The Cubs get a chance to win this four-game series today against the Phillies – even against a rebuilding club, winning three of four is always a very good thing.
Here’s the Cubs’ lineup against the Phillies:
- Jon Jay, LF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Miguel Montero, C
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Javy Baez, 2B
- John Lackey, P
- Matt Szczur, RF
At long last, Kyle Schwarber gets a day off, his first since April 19.
I wouldn’t say I’ve felt like criticizing the decision to play him nearly every day so far this year, but I would definitely say it has surprised me. Regulars like to play regularly, and Schwarber has been, by all accounts, very healthy. So, you know, I get it. It’s just that, coming into the year, and coming off such a major knee injury – and only just this year returning to the outfield after not being cleared to play out there until the spring – I really expected more consistent days off. Then, when Schwarber started slumping, I expected that next off-day to come much more quickly than it did – not as a consequence, but just as an opportunity to give him a blow and clear his mind. It took longer than I expected, but here it is today. Hopefully the Cubs are no worse for the wear, and Schwarber is ready for a pinch hit opportunity.
Schwarber’s not the only regular getting the day off, as Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist also sit after the night game. Willson Contreras also sits down, even after not starting last night. He did catch the last few innings, though, after his dramatic entry into the game.
As usual, we’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time (1:20pm CT). In the meantime, check out the Bullets that just dropped, including so many Cubs players *not* ranked in the top 100.