Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup 12/9/19 Cubs Lineup

84-78, 3rd in NL Central

red-x Projected Proj

CHC 0 @ STL 9

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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.

Updated: 7:00 am GMT, 9/30

Starting Lineup

D. Holland , (L), SP
1. B. Zobrist , (S), 2B
2. N. Castellanos , (R), RF
3. K. Bryant , (R), 3B
4. K. Schwarber , (L), LF
5. W. Contreras , (R), C
6. V. Caratini , (S), 1B
7. J. Heyward , (L), CF
8. N. Hoerner , (R), SS
9. D. Holland , (S), SP
Pos Pitcher
SP Derek Holland D. Holland (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Derek Holland D. Holland (L) 67 8 2-5 84.1 376 82 61 57 20 45 82 27.30% 13.00% 1.51 0.284
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2B Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist (S) 77 1 48 176 39 33 5 0 1 17 24 0 0 0.26 0.358 0.31 0.671
RF Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos (R) 87 2 155 664 178 90 58 3 27 73 100 2 2 0.289 0.337 0.53 0.862
3B Kris Bryant K. Bryant (R) 92 3 148 634 153 86 35 1 31 77 108 4 0 0.282 0.382 0.52 0.903
LF Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber (L) 79 4 155 610 132 62 29 3 38 92 82 2 3 0.25 0.339 0.53 0.87
C Willson Contreras W. Contreras (R) 80 5 105 409 98 54 18 2 24 64 57 1 1 0.272 0.355 0.53 0.888
1B Victor Caratini V. Caratini (S) 56 6 95 279 65 43 11 0 11 34 31 1 0 0.266 0.348 0.45 0.795
CF Jason Heyward J. Heyward (L) 80 7 148 588 129 84 20 4 21 62 78 8 3 0.251 0.344 0.43 0.773
SS Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner (R) 68 8 20 82 22 17 1 1 3 17 13 0 0 0.282 0.305 0.44 0.741
SP Derek Holland D. Holland (S) 67 9 53 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.071 0.133 0.07 0.204

2019 Recent Cubs Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/29 @ STL L 0-9 Derek Holland D. Holland (L), 2 IP, 0 SO, 7 ER, L Tony Kemp T. Kemp Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Ian Happ I. Happ Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Victor Caratini V. Caratini Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Addison Russell A. Russell Derek Holland D. Holland
9/28 @ STL W 8-6 Cole Hamels C. Hamels (L), 4 IP, 8 SO, 0 ER, ND Tony Kemp T. Kemp Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ian Happ I. Happ Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy Victor Caratini V. Caratini Addison Russell A. Russell David Bote D. Bote Cole Hamels C. Hamels
9/28 @ STL W 8-2 Alec Mills A. Mills (R), 5 IP, 9 SO, 1 ER, ND Tony Kemp T. Kemp Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Ian Happ I. Happ Victor Caratini V. Caratini Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Albert Almora Jr. A. Almora Jr. Alec Mills A. Mills
9/26 @ PIT L 5-9 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 5 IP, 4 SO, 5 ER, L Tony Kemp T. Kemp Ian Happ I. Happ Robel Garcia R. Garcia Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jonathan Lucroy J. Lucroy David Bote D. Bote Addison Russell A. Russell Albert Almora Jr. A. Almora Jr. Jose Quintana J. Quintana
9/25 @ PIT L 2-4 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 6 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER, ND Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Ian Happ I. Happ Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Jon Lester J. Lester
9/24 @ PIT L 2-9 Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks (R), 6 IP, 5 SO, 5 ER, L Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Ian Happ I. Happ Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Kyle Hendricks K. Hendricks
9/22 vs STL L 2-3 Yu Darvish Y. Darvish (R), 8.1 IP, 12 SO, 3 ER, L Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Yu Darvish Y. Darvish
9/21 vs STL L 8-9 Jose Quintana J. Quintana (L), 3.1 IP, 4 SO, 5 ER, ND Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Jose Quintana J. Quintana
9/20 vs STL L 1-2 Alec Mills A. Mills (R), 4.2 IP, 6 SO, 0 ER, ND Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras David Bote D. Bote Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner Alec Mills A. Mills
9/19 vs CIN L 2-3 Jon Lester J. Lester (L), 5 IP, 5 SO, 1 ER, ND Ben Zobrist B. Zobrist Nicholas Castellanos N. Castellanos Kris Bryant K. Bryant Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber Willson Contreras W. Contreras Victor Caratini V. Caratini Jason Heyward J. Heyward Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner 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.