The Chicago Cubs are not serious people with their current roster construction

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For any fans of the hit HBO series, "Succession", you would know that the patriarch of the Roy family, Logan, never takes his children seriously despite the different ideas and visions they may have for the family's business ventures. Logan Roy does not believe his children to be serious people and Chicago Cubs fans are in a similar position as they watch the recent stretch of games.

Entering Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros, the Cubs were in the midst of a three-game losing streak and in desperate need of starting pitcher Justin Steele to post a quality start in an effort to get momentum back on their side.

That would be the reason why fans questioned the laughable lineup that manager David Ross constructed.

Four of the nine spots in the Cubs' lineup were concessions and it began with Nick Madrigal in the leadoff spot. Madrigal went 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot and his slash line on the season has moved to .241/.275/.299 through 91 plate appearances with a 58 wRC+.

Having Madrigal in the leadoff spot is a waste of a plate appearance and ditto for the final three spots in the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday. Miles Mastrobuoni, Eric Hosmer, and Tucker Barnhart combined for 1 hit in 8 plate appearances on Tuesday night in the Cubs' 7-3 loss to the Astros.

Admittedly, Ross' hands are tied in the sense that starting second baseman Nico Hoerner is on the IL and center fielder Cody Bellinger is nursing a leg injury. Though, that is no reason for both Mastrobuoni and Madrigal to be in the same lineup. The Cubs leading home run hitter, Patrick Wisdom, started the game on the bench and he was available as he pinch hit for Hosmer later in the game.

The issue with the Cubs and their messaging that expectations have changed at the Major League level is that the bottom of their roster is incompetent. There is no reason Barnhart should be on this team instead of rookie catcher Miguel Amaya. There is no reason Madrigal should be a leadoff hitter while Hoerner is out. There is no reason for Hosmer to be in the lineup over Wisdom. Until the Cubs right those wrongs, there is no reason to believe the Cubs are serious people.

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