Chicago Cubs Lineup: Welcome Back to Wrigley Field (And Welcome Back, Javy!)

The sun is shining, the bleachers are packed (or, at least they’re allowed to be), and the Cardinals are in town. Summer baseball is here. Let’s go.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

1. Joc Pederson, LF
2. Kris Bryant, CF
3. Javy Baez, SS
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Willson Contreras, C
6. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. Sergio Alcantara, 2B
9. Kohl Stewart, P

First thing’s first, Javy Baez is back! After missing a few games with a thumb injury, Javy Baez is back in the starting lineup. And even better, despite his return, Sergio Alcantara is staying in the starting lineup (over Eric Sogard) starting at second base!

Patrick Wisdom stays at third base, pushing Kris Bryant to the outfield. But instead of putting Ian Happ in center field and Bryant in right, the Cubs are going with Jason Heyward in right and Bryant in center, effectively choosing Heyward over Happ, which … just doesn’t make any sense to me. But whatever. One lineup battle at a time.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (1:20 CT).

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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