The Cubs dropped yesterday’s game to the Pirates, a wind-swept frustrating one. That means today’s finale is a chance for the Pirates to sweep.
Here’s the lineup that’ll try to prevent that:
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, RF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, CF
- Willson Contreras, C
- Jon Lester, P
- Javy Baez, 2B
Look familiar? Yup, it’s the same lineup as yesterday. On most teams, that would not be especially remarkable, but for a Joe Maddon team featuring as much versatility as these Cubs, I regard it as borderline shocking. I don’t really have a problem with it, but I sure would like to see Albert Almora in there a bit more, with Ben Zobrist and/or Kyle Schwarber getting a day off.
Hey, this crew scored seven runs yesterday, so why change things too much, right?
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to the 1:20pm CT game time.