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Pitchers Bat 8th Sometimes, Javy’s Thumb, Marquee’s Launch, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The good news is that The Little Boy’s sickness is trending well (fingers crossed), but the less good news is that I got hammered overnight. And not the lovely White Claw kind. The how-are-my-sinuses-still-in-my-body-with-all-this-pressure kind.

  • David Ross is open to the pitcher batting eighth, something that a lot of folks are going to float with Kris Bryant batting leadoff. But he’s not sold on it just yet (Cubs.com): “That’s still a thought. Hitting the [pitcher] eighth, it makes sense in some context, right? Like, if you’re trying to get somebody on base in front of [Kris Bryant]. There’s a lot that goes into that. But, I’ve also been a guy who’s seen that eight-hole come up in the first inning with a big rally going, and it can kill it. Yeah, there’s thoughts on all that. I’ll get with R&D a lot with matchup setup, pitcher versus certain hitters, and gather that information and then make that decision on a game-to-game basis.”
  • Perfect answer; because the reality is that there are going to be some game situations – against certain teams, with certain starting pitchers going for each team, depending on player health, etc. – where it makes a touch more sense to do it, and other situations where it makes a touch more sense to not do it. And because the guys at the bottom of the order are going to be moving around anyway to accommodate some platoon work, I don’t really see an issue with approach the pitcher’s batting spot on an ad hoc basis.
  • To me, the most obvious example of a time you’d do it is with Tyler Chatwood. For one thing, he’s among the better hitting pitchers, so he’s slightly less likely to kill an early rally. For another thing, he’s less likely to pitch deep into the game, so you’re more likely to want to pinch hit for him slightly earlier – thus, why not move him up a spot in the order, because you might want to pinch hit for him that second time through.
  • This reads like kind of an odd way to answer this, but we’ll chalk it up to new manager talking about injury issues for the first time:

  • I don’t know that there’s any reason for concern about the hairline fracture in Báez’s thumb or the heel injury that nagged him for much of the year.
  • Marquee Sports Network launches TOMORROW at 1pm CT with an hourlong intro event. And then there is not only the Cubs’ first Spring Training game at 2pm CT, but also more new content this weekend:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.