Kyle Schwarber wasn't in his usual leadoff spot for Saturday's scheduled Cubs-Brewers game, which was postponed due to rain. Manager Joe Maddon released a new lineup with Ben Zobrist hitting first, followed by Schwarber — and the usual Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. It's no secret the Cubs slugger has struggled in the leadoff spot this season. Hitting .182/.305./.351 in 38 games, Schwarber has been looking to find consistency at the plate. Maddon even came to his defense earlier this week when asked whether the slumping Schwarber would continue to hit first in a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. So Maddon's shakeup in the lineup doesn't exactly indicate his lack of confidence
ST. LOUIS - Buster Posey and Brandon Belt declined Sunday to explain an incident between them in the final moments of Saturday night's 3-1 victory at Busch Stadium. With the Giants an out away from securing the 13-inning victory, Fox TV cameras caught Posey hollering at Brandon Belt after Stephen Piscotty stole second base. Posey appeared to be upset that Belt did not hold Piscotty close to the bag before the theft, despite Posey's signal for Belt to do so. Fox color man A.J. Pierzynski, a retired catcher, noted it on the broadcast. After Matt Carpenter flied out to end the game, Belt gave Posey an icy stare in the handshake line, after which Posey apparently turned to say something to the first
On one hand, you’ve got a shortstop who had an awful .243/.281/.365 in the first four seasons of his career, clustering him among no-hit wonders like Ramon Santiago and Clint Barmes. You can wave away some of this as a mirage, starting with an off-the-charts .400 batting average on balls in play that’s 106 points above league average and 115 points above his previous career high for a full season, and that’s a monstrous fluke.