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The Cubs’ post-clinch lineup is something really special too


I loved the Twins lineup for this afternoon’s game. It came through about as well as I expected it to do too: they struck out 15 times and basically everyone kept their sunglasses on the whole time because, ow,my head. The Indians beat ’em 5-2 to pick up their 100th win of the season.

The Chicago Cubs clinched yesterday too. And, despite the fact that they had seven more hours to rest up before their game than the Twins had for theirs, they’re trotting out quite a special lineup too. No Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, or Jason Heyward. Alex Avila is your cleanup hitter. Behold:

Here’s hoping Kyle Hendricks doesn’t have a $500,000 incentive clause in his contract for getting eight wins this year.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:


1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C


1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.