Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kris Bryant Sits, Ian Happ Slides Into the Leadoff Role

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Kris Bryant Sits, Ian Happ Slides Into the Leadoff Role

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Well, it’s not a surprise after David Ross detailed the extent of Kris Bryant’s injuries (hand and wrist), the Cubs third baseman and leadoff hitter is out of the lineup for tonight. Here’s how the Cubs will play it for their third games against the Cardinals.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

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

With Bryant out of the lineup, Ian Happ takes over at the top of the order. We discussed his increasing strikeouts earlier today, but noted that despite the additional K’s a good overall approach at the plate, including plenty of walks, has kept him productive and on the base paths.

Meanwhile, replacing Bryant at third base is last night’s hero, David Bote.

Other than that, Victor Caratini catches Yu Darvish, as expected, Willson Contreras slides into the designated hitter role, while David Ross continues to ride the hot bat, Jason Kipnis, at second base against the righty Daniel Ponce de Leon:

Speaking of which, de Leon has been appreciably tougher on righties (.245 wOBA) than lefties (.313 wOBA) for his career. He’ll get six left-handed batters tonight.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (7:15 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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