Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup 2/18/19 Cubs Lineup

95-68, 2nd in NL Central

Chicago had a down year in 2018, and the Cubs core will be the same heading into 2019. Having Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo is a good lefty-righty punch to start in the middle of the lineup. The leadoff spot is going to be up in the air, but Ben Zobrist seems to be the likely candidate for most games. Javier Baez’s big push last season as given the Cubs confidence to put him in the cleanup spot. There is a lot of power here, and the upside of the front four can be compared with any front four in the league. Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber are big question marks in the offense behind him. If they can produce like we know they can, this lineup is going to be dangerous. If they start to slack, the back half of the lineup might not be a strong point like expected.

Updated: 2:55 pm GMT, 10/2

Starting Lineup

J. Lester , (L), SP
1. D. Murphy , (L), 2B
2. J. Baez , (R), SS
3. A. Rizzo , (L), 1B
4. K. Bryant , (R), 3B
5. A. A. Jr. , (R), CF
6. B. Zobrist , (S), RF
7. K. Schwarber , (L), LF
8. J. Lester , (L), SP
9. W. Contreras , (R), C
Pos Pitcher
SP Jon Lester J. Lester (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Jon Lester J. Lester (L) 84 32 18-6 181.2 761 174 75 67 24 64 149 0.21% 0.08% 1.31 0.293
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2B Daniel Murphy D. Murphy (L) 92 1 92 351 98 71 15 0 12 42 40 3 0 0.299 0.336 0.45 0.79
SS Javier Baez J. Baez (R) 84 2 161 644 176 93 40 9 34 111 101 21 9 0.29 0.326 0.55 0.88
1B Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo (L) 96 3 154 665 160 105 29 1 25 101 74 6 4 0.283 0.376 0.47 0.846
3B Kris Bryant K. Bryant (R) 96 4 102 457 106 62 28 3 13 52 59 2 4 0.272 0.374 0.46 0.834
CF Albert Almora Jr. A. A. Jr. (R) 78 5 153 477 127 97 24 1 5 41 62 1 3 0.286 0.323 0.38 0.701
RF Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist (S) 86 6 140 519 139 99 28 3 9 58 67 3 4 0.305 0.378 0.44 0.818
LF Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber (L) 91 7 137 509 102 59 14 3 26 61 64 4 3 0.238 0.356 0.47 0.823
SP Jon Lester J. Lester (L) 84 8 34 59 7 6 0 0 1 9 4 0 0 0.119 0.119 0.17 0.288
C Willson Contreras W. Contreras (R) 89 9 138 542 118 76 27 5 10 54 50 4 1 0.249 0.339 0.39 0.729

2018 Recent Cubs Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10/3 vs COL L 1-2 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 6 IP, 9 SO, 1 ER, ND Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Albert Almora Jr. A. A. Jr. Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Willson Contreras W. Contreras David Bote D. Bote Jon Lester J. Lester
10/1 vs MIL L 1-3 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 5 IP, 4 SO, 1 ER, ND Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Jason Heyward J. Heyward Jose Quintana J. Quintana Willson Contreras W. Contreras
9/30 vs STL W 10-5 Mike Montgomery M. Montgomery (L), 2.1 IP, 1 SO, 1 ER, ND Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Kris Bryant K. Bryant Jason Heyward J. Heyward Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Mike Montgomery M. Montgomery
9/29 vs STL L 1-2 Cole Hamels C. Hamels (L), 7 IP, 8 SO, 1 ER, L Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Jason Heyward J. Heyward Kris Bryant K. Bryant Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Cole Hamels C. Hamels
9/28 vs STL W 8-4 Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks (R), 8 IP, 2 SO, 2 ER, W Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Jason Heyward J. Heyward Kris Bryant K. Bryant Willson Contreras W. Contreras Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks David Bote D. Bote
9/28 vs PIT W 3-0 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 6 IP, 3 SO, 0 ER, W Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Willson Contreras W. Contreras Jon Lester J. Lester David Bote D. Bote
9/27 vs PIT W 7-6 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 5 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER, ND Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Jason Heyward J. Heyward Ian Happ I. Happ Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jose Quintana J. Quintana David Bote D. Bote
9/25 vs PIT L 1-5 Cole Hamels C. Hamels (L), 6 IP, 7 SO, 2 ER, L Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Kris Bryant K. Bryant Jason Heyward J. Heyward Cole Hamels C. Hamels Victor Caratini V. Caratini
9/23 @ CHW W 6-1 Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks (R), 7.2 IP, 5 SO, 1 ER, W Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Albert Almora Jr. A. A. Jr. David Bote D. Bote Willson Contreras W. Contreras Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ
9/22 @ CHW W 8-3 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 5 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER, W Daniel Murphy D. Murphy Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Javier Baez J. Baez Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Kris Bryant K. Bryant Jason Heyward J. Heyward Willson Contreras W. Contreras Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber David Bote D. Bote

2019 Chicago Cubs Pitching Analysis

The Chicago Cubs have somewhat of a make or break rotation this season. They had Yu Darvish go down with a season ending injury last season, Jon Lester out-pitched his ERA estimators, and Jose Quintana was very inconsistent. Adding Cole Hamels was a huge win for them, as he looked like his old self, and certainly looked to enjoy pitching out of Texas and back in the National League. Hamels is likely going to be a low four ERA type arm, and hover around a strikeout per inning as well. He is another year older, and his off-speed stuff is keeping him alive. Expectations for him have to be tempered a little bit, which could be frustrating if the rest of the rotation as issues. Lester had a 3.34 ERA, 4.43 xFIP, and 4.57 SIERA. His groundball rate dropped almost 10%, and soft-contact dropped 3%. He had his lowest swinging strike rate since 2013, and there is a concern for Lester heading into the season. Lester won’t turn into a gas can, but the ERA should be about a half a run to a full run higher than 2018.

Darvish is expected to be ready for Spring Training, and be 100% for the start of the regular season. This is good news for Cubs fans, as Darvish can help sure up this rotation. This rotation is incredibly deep, and even if Lester and Quintana struggle a bit, they are still better than most teams backend starters. Darvish should be limited a bit by Chicago as projections have him around 130-140 innings with above average strikeout numbers. Walks were a weird concern last season, but could be tied more to his health. Tyler Chatwood didn’t pan out for Chicago, as he had a higher walk rate than strikeout rate, with a 5.76 xFIP. Chatwood won’t be finding his way into the rotation this season, barring injuries. Kyle Hendricks continues to be a model of consistency, and is reliable for eating up innings. Hendricks led the team in innings pitched last season, and had the second best ERA on the team. He isn’t a flamethrower nor does he have huge swing and miss stuff. He induces a lot of pedestrian contact, and limits damage. Hendricks will likely be leading this staff this year, as of now he is penciled in as the ace.