Forgive me for the slightly delayed lineup post. I don’t want to point fingers, especially because it’s all Brett’s fault.
Here’s today’s group:
- Jon Jay, CF
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alex Avila, C
- Tommy La Stella, 3B
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Javy Baez, SS
- Mike Montgomery, P
As expected and discussed earlier this morning, Kris Bryant is sitting for tonight’s game against the Reds, after taking a pitch off his hand in the ninth inning of yesterday’s contest. Taking his place on the field is left-hander Tommy La Stella, and taking his place in the lineup is Ben Zobrist.
With the righty Asher Wojciecasdalksjfhowski, who has pretty significant lefty/righty splits, on the mound for the Reds tonight an extra lefty doesn’t hurt … but it does make things weird. Trace your finger down the lineup and you’ll find just one right-handed batter, Javy Baez, in the order, and he doesn’t hit until the eighth spot.
That’s pretty crazy to see, but when you realize that Asher has allowed a .409 wOBA against left-handers for his career, you’ll understand why Joe Maddon is going with this group.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:10 CT).