#Cubs lineup vs Royals for Fri 5/29

Jake Arrieta takes the mound on Friday when the Cubs play host to the Royals at Wrigley Field to kick  off an Interleague series. It’s Kansas City’s first trip to Wrigley since July 2001. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Castro SS

Montero C

Soler RF

Lake LF

Arrieta P

Russell 2B

* Cubs batters lead the Majors in strikeouts (451), while Royals batters have struck out the fewest times (259).

* This is Royals hitting coach Dale Sveum’s first time back at Wrigley since he was dismissed as manager of the Cubs after the 2013 season.

* Over their four-game losing streak, the Royals have been outscored 29-5

( The Cubs have lost four of their last six games, and have scored eight runs in those four contests.

* Friday’s starter, Edinson Volquez, has been the Royals best. He’s won each of his last two starts, defeating the Yankees 6-0 and then beat the Cards 3-2. In those two starts, he allowed two runs in 13 innings (1.38 ERA). Volquez is 7-0, 2.90 ERA lifetime vs. the Cubs. That’s over 11 games (10 starts) and 59 innings.

* Arrieta has posted quality starts in his last three outings, but wasn’t happy with his last start vs. the D-backs when
he gave up three earned runs over six innings in a 9-6 win. Arrieta is 11-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 23 career starts at Wrigley. . He’s allowed one run or fewer in seven of his last nine home starts.

* Starlin Castro had two hits on Wednesday, but he’s had a rough month. In his last 28 games, he’s batting .218 (24-110 AB), with a .250 OBP and .273 SLG. He has one home run, scored seven runs and has struck out 25 times.

* In Kris Bryant’s last 18 games,  he has seven home runs, 18 RBIs and a .636 slugging percentage.

* The Royals bullpen has a 1.84 ERA in 152 IP, best ERA in baseball. The Cubs bullpen has a 4.07 ERA in 137 IP, and the ERA ranks 22nd in baseball.


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On paper it would seem that KC would be favored. Hopefully the Cubs can take the series. I see the trade value of Castro falling at the moment. Hitting in the clutch and errorless play are a must. I’m afraid that we would have to give up at least one top prospect in addition to. Could Schwarber be part of the September call-ups?

Tomntexas, what trade package are you assuming Castro would be in? And for which player(s) in return? Castro is a little down on his luck right now, I am hoping he is not traded and given a chance to return to his past offensive form, which is pretty good. As far as his defense goes….well, I can see him being traded to upgrade at SS. What do you think of giving him an opportunity in LF? LF seems to be wide open with neither Coghlan or Lake taking charge. Might as well throw Castro in the mix??? Just wondering.

I did not have a specific trade in mind. Possibly for a starting pitcher if the Cubs are close. Moving Castro to the outfield, Baez to 2nd, Addison to short. This would be a great move if Baez can hit at the major league level. Let’s switch Castro and Russell in the order too. Makes our bench stronger as well. Just sayin!

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