Ultimate Cubs Lineup

Ultimate Cubs Lineup Tournament: Wright, Glanville advance to next round

2 years agoTony Andracki

The Ultimate Cubs Lineup Tournament is off and running, where each Marquee Sports Network analyst gets a chance to put their team to the test.

Up today, we had our Cubs 360 host Cole Wright going up against his daily wingman on the show — Bruce Levine. We also have Matt Spiegel — who survived the play-in game by beating Ryan Sweeney — facing off against Doug Glanville.

All matchup simulations were run by Strat-O-Matic, the market leader in sports simulations.

Wright vs. Levine

Wright Levine Matchup

FINAL: Wright 6, Levine 1

In a matchup of Greg Madduxes (both Wright and Levine chose the original “Professor” as their starting pitcher), Wright’s came out on top with 8 strong innings and 12 strikeouts.

Team Wright relied on 4 home runs off Levine’s version of Maddux, including 2 dingers from Billy Williams. The Hall of Famer hit a solo shot in the 1st inning and then added a 2-run blast in the 5th.

Rounding out the powerful outfield, Andre Dawson and Jim Edmonds also went yard for Wright.

For Levine, the only run came on Ernie Banks’ solo shot in the top of the 6th inning. Banks finished with 2 hits while Williams and Kris Bryant were the only other players to notch a base hit.

A virtual Levine was not happy with the strike zone after the game.

“I don’t like to complain but did you see that umpires strike zone?” Levine said in a simulated interview. “Maybe they ought to start calling the strike zone the way it’s printed in the rule book.”

Wright now moves on to the second round of the Ultimate Cubs Lineup Tournament, which will begin Monday, June 8.

Glanville vs. Spiegel

Glanville Spiegel Matchup

FINAL: Glanville 5, Spiegel 2

Spiegel’s luck ran out after the play-in game, running into the buzzsaw that is Fergie Jenkins in the first-round matchup with Glanville. The Hall of Fame right-hander allowed 2 runs in 8 strong innings, throwing 138 pitches in the process. Lee Smith picked up the save with a scoreless 9th frame.

Spiegel’s starter, Maddux, surrendered 5 runs in 7 innings, including 4 homers.

Team Glanville saw a huge boost from its offense as Ryne Sandberg, Anthony Rizzo, Sammy Sosa and Williams all went deep.

Team Spiegel had 8 hits, including 4 from leadoff man Lou Brock. David Ross and Rizzo went a combined 0-for-7, but they each knocked in a run for their squad with sacrifice flies.

Glanville will move on to the second round of the Ultimate Cubs Lineup tournament next week.

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