Chicago Cubs Lineup: Chris Morel Starts at Shortstop

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Chris Morel Starts at Shortstop

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The Chicago Cubs are back at Wrigley Field for a classic Friday, 1:20 start time. Justin Steele is on the mound for the Cubs and Yan Gomes is behind the plate. Here’s the rest of the Cubs lineup for Game 1 against the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Rafael Ortega, CF
  2. Willson Contreras, DH
  3. Patrick Wisdom, 1B
  4. Ian Happ, LF
  5. Nelson Velázquez, RF
  6. Yan Gomes, C
  7. Zach McKinstry, 3B
  8. Chris Morel, SS
  9. Nick Madrigal, 2B

SP: Justin Steele, LHP

Nico Hoerner is getting the afternoon off, which provides an opportunity for Chris Morel to flex his positional versatility even further. I don’t think Morel is anything more than a one-day/emergency starter at shortstop, but even that much trust is impressive.

He’s now started multiple games this season at shortstop, center field, and second base … and he actually says 3B is his most comfortable spot. In the meantime, while it seems like Morel may be in a slump, I think he’s actually just fine:

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

Author: Michael Cerami

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