The Chicago Cubs can win this series in Houston, but the bats will probably need to come alive quite a bit more than they have over the past week or so.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. Houston Astros (Mike Fiers):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Jorge Soler, DH
- Ben Zobrist, LF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Javy Baez, 2B
- David Ross, C
- Albert Almora Jr., RF
Another mix-and-match crew a bit tonight, as each of Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras get the night off. Albert Almora Jr. steps into right field – a rare time when there won’t be a huge defensive downgrade with Heyward on the bench.
David Ross will catch Jake Arrieta in this one after several weeks of Willson Contreras back there for Arrieta starts (with mixed results).
Ben Zobrist heads out to left, and Javy Baez gets a start at second base.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.