The Cubs have won four in a row, and now they’ll swinging out West for a quick three game set against the Oakland A’s.
Jon Lester is taking the bump for Chicago, and here’s the lineup that stands behind him.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. Oakland Athletics (Dillon Overton)
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Kris Bryant, LF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jorge Soler, DH
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javy Baez, 3B
- David Ross, C
With the Cubs heading out to Oakland (and thus, the American League), they’ll get the benefit of a designated hitter tonight – which couldn’t have come at a better time. Why? Because Jorge Soler was just reactivated from the disabled list and steps immediately into the DH role. Had his return coincided with an NL series, it might have been a bit more challenging to squeeze him immediately back into the fold (especially considering the recent success of Javy Baez and Willson Contreras).
This provides the Cubs with a few days to ease Soler back into action and see how well he’s re-adapting to Major League pitching. It’s pretty much an ideal scenario, and I really can’t wait to see him back in there. The Cubs are almost at full-strength, once again. It’s been so long.
Jon Lester takes the mound, Ben Zobrist bats cleanup, Jorge Soler is back, and we’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.