Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Cubs Lineup

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The 2020 Cubs are another team that has projections as high as the division winner to as low as fourth. Chicago has a number of familiar faces in their projected batting order heading into the new season. These faces have taken the Cubbies to high places over the last few seasons. A key for the Cubs in 2020 will be how close some of these productive hitters rekindle themselves. Even the bottom of the Chicago order can produce runs.

The power and versatility from the top through the sixth spot in the order is impressive. This is clearly one key behind any projection that has them recapturing the NL Central title in 2020. Equally possible is that the question marks on the hill could be behind the why some don't think this will be the reality. Early stat projections ahead of 2020 indicate that the Cubs lineup will produce runs. Now, can their pitchers prevent the opposite from happening?

Cubs Starting Lineup

J. Lester , (L), SP
1. A. Rizzo , (L), 1B
2. N. Hoerner , (R), 2B
3. K. Bryant , (R), 3B
4. W. Contreras , (R), C
5. I. Happ , (S), CF
6. C. Kimbrel , (R), CL
7. K. Schwarber , (L), LF
8. J. Heyward , (L), RF
9. J. Baez , (R), SS
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)
78
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Anthony Rizzo A. Rizzo (L)
95
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Nico Hoerner N. Hoerner (R)
72
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Kris Bryant K. Bryant (R)
95
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Willson Contreras W. Contreras (R)
91
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Ian Happ I. Happ (S)
77
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Craig Kimbrel C. Kimbrel (R)
93
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Kyle Schwarber K. Schwarber (L)
86
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Jason Heyward J. Heyward (L)
88
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Javier Baez J. Baez (R)
91
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 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.