Chicago Cubs Lineup: The Same Exact Group as Last Night

Cubs Lineup

David Ross took a good, long look at the results of last night’s Cubs drubbing in Baltimore and said to himself “No notes.” So let’s run it back. Same exact group as yesterday. Here we go.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

1. Christopher Morel, CF
2. Willson Contreras, C
3. Ian Happ, LF
4. Frank Schwindel, 1B
5. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
6. Rafael Ortega, DH
7. Nico Hoerner, SS
8. Jason Heyward, RF
9. Nick Madrigal, 2B

SP: Marcus Stroman, RHP

Now, to be fair, the Cubs did manage 7 hits (2 HRs, 3B) and 7 walks over their nine innings of work, but they turned all of that into just three runs, and most of it was created by Contreras and Morel, who went 3-8, 2HRs, 3B, BB, 3 RBI.

And to be even more fair, you’re not going to remove Ian Happ (on base twice), Frank Schwindel (been swinging a good bat), Wisdom, Ortega, or Hoerner right now …. So, I guess I’m just making the same points I made yesterday: Something needs to change with respect to Heyward, who has no business starting anymore, and Madrigal, who is swinging the bat worse than he ever has in his career.

And it’s not like the Cubs don’t have options. Morel could’ve played second base, opening up center for Ortega or Heyward and right for Frazier. Or Frazier could’ve DH’d, while Ortega took right or center. And so on. Yes, Heyward was on base three times last night, but there’s simply nothing left to find out about him. Meanwhile, Frazier is fresh off the IL, didn’t start yesterday, didn’t play on Monday (off-day) and won’t play tomorrow (off-day). I don’t expect him to save the Cubs season, but Suzuki is coming back and we’re completely wasting an opportunity to see if he actually does have anything to offer.

I sound like a broken record.

Perhaps we’ll find out that Frazier, who pinch hit last night, is hurt or under the weather or something … but if he is, then IL him. Or send him to Iowa (he does have options remaining). I just don’t see the point of making him sit on the bench behind Heyward, Ortega, and by order of substitution, Madrigal.

The game starts at 6:05 CT, and we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to then.

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