#Cubs lineup: Fowler bats 7th

Dexter Fowler, who is 1-for-15 in his last four games, was dropped from leadoff to seventh in the Cubs’ lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF


Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Soler RF

Fowler CF

Lester P

Russell 2B

Monday’s game  marks  the halfway point in the schedule. The Cubs are 44-36 after 80 games; a year ago, they were 34-46 at this point. This season, the Cubs are on pace to win 89 games. Look at some of the stats:

* In 2014, the team ERA was 3.50; this year, it’s 3.32

* In 2014, the team was batting .231 with 70 home runs after 80 games; this year, the Cubs are batting .240 with 75 home runs.

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