#Cubs Opening Night lineup vs Angels

Jake Arrieta will get the Cubs season started Monday night when they face the Angels and right-hander Garrett Richards in Anaheim. First pitch will be at 9:05 p.m. CT/7:05 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on television on ABC 7 Chicago and ESPN2, and on radio on 670 AM The Score. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Schwarber LF

Soler DH

Montero C

Russell SS

Arrieta is coming off a historical season in which he went 12-1 with 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break. This will be his second career Opening Day start. He threw seven shutout innings for the Orioles in 2012 against the Twins.

 

This year marks the first time the Cubs will open a season against an American League opponent. They are hoping to finish the year beating an AL team as well.

— Carrie Muskat

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I would have flipped Soler & Schwarber’s positions, but I guess both are guys with good arms who are playing a somewhat new position for them, so six-of-one half-a-dozen of the other. And Jorge Soler will now be the answer to the trivia question: Who was the first ever Opening Day DH for the Cubs? See if you can remember that in 20 years when it comes up on Sports Jeopardy!

Aloha Doug, I can see your point about flipping the two. It seems as if Madden likes the righty-lefty pattern for the opposing pitcher especially in the lower part of the batting order. Only 1hr away from the season starting! Mahalo!

Aloha folks, well Arrieta just picked up where he left off! And for Montero to be the rbi producer and later Szczur, that was very cool. The way Jake pitched, 1 run was all it would take and good defense behind him too. I am sure Jasper enjoyed his time at the game! A great start to the new season! Mahalo!

Nice to see the mighty Szczur do something good with his one plate appearance. I hope he keeps it up.

Too many Cubs being left on base

If Schwarber was so important to be on the field because of his offense, then why are the other two non productive catchers on the field?

Schwarber is still developing as a catcher, which is why he was to catch Hammel (they were a good match in Spring Training). As for Montero and Ross, they are veterans behind the plate, and needed for their expertise there. I would never call them “non productive.” They simply contribute in other ways

Aloha Dave- Carrie made a good point(s). Plus it takes time for a catcher to become a very good pitch framer, pitch caller, defender and “manager” of ones bullpen. It was not like Buster Posey overnight was a great catcher. Remember he was a converted infielder/pitcher to catcher. And the beauty of how this team is not constructed, pressure can be taken off of folks. I have said it for years, outside of a manager/coaches the next position that has the most to deal with is a backstop. The amount of studying/work that goes into that position is immense. Yes Schwarber’s power from the left side will be missed but it is not a season-breaker for this team. This team is showing that it can have more patience and a better approach at the plate. Home-runs are nice but drawing walks, striking out less, running the bases well, manufacturing runs (small-ball) is in many cases more important and to do it consistently because it will wear down the opposing team. Hang in there now. Mahalo!

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