies than Castellanos), but I am saying when your seventh hitter is a catcher slashing .279/.370/.537 (134 wRC+), you’re offense should be FEARED EVERYWHERE.
Unfortunatly, I don’t think anyone feels that way about this group right now. Hopefully, the return home kicks them back into gear, because, again, on-paper … this is a great group. As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (1:20 CT).