Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo Still Expected to Go 1-2 in Cubs Lineup

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Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo Still Expected to Go 1-2 in Cubs Lineup

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Amid the many comments today from GM Jed Hoyer and manager David Ross, the latter revealed that he’s still inclined to do the very fun (and good!) thing atop the Cubs order: leadoff hitter Kris Bryant, second hitter Anthony Rizzo.

The joy for the very good friends is real, even if the two can celebrate only in spirit at the moment:

The addition of the designated hitter in the NL changes the story for the rest of the lineup only slightly, as Ross is also still inclined to mostly have a set lineup. Some of the names will change thanks to ability to move that DH role around a bit and rest guys/optimize match-ups, so you can’t say there’s a definitely-set-lineup every day. You also will want to consider opposing bullpens for each series as it relates to lineups and the three-batter rule.

But if there were something close to a set lineup as we start Summer Camp, how about this as an option:

1.) Kris Bryant, 3B
2.) Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3.) Javy Báez, SS
4.) Kyle Schwarber, LF
5.) Willson Contreras, C
6.) Jason Heyward, RF
7.) Ian Happ, CF
8.) Victor Caratini, DH
9.) Jason Kipnis/Nico Hoerner/David Bote, 2B

Or this, on a day when you want to DH Schwarber:

1.) Kris Bryant, 3B
2.) Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3.) Javy Báez, SS
4.) Kyle Schwarber, DH
5.) Willson Contreras, C
6.) Jason Heyward, RF
7.) Ian Happ, LF
8.) Steven Souza/Albert Almora, CF
9.) Jason Kipnis/Nico Hoerner/David Bote, 2B

I love the idea of Báez batting third behind Bryant and Rizzo, who get on base at among the best clips on the team. And if anyone reaches in the first, Schwarber is guaranteed to bat with a runner on base. Heyward was by far at his best down in the order last year (especially against righties), and I dig the way the top seven here naturally alternates handedness. Both versions of this lineup also alternate handedness through the bottom of the order, depending on who is starting on a given day. That’s going to be a very nice natural thing to have in place as a protection against opposing bullpens.



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.