Chicago Cubs Lineup: Soler Is Sitting, Contreras Is Catching Once Again

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Soler Is Sitting, Contreras Is Catching Once Again

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The Chicago Cubs took game one against the Padres late last night, and they’ll try to clinch the three-game series with a win tonight.

Jake Arrieta takes the bump for Chicago, and is looking to bounce back from a rough start last time out.

Here’s his support:

Chicago Cubs Lineup v. San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich):

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, LF
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Javy Baez, 2B
  8. Willson Contreras, C
  9. Jake Arrieta, P

There aren’t many surprises in the lineup above, now that we know Willson Contreras could be regularly catching Jake Arrieta down the stretch, although there is one notable absence: Jorge Soler.

Soler sits once again, only this time it comes against a lefty. If he’s not going to get into a game where Contreras is catching (and thus not in left field) and a lefty (Christian Friedrich) is starting opposite the Cubs, I’m a little concerned about that foul ball he took off the knee this weekend. It’s a bit of a bummer, especially considering Friedrich’s career splits, but, to be fair, he does have a reverse split here in 2016. Hopefully Soler is back to 100% soon enough (and/or he already is, and this was just a pure lineup decision).

We’ll have a full Pre-Gamin’ for you closer to game time.

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Author: Michael Cerami

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