Chicago Cubs Lineup: Schwindel Moves Way Up (UPDATE: Gomes Scratched)

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Schwindel Moves Way Up (UPDATE: Gomes Scratched)

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Game 2 in Cincinnati starts at 5:40 tonight, with Marcus Stroman and the Cubs squaring off against right-hander Tyler Mahle and the Reds. Here’s a look at the Cubs lineup.

UPDATE: Yan Gomes scratched:

Original post remains below.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Frank Schwindel, 1B
3. Seiya Suzuki, RF
4. Ian Happ, LF
5. Yan Gomes, DH
6. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
7. Christopher Morel, 2B
8. P.J. Higgins, C
9. Andrelton Simmons, SS

SP: Marcus Stroman, RHP

I understand wanting to get Christopher Morel’s bat in the lineup by way of second base – so I’m cool with Jonathan Villar sitting tonight, even against a righty – but I’m not sure I understand why you’d move Frank Schwindel up to second, instead of Ian Happ, who’s been hot and always hits in Cincinnati. Or even move Seiya Suzuki up to second, Happ up to third and then hit Schwindel fourth.

Sure, there would be a lot of righties in a row, but … there already is. That’s what happens when you leave one of your switch-hitters on the bench. Ah, well, it doesn’t matter. Happ will have to settle for just 4 home runs tonight instead of five.

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (5:40 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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