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Chicago Cubs Lineup: New Stability At The Top, Baez At SS In First Trip To SunTrust Park

Cubs Lineups

The Chicago Cubs travel to make their first ever trip to SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. They’ll leave the designated hitter in Baltimore, but will throw together a lineup similar to what scored 27 runs during the team’s three-game sweep of the Orioles.


Here’s what the lineup will look like as they seek their fourth consecutive win:

  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Ian Happ, CF
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javy Baez, SS
  9. Jon Lester, P

Braves starter Julio Teheran has not found his new digs to provide much of a home-field advantage. Teheran is 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA in nine starts at home this season, and opponents are slashing .298/.374/.537 against him in those games. The home cooking isn’t great for Teheran, who owns an elevated walk rate (9.4%) and diminished strikeout rate (15.0%) when at SunTrust Park.

And yet, this appears to be a tough matchup for the Cubs on paper. Kyle Schwarber is 3-for-3 against Teheran, but the rest of the Cubs are 5-for-42 against the right-handed hurler. Schwarber is one of just three Cubs (Anthony Rizzo, Jon Jay being the others) to have an extra-base hit against Teheran. Hopefully, the extreme home splits play more than recent history.


As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:35 CT).


Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.