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

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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.


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


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Luis Medina

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

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