The Cubs face lefty Cole Hamels today (remember the last time they faced him at Wrigley Field?), so they’ll load up with righties.
Chicago Cubs Lineup vs. Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels):
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Matt Szczur, LF
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- John Lackey, P
Javy Baez gets a nod in the leadoff spot against the lefty, and he’ll spell Ben Zobrist at second base.
The Cubs will throw out a bunch of righties (plus Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward) today, which makes plenty of sense: righties are posting a wOBA 64 points higher against Hamels this year than lefties. For his career, however, Hamels has been split neutral.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.