Who should be the Cubs’ leadoff hitter?

It might have to be a non-traditional choice.

Meeting with reporters on the day pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked about the leadoff spot in the lineup, where the team doesn’t have an obvious choice for 2018:

Manager Joe Maddon plans to look at several candidates for the leadoff spot in the Cubs lineup, describing the situation as still “rotational.”

Those candidates could include Ben Zobrist and Albert Almora Jr., although Maddon only disclosed that he would hold auditions based on opposing pitchers. Maddon even used slugger Anthony Rizzo for 14 games at the leadoff spot last year, and he batted .300 with a .373 on-base percentage from the spot.

“The last 10 days (of spring training) I like to ramp it up,’ Maddon said. “You’ll start seeing more of a test situation as to what we may look like breaking out of camp. We have some ideas, but nothing concrete right now.”

It would be nice if the Cubs could clone the 2016 version of Dexter Fowler (“You go, we go”) to hit at the top of the lineup, but that ship sailed to St. Louis a year ago. The Cubs …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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