The Cubs lost game three of their four-game set against the Pirates last night, but have a chance to win the series again tonight.
Here are the players that will help in that cause.
Chicago Cubs Lineup v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Ivan Nova):
- Tommy La Stella, 3B
- Albert Almora JR., CF
- Addison Russell, SS
- Wilson Contreras, LF
- Javy Baez, 1B
- Matt Szczur, RF
- Tim Federowicz, C
- Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
- Rob Zastryzny, P
The Cubs are clearly going with an “other guys,” vibe for the series finale in Pittsburgh, with only Addison Russell representing the true everyday players (although Willson Contreras and Javy Baez obviously get in there quite a bit too).
That means that Albert Almora gets to show off his defense in center field, Matt Szczur gets to make a final case for the post season roster, and Tommy La Stella gets a shot at leading off. It’s probably not accurate to say that this game will change the post season roster decisions too heavily at this point, but it is still probably a non-zero consideration. So, play hard!
We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.