happy cubs old logoWith an off-day tomorrow, and a day game after a night game, a couple Cubs regulars are getting some rest today:

  1. Tommy La Stella, 2B
  2. Jason Heyward, CF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Jorge Soler, RF
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Matt Szczur, LF
  8. Addison Russell, SS
  9. Jason Hammel, P

Dexter Fowler, baseball’s current MVP by WAR (2.0!), gets a little rest, with Jason Heyward sliding over into center field. Jorge Soler starts in right field, with Matt Szczur picking up a start in left. It’s a small sample of just 21 plate appearances, but Szczur is making the most of his chances so far, hitting .333/.429/.556.



Ben Zobrist also gets a day off, with Tommy La Stella making a start – and leading off – at second base. Lefties have hit Reds starter Alfredo Simon much better than righties in recent years, so getting La Stella a start today makes even more sense. It’s also nice to give Zobrist an extra day off here and there, given his age. Not that he’s super old – he and I are both 34 – it’s just that he could probably stand to get the rest a little more than his younger teammates.

We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ a little closer to game time.


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