Tonight marks the final game of the 2016 season at Wrigley Field, but it doesn’t mean it is the Cubs’ last game.
In fact, a win tonight moves the series back to Cleveland, where David Ross — who is retiring when the World Series ends — can suit up at least one more time.
Let’s see if the Cubs can get Grandpa Rossy one last home win and another game in The Show.
Jon Lester will have the following lineup behind him against Trevor Bauer and the Indians at the Friendly Confines.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, LF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javier Baez, 2B
- David Ross, C
- Jon Lester, P
The regular Jon Lester group gets a little bit of a wrinkle with Russell, Heyward and Baez moving up in the order as David Ross (who has hits in three of his last four postseason games) slides into the eighth spot in the order.
Every player in the Game 5 lineup who started in Game 2 recorded a hit in that win. Ben Zobrist had the best day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk, run batted in and run scored.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.