The Chicago Cubs can clinch the division this week in St. Louis, but it’ll require a sweep to pull off.
Which means they’ll have to win tonight if they want to rub it the Cardinals’ faces on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, LF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Miguel Montero, C
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Kyle Hendricks, P
Three days and three catchers.
After Willson Contreras caught on Saturday and David Ross caught on Sunday, it’s Miguel Montero catching behind the plate tonight. With the righty, Mike Leake, on the mound and the playoffs just in sight, it’s a perfect time to keep the line moving. Although, despite career splits that tell a different story, Leake has actually been a bit better against lefties (.317) than righties (.327) in 2016.
Otherwise, everything looks fairly normal: Kris Bryant sticks at third, Javy Baez covers second, and Ben Zobrist kicks out to left field. We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.