Pre-Gamin': Padres at Cubs (8:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Padres at Cubs (8:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

After an off-day yesterday and no baseball today (man, that felt like forever), the Chicago Cubs are back at it tonight at Sloan Park against the San Diego Padres. And let me tell you, this looks a whole lot like their Opening Day/everyday lineup against right-handed pitching, including Kyle Hendricks batting for himself in the ninth spot:

The decision-points to note there are (1) Nico Hoerner at second base (though we’ve expected this for a while), (2) Javy Baez hitting relatively low in the order (I suspect that’ll be a “for the time being” sort of thing), (3) Willson Contreras in the two-hole (right where I like him), and Kris Bryant hitting back-to-back with Anthony Rizzo in the heart of the order (right where they belong).

We’ll see if David Ross elects to hit the pitcher 8th when the season actually starts, but otherwise, this is the group you should expect on Opening Day … which, by the way, is just TWO WEEKS from tomorrow. Go Cubs.

Game Info

San Diego Padres (7-9) at Chicago Cubs (7-5) – Wednesday, March 17th, at 8:05 CT on Marquee Sports Network

Starting Pitchers

Padres: Chris Paddack (R)

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Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R)

Chicago Cubs:

1. Ian Happ, CF
2. Willson Contreras, C
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Joc Pederson, LF
6. Javy Baez, SS
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. Nico Hoerner, 2B
9. Kyle Hendricks, P

San Diego Padres:

1. Tommy Pham, LF
2. Jake Cronenworth, 1B
3. Manny Machado, 3B
4. Wil Myers, RF
5. Jurickson Profar, CF
6. Luis Campusano, C
7. Ha-Seong Kim, 2B
8. CH Abrams, SS
9. Chris Paddack, P



Author: Michael Cerami

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