#Cubs Hammel bats 8th

Joe Maddon has quizzed the Cubs “brainiac” department regarding the pros and cons of having the pitcher bat eighth, and on Sunday, he tested it with Jason Hammel. It won’t be the last time.

“Our lineup should be relatively thick up and down,” Maddon said of the potential for offensive output. “Whoever is hitting in front of the pitcher will be at a disadvantage. If there’s one of those last two guys in the lineup who you like a lot in regards to maybe getting on base and being a pretty good hitter, it would be advantageous to us and to him to hit him ninth.”

If the pitcher is expected to go deep in a game, like Jon Lester, he will likely bat ninth. Maddon asked the Cubs baseball operations people to analyze the options and present the percentages.

“I really try to take in all the information possible,” Maddon said. “I do believe we have some guys who make it make sense.”

— Carrie Muskat

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