Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is out of the lineup again tonight, and, as of the release of this lineup, we don’t yet have word on whether this is still a wait-and-see situation, or a DL situation.
Chicago Cubs Lineup vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia):
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Kris Bryant, LF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Javy Baez, 3B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- John Lackey, P
That’s a young lineup right there! When Willson Contreras is only the fourth youngest player in the lineup, it’s a young group. Heck, Ben Zobrist is the only positional player over age 26!
And that defense!
Willson Contreras makes his starting debut as expected, and he even gets the serious respect of batting fifth. It would be unfair to expect him to homer off of every pitch he sees, so try to resign yourself to the notion that he might hit only two or three dingers tonight.
Jaime Garcia will face a whole lot of righties in this one, though it’s worth pointing out that he’s basically been split-neutral for his career.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.