Eddie Jackson is hosting a charity softball game this Saturday, June 15th at Schamburg Boomers stadium at 5:05pm. It’ll be offense vs defense so let’s take an early look at what these lineups might look like for both teams.
1. Eddie Jackson
Has home run hitting ability in the leadoff spot and a flair for the dramatic. This rising star puts the pressure on the opposing pitcher from the very first pitch. Plus it’s his game, so of course he’s batting first.
2. Kyle Fuller
Tied for the NFL interception lead in 2018, Fuller’s combination of speed, instincts and film study at the top of the lineup helps set the table for the big bats.
3. Akiem Hicks
As Ed O’Bradovich said at the 100 year celebration this past weekend, Khalil Mack “is a man-eater, but (Akiem Hicks) is the man who makes it happen.” It’s long been said you put your most important hitter in the 3-hole.
4. Khalil Mack
The quintessential cleanup hitter. Who else would you want in this spot?
5. Danny Trevathan
Provides world champion protection behind Mack in the likely event that the opponent tries to pitch around #52.
6. Roquan Smith
Just when an opponent think they’ve gotten thru the heart of the lineup, the 2018 rookie who came up just shy of Brian Urlacher’s franchise tackling mark is there to “break a man,” as he said right after his Bears intro press conference.
7. Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
Sliding this new addition into the 7-hole takes some of the pressure off of him to make an immediate impact, while also trapping pitchers into thinking they might get a break against a guy who has shown big play ability in the past.
8. Bilal Nichols
One of the most underrated players in the entire league is perfectly fine lurking at the bottom of the order. A second cleanup hitter, he’s happy consistently performing and making his teammates better. Everyone in this lineup knows how valuable he is.
9. Leonard Floyd
Still in a bit of a prove it spot, but if he consistently plays the way he’s shown shown flashes of, he could not only be dangerous in this spot, but he could climb up the lineup pretty quickly.
10. Prince Amukamara
Veteran who knows he’s there to do a job and turn the lineup over. His speed and ball skills make him a threat.
11. Buster Skrine
Another newcomer, let’s see what he’s got at the bottom of the order.
1. Taylor Gabriel *Anthony Miller
We can all agree there’s no reason for Miller, a guy who dislocated his shoulder multiple times to be swinging a bat amiright?? Miller has the Willie Mayes Hayes swag you want from the leadoff man when healthy tho.
As for ‘Turbo’ Taylor Gabriel, of course you’re putting a guy who’s been clocked at 23 mph at the top of the lineup.
2. Tarik Cohen
Perfect spot for the swiss army knife of the offense. Could lay down a bunt and beat it out, move the runner, or even hit one to the gap and clear the bases.
3. Mitch Trubisky
The obvious spot for the leader of the offense and Akiem Hicks’ pick (outside himself) to win the home run derby part of this event. Let’s just hope he breaks out the punky QB headband and sunglasses look again this weekend.
4. Kyle Long
The most veteran member of the offensive line is there to protect the QB. Whether or not he’s even in the lineup, if anyone goes high and tight on # 10, better believe they’ll answer to #75.
5. Cody Whitehair
Some more muscle in the middle of the order. Has made it clear he’s good with moving around the lineup if the coaches think it’s best for the team.
6. Allen Robinson
Based on what we saw in the playoff game, he could be on his way to putting up big numbers anywhere in the batting order. Definitely a guy you want up late with the game on the line.
7. Charles Leno
Flies under the radar at one of the most important positions in football. If a pitcher thinks he’s in the clear after getting past Robinson, Leno will be there to throw a big block into that thinking.
8. Trey Burton / Adam Shaheen
When healthy, they provide some pop towards the bottom of the lineup. Let’s have Anthony Miller ready as the designated runner if these guys can get on base.
9. Bobby Massie
The ultimate team guy as he showed by signing a team friendly deal to stay in Chicago much earlier in the offseason than he had to.
10. James Daniels
As the new man in the middle on the offensive line, the burden falls on him to turn the lineup over and set the table for the speedy top of the order.
11. Mike Davis
Good spot to start for this new addition. Could easily see him towards the top of the lineup if he produces the way Matt Nagy & company thinks he can.
The defense has been ahead of the offense for pretty much the entire Pace/Nagy regime. But if Matt Nagy is involved, there’s sure to be no shortage of hidden ball tricks, squeezes and other trick plays with awesome names, so I might have to give a slight edge to the offense in this game.