The Cubs look to win a second one in Miami, and they’ll have a familiar face back in the lineup. And another face moves around again.
Chicago Cubs Lineup vs. Miami Marlins (Paul Clemens):
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, LF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Miguel Montero, C
- John Lakcey, P
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
Rizzo isn’t the only one back (back stiffness), as Miguel Montero (knee) starts behind the plate, with Willson Contreras going out to left field for the first time this year. I’ll say it again: the Cubs clearly have a lot of faith in this young man.
I wouldn’t necessarily read too much into Contreras not catching Lackey again after their first pairing together. There’s value in getting Contreras a start in left field, and, if he was going to start either way, then it’s not like the Cubs lost a lefty bat by putting him in left field, since Montero effectively replaces Chris Coghlan in that way.
Ben Zobrist sits, as expected, after taking a pitch off the ankle last night. Javy Baez, and his magical glove, goes over to second base.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.