Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 5, Cubs 1 - September 5, 2020

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Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 5, Cubs 1 – September 5, 2020

Chicago Cubs

Today couldn’t have gone worse for the Cubs, who not only were swept in the doubleheader by a team chasing them in the standings, but farted away plenty of chances in each game to actually make them competitive. These were not games the Cubs had to lose.

At some point soon (or, frankly, about a week ago), it’s going to be time to make some changes. The order of the lineup is far less important than the struggles of some of the individuals in it, but there could definitely be some restructuring to help. It might be sad, it might risk even further pressing, but tough shit. It’s September 5.

The Cubs cannot keep giving the most at bats to guys who aren’t producing, and, more specifically, they cannot keep hitting Javy Báez fourth when he looks so lost. He should be hitting 9th right now, because the hour is just too late to keep hoping he suddenly turns it on this year. If it happens and you bumped him down to 9th, well, heaven forbid you cost him a few plate appearances. But if the more likely thing happens and he stays on this course through the end of the year? Then you saved yourself a lotta unnecessary damage.

I have other lineup thoughts, but, like I said, they matter so much less than the actual player performance regardless of where they’re hitting. I’ll probably get into it tomorrow. For tonight, I’m just chapped.

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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.