The first baseball games of 2023 are nearly here.
Ahead of the Chicago Cubs' spring training opener against the San Francisco Giants, manager David Ross said he'd roll out the regulars.
This gives us a glimpse at the team we'll see on the field this year at Wrigley Field, and there weren't any surprises.
Starting Pitcher: Marcus Stroman
Catcher: Yan Gomes
First Base: Eric Hosmer
Second Base: Nico Hoerner
Shortstop: Dansby Swanson
Third Base: Patrick Wisdom
Left Field: Ian Happ
Center Field: Cody Bellinger
Right Field: Seiya Suzuki
Designated Hitter: Trey Mancini
There aren't necessarily any surprises, except maybe Gomes over Tucker Barnhart at catcher.
Now, this is just the field roles and the DH. The order with which they bat hasn't been released yet and likely will fluctuate over the course of the season as some players get hot while others cool off.
Fangraphs projects the following starting line up against right-handed pitchers:
- Hoerner, 2B
- Swanson, SS
- Happ, LF
- Suzuki, RF
- Hosmer, 1B
- Mancini, DH
- Bellinger, CF
- Morel, 3B
- Barnhart, C
This notably has Christopher Morel at third base and Barnhart at catcher. Wisdom batted .191 and had a .665 OPS against right-handed pitchers. Both lower than his totals against left-handed arms.
Morel batted .251 with a .782 OPS against right-handed pitchers.
Gomes (.232 BA, .605 OPS) is better against right-handers than Barnhart (.216 BA, .552 OPS), however.
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