Happ will likely remain in a center field timeshare with Albert Almora and, to a lesser extent, Jason Heyward in 2019 based on matchups, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Happ should get plenty of playing time after racking up 462 plate appearances in 2018, though his .608 OPS against lefty starters (compared to .816 against right-handers) will likely limit his opportunities against southpaws, especially since Almora hits them well. Happ's versatility and power potential will still get him in the lineup often, but his value figures to remain somewhat capped due to the timeshare.
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. The Cubs will roll with Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist in the outfield as they look to capture the NL Central crown with a win and a Brewers loss. Heading into the postseason, Happ figures to remain a versatile option for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who no doubt will mix and match his lineups based on optimal matchups.
Happ went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Reds. Getting the start in center field and hitting ninth, Happ played hero with a seventh-inning blast -- his 15th home run of the year and only his fourth in 49 games since the All-Star break. Despite a woeful .190/.307/.349 second-half slash line, the 24-year-old will likely see at least semi-regular playing time to close out the regular season with Jason Heyward (hamstring) and Kyle Schwarber (back) both currently sidelined.
Happ is out of the starting nine against the Brewers on Wednesday. Happ will head to the bench for the series finale after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Tuesday. In his place, Albert Almora will roam center field and bat sixth.
Happ is not starting Monday against the Brewers. Happ doesn't have any one spot locked down in the Cubs' outfield, but he'd nevertheless managed to start seven of the last nine games prior to Monday's contest. Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist will be the Cubs' outfielders for the key divisional matchup.