Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup 8/23/19 Cubs Lineup

69-58, 1st in NL Central

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It seemed like a down year in 2018 for the Cubs offense, and it somewhat was. The Cubs core has been intact for a few years now, and that won’t change in 2019. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are the one-two punch in the middle of the order, but the names around them will need to pick things up. Guys like Ian Happ, Ben Zobrist, and Jason Heyward are in dire needs of consistent performances. The on-base guys have to do a better job to give both Rizzo and Bryant more RBI chances. Javier Baez is coming off a career season, and even if he drops down a bit, the production he brings is huge. Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras are two familiar names, but the career path wasn’t where they wanted it to be in 2018.

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Starting Lineup

J. Lester , (L), SP
1. J. Heyward , (L), CF
2. N. Castellanos , (R), RF
3. K. Bryant , (R), 3B
4. A. Rizzo , (L), 1B
5. J. Baez , (R), SS
6. K. Schwarber , (L), LF
7. J. Lucroy , (R), C
8. T. Kemp , (L), 2B
9. J. Lester , (L), SP
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) 80 24 10-8 134 590 153 76 64 21 37 132 24.70% 5.10% 1.42 0.335
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
CF Jason Heyward J. Heyward (L) 80 1 119 472 111 74 15 4 18 49 62 7 2 0.266 0.35 0.45 0.801
RF Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos (R) 87 2 122 523 140 75 44 3 18 48 72 2 2 0.29 0.34 0.51 0.845
3B Kris Bryant K. Bryant (R) 92 3 121 530 130 71 32 1 26 63 91 2 0 0.286 0.385 0.53 0.917
1B Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo (L) 89 4 123 526 128 75 26 2 25 81 80 5 1 0.29 0.401 0.53 0.929
SS Javier Baez J. Baez (R) 88 5 126 525 141 75 34 4 28 82 84 10 6 0.283 0.314 0.54 0.849
LF Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber (L) 79 6 121 475 93 45 18 1 29 67 61 1 3 0.227 0.322 0.49 0.81
C Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy (R) 74 7 82 292 65 48 9 1 7 33 29 0 0 0.249 0.318 0.37 0.69
2B Tony Kemp T. Kemp (L) 77 8 82 223 44 27 7 3 7 22 24 4 3 0.221 0.287 0.39 0.679
SP Jon Lester J. Lester (L) 80 9 25 40 7 5 1 0 1 5 4 0 0 0.194 0.275 0.31 0.581

2019 Recent Cubs Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
8/22 vs SF W 1-0 Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks (R), 7 IP, 7 SO, 0 ER, W Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks
8/22 vs SF W 12-11 Yu Darvish Y. Darvish (R), 5.1 IP, 8 SO, 6 ER, ND Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Yu Darvish Y. Darvish
8/21 vs SF W 5-3 Cole Hamels C. Hamels (L), 6 IP, 5 SO, 3 ER, W Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy Tony Kemp T. Kemp Cole Hamels C. Hamels
8/18 @ PIT W 7-1 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 7 IP, 7 SO, 0 ER, W Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Victor Caratini V. Caratini Tony Kemp T. Kemp Jose Quintana J. Quintana
8/17 @ PIT W 2-0 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 6 IP, 3 SO, 0 ER, W Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Addison Russell A. Russell Ian Happ I. Happ Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy Jon Lester J. Lester
8/16 @ PIT L 2-3 Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks (R), 7 IP, 1 SO, 1 ER, ND Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks Tony Kemp T. Kemp
8/15 @ PHI L 5-7 Yu Darvish Y. Darvish (R), 7 IP, 10 SO, 0 ER, ND Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ David Bote D. Bote Victor Caratini V. Caratini Yu Darvish Y. Darvish Albert Almora Jr. A. Almora Jr.
8/14 @ PHI L 1-11 Cole Hamels C. Hamels (L), 2 IP, 2 SO, 8 ER, L Tony Kemp T. Kemp Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Cole Hamels C. Hamels
8/13 @ PHI L 2-4 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 6 IP, 14 SO, 1 ER, ND Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy Albert Almora Jr. A. Almora Jr. Ian Happ I. Happ Jose Quintana J. Quintana
8/11 @ CIN W 6-3 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 5 IP, 7 SO, 3 ER, ND Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Javier Baez J. Baez Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jon Lester J. Lester

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.