Maybe THIS will be the road series the Cubs finally win. Here’s the lineup for Game 1 in Philadelphia.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Nicholas Castellanos, LF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Javy Baez, SS
- Jonathan Lucroy, C
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Ian Happ, 2B
- Jose Quintana, P
With a lefty, Jason Vargas, on the mound for the Phillies tonight, Joe Maddon is sticking Albert Almora Jr. in center field, per usual, while rolling with Jonathan Lucroy behind the plate, instead of Victor Caratini.
LHH v. Vargas: .250/.327/.443 (.326 woBA)
RHH v. Vargas: .224/.302/.391 (.294 wOBA)
Lucroy actually has pretty significant reverse splits this season, himself, but that’s not the case for his career. Moreover, with a righty on the mound tomorrow and Yu Darvish throwing on Wednesday, we’ll probably see plenty of Victor Caratini this week anyway.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (6:05 CT).