Winning Lineup

By Jim Irwin 8/29

If you have the MLB at bat app, like any out of market Cubs fan does, you see the lineup notification about 6 hours before the first pitch every day.  You stop what you’re doing to see who’s playing where, to see what did Joe Maddon schemed up today.

This whole year, I’ve looked at my phone and thought questions like,  “Why the hell is Javy not playing? Why is Schwarber still leading off?” and many many other questions of holes in our lineup.  Saturday, I looked down at my phone to read the lineup and thought “This is a winning lineup.”

Almost every one is hot.  Schwarber is settling in to the 2 hole, Rizz is the best player on earth in August not named Giancarlo Stanton, Avila is looking like the perfect trade, and even Tommy Fucking LaStella is producing, with one of the best averages on the team.

While our pitching has been shaky these past few weeks, lacking consistency, offensively, I’m getting a feeling I haven’t had since 2016 when I look at this lineup.  We have one of the easiest remaining schedules in all of baseball, now let’s take care of business and be the Cubs.