What to Watch for When the Chicago Cubs Open Spring Training

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Lineup Projections

Anthony Rizzo is an MVP candidate, and the Cubs leader in the clubhouse. The offense will go as he goes. But with veterans Ben Zobrist and Heyward in the mix, they look more balanced. Going into spring camp, this Cubs offense has the ability to score a lot of runs, be at the top in many statistical categories, and support a strong pitching staff. The big question will be if Kris Bryant, Russel, and Schwarber experience any sophomore set backs. The Cubs will also have a respectable bench, and plenty more prospects to tap into if needed. If this lineup performs to their ability, the scoreboards at Wrigley Field better be secured with extra padding and protection.

The projected lineup:

Ben Zobrist – S
Kyle Schwarber – L
Kris Bryant – R
Anthony Rizzo – L
Jason Heyward – L
Jorge Soler – R
Miguel Montero – L
Pitcher Spot
Addison Russell – R

The projected bench:
David Ross – R
Javier Baez – R
Chris Coghlan – L
Tommy La Stella – L



2 Responses

  1. Gary Einstein

    Arrieta “pitched like there were three of him on the mound”? What does that even mean? My guess is you found a cool graphic you wanted to use and you forced that goofy sentence in to introduce it.

  2. Jim

    Regression? Schwarber hit .240, Russell hit .240 and soler .260 with injuries. Not much to regress from with those guys. Don’t forget Baez either


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