Chicago Cubs Lineup: Morel, Crook, and Velázquez All Start!

Cubs Lineup
Cubs Lineup

Okay, the Cubs are really trying to keep us in a good mood. Not only did they win a series last night on the strength of 15 runs and 23 hits, they’re hosting the Red Sox at Wrigley Field at 1:20 pm on a Friday … and they’re doing it with Christopher Morel, Narciso Crook, and Nelson Velázquez in the lineup!

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Christopher Morel, 2B
  2. Willson Contreras, C
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
  5. Narciso Crook, CF
  6. Yan Gomes, DH
  7. P.J. Higgins, 1B
  8. Nelson Velázquez, RF
  9. Andrelton Simmons, SS

SP: Adrian Sampson

There’s no Nico Hoerner or Rafael Ortega (or David Bote, for that matter), today, but the Cubs are loading up on rookies. Morel is even back in the leadoff spot, after going 7-9 with a double and two homers since moving out of it.

Andrelton Simmons is at short, Higgins (who’s been swinging a nice bat) is at first, and Contreras is behind the plate.

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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