Against the Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs did their best impression of a September spoiler, taking two out of three and knocking them – for now – out of a Wild Card spot.
Now, they’ll shift their attention to another NL Central rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and try to further dampen an already disappointing season.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl):
- Chris Coghlan, LF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Willson Contreras, C
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- Kyle Hendricks, P
It’s a rest day for Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist, as Albert Almora Jr. will get a start in center, and Chris Coghlan will get a shot to lead off.
Willson Contreras will catch Kyle Hendricks’ penultimate start, which is something he may well do in the postseason, too – the duo have worked well together in the second half.
Javy Baez is at second base, so you can freely expect some kind of gem over there on that side of the field tonight.
Your full Pre-Gamin’ will come closer to game time.
Michael Cerami contributed to this post.