The Cubs couldn’t pull it off in the ninth inning yesterday (thanks to a good decision and some seriously bad luck), but they’ll try again tonight.
Here’s the lineup they’ll do it with.
Chicago Cubs Lineup vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright):
- Chris Coghlan, LF
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Wilson Contreras, C
- Addison Russell, SS
- Albert Almora, CF
- Jason Hammel, P
Well, we knew we’d see more of Willson Contreras, and here he is drawing his second consecutive start of the season. It’s a good bet that he’ll get a healthy portion of the non-Arrieta/Lester starts, so this may just be the beginning. Given how good he looked yesterday (and how exciting he is in general), that’s fine by me.
Albert Almora Jr. draws another start in center field, due to Dexter Fowler’s absence, and he too might so more playing time – over the next few weeks, at least – than we may have otherwise expected (given the options in center field). Although, like Contreras, I don’t suspect we’ll hear many complaints.
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time.