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Cubs World Series Game 1 Lineup: Kyle Schwarber At DH

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... and a surprising starter in right field.

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As everyone expected once it was announced Kyle Schwarber would be on the CubsWorld Series roster, he’s in the lineup for Game 1 at designated hitter.

What is a bit of a surprise is the starter in right field:

This will be Chris Coghlan’s first start of the postseason. Coghlan has played in five games previously this October, four as a pinch-hitter. He’s 0-for-4 with one intentional walk.

It seems clear that Joe Maddon wanted Coghlan’s offensive potential instead of Jason Heyward’s, and figured he could live with somewhat lesser defense in Progressive Field’s right field. It certainly can’t be matchups: Cogs is 1-for-3 lifetime vs. Corey Kluber (a double), and Heyward is 0-for-3.

Hopefully, this lineup will result in the Cubs getting an early lead on Kluber and the Tribe, thus helping avoid Andrew Miller, and then Heyward can come into the game for defensive help in the late innings.