Today is the day. Opening Day for the 2016 Chicago Cubs. I, like many others, am excited to be writing what could be the first post of a year that ends all of the pain and suffering for Cubs fans and players alike on their journey to the World Series.
While there is plenty of time to get sentimental throughout the year about Chicago Cubs baseball, the first game is tonight and we have important things to get to such as Lineup Notes: Opening Day edition!
Joe Maddon gets the honor to trot out there a lineup with an extra masher out there being in the American League for tonight’s game and using the DH. The lineup card reads as follows:
- Dexter Fowler– CF
- Jason Heyward– RF
- Ben Zobrist– 2B
- Anthony Rizzo– 1B
- Kris Bryant– 3B
- Kyle Schwarber– LF
- Jorge Soler– DH
- Miguel Montero– C
- Addison Russell– SS
Pitcher: Jake Arrieta
– Joe Maddon has a problem all managers wish they had for tonight’s game; too many hitters and not enough 3-4-5 holes. To be completely honest, Maddon could have thrown any order of hitters out there and I would be happy.
– More on Joe Maddon. He faces a guy in Mike Scioscia that he coached under for many years back in Anaheim. So I guess we have Scioscia to thank for the creation of many Maddon-isms we see over the course of the year.
– Garrett Richards takes the mound for the Angels. He is the Opening Day starter so we know he can pitch but two interesting stats for the 27 year old righty: he led the league in HR/9 with only 0.3 in 2014. He also has led the league in wild pitches each of the past 2 years. Does that really matter? No. Will I brag about pointing that out when he throws one tomorrow? Absolutely.
– The Angels seem to be in for an uphill battle this season. There are a few very bright spots with this roster (Richards, Trout, Pujols, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons) but the lack of depth could really hurt them this season. Also there is probably a market for a Drake “Jumpman” remix with Ji-Man Choi’s name somewhere.
– Just one last reminder that Jake Arrieta is really, really good and he pitches tonight.