#Cubs lineup vs Reds

Jason Hammel gets the start Tuesday when the Cubs face the Reds in Goodyear. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Schwarber C

Soler LF

Russell SS

Hammel P

*Looking ahead, Kyle Hendricks will start Wednesday against the Rangers, and Jake Arrieta will start Thursday against the Giants in Scottsdale.


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A lineup with Schwarber catching is a sexy lineup

Aloha Tyler, this is a great lineup and Madden is also having Hammel bat in the “traditional” pitcher’s slot. I hope this is successful because as an arsenal for Joe, he can have one game with the pitcher in either the 8th slot or 9th; this throws off the opposing team! Take care now. Mahalo!

I see as a test for Russell, last year he was not hitting ahead of the Pitcher and his OBP was acceptable for a very young, first year SS.
If he can be patient, hitting in front of the Pitcher, take the walk when given, he will eventually have better pitches to hit.
Hope Russell has a very good day.

Aloha jasper, that is a salient point! You know there will be those times where Addison is thrown junk to get to the pitcher’s slot. If he can take the walk and learns how to run the bases better, we could see him a lot on Second! By the way, that is where later in a game you have Russell AB, pitcher on deck, so Addison gets the junk thrown at him then call the timeout and have Wood PH for himself or a Soler/Baez/etc. Boy, Maddon is having fun with this roster; I know I would! Take care now. Mahalo!

I would bat Russell #2 ahead of Heyward and drop everyone down a slot.

That could happen Bob, but right now with Russell just learning to hit at the ML level, why? His OBP hitting in front of Fowler last year was only .304.
With Fowler, Zobrist, Heyward, Rizzo, Bryant at the top, they all have over a .335 OBP, most over .350.
With that kind of OBP, there will be many more Runs scored.
Even Soler & Schwarber have pretty impressive OBP’s down in the order. If Russell is patient, he will have a chance for many RBI’s.

Aloha jasper, Bob, Tyler: well-Hammel had another great outing! And him and Schwarber seem to be getting along well; Kyle’s 2 pick-offs were great! To bad for Gomes, he had a hard day and the ole SF Giant – Machi got the save that is cool. Now what to do with both Negron and Kawasaki as well as Murton, all showing they want to have spot on the team! Mahalo!

Thanks for pointing out Machi is a former Giant, k.g. I was unaware, and am guessing some other Cubs` fans may have been enlightened, as well. Speaking of Negron, did you know Kristopher is capable of playing first base, second base, the hot corner, and short, his natural position? But that`s not all. He can play all three outfield positions. In fact Negron played all those seven positions during the 2014 season when with the Redlegs. You can look it up. {Aside: thanks for your support for the Wahoos. We will need it versus Georges Niang and his Cyclones` teammates. One of my pre-season college hoops magazines described Niang as “the most fascinating college basketball player in the land.” Can hardly wait to see him perform. Brogdon is an outstanding defender, and this may very well be the biggest challenge Malcolm has faced in his memorable collegiate career.}

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