The Cubs’ pitchers collective batting average is .104, so I think it is safe to say that pitchers for the Cubs do not get on base very often. Because of this, it is best to have a guy batting .250, who has a far better chance of reaching base, hit 9th in order to put more runners on base for the top of the order to capitalize on. Maddon understood this before almost everyone, and quickly implemented this lineup in order to put as many runs on the board as possible. It’s only a matter of time before Maddon’s new batting order is adopted by every team, and pitchers batting 9th becomes a thing of the past.
Maddon has not hesitated to change players positions if he feels it will help the team. We’ve seen Castro at SS, 2B, and on the bench this season. Schwarber has been a DH, catcher, and left fielder. Even Addison Russell has moved from second base to shortstop. On top of everything, however, is Schwarber’s place in the Cubs’ lineup. He came into this season as a backup catcher because, let’s be honest, he isn’t the best in the field. His spot on the field has been earned with his tremendous hitting. But the National League does not play with a DH, so it seemed that Schwarber would once again return to the bench when Miguel Montero returned from his thumb injury. Instead, Maddon moved Schwarber to left field, allowing him to continue helping the Cubs’ offense.
One season after going 73-89, the Cubs stand in sole possession of the 4th best record in baseball at 79-57. With a young and talented roster and the best manager in baseball at the helm, it looks like Back to the Future may have been right all along. The Cubs have a chance of doing something that almost no one in the world has seen in their lifetime: The Chicago Cubs as World Series Champions. So get excited Chicago, because our time is NOW.