4/27 Baker in the No. 3 hole
Jeff Baker was inserted into the No. 3 spot in the lineup Wednesday, weather permitting. So far, the Cubs’ No. 3 hitters are .245 and have driven in six runs.
“I don’t care where I hit,” Baker said. “One through eight — as long as it’s not nine and the pitcher is hitting in front of me, I don’t care. I’m just happy to be playing.”
He has batted third before, including two games last season when he went 4-for-6. In Baker’s career, he’s 8-for-19 in nine games in the No. 3 hole with one home run and three RBIs. His background as a backup has helped him adjust. So far, Baker has hit first, fourth and fifth for the Cubs in the first month.
“I think it affects guys who are playing every day more, mentally where you are in the lineup,” Baker said. “When you’re coming off the bench, you don’t care where you’re hitting.”
— Carrie Muskat