Chicago Cubs Lineup: Bryant at First, Descalso Back in the Starting Lineup

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Bryant at First, Descalso Back in the Starting Lineup

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Happy Mother’s Day! Also, happy rubber match against the Brewers. Here’s the Cubs lineup for tonight’s finale at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Jason Heyward, RF
  2. Kris Bryant, 1B
  3. Javy Baez, SS
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. David Bote, 3B
  7. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  8. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  9. Jon Lester, P

Okay, so there are a few notable bits here. The first and most obvious thing is the absence of Anthony Rizzo. Although Rizzo has basically taken no days off this year, I can’t really imagine Joe Maddon planning on today as the scheduled day off (against the Brewers at home). And now that it’s a rubber match and a mini-battle for first place, a last-minute breather feels wrong, too. The Cubs did play a long, cold, 15-inning game yesterday and Rizzo has dealt with back issues early in each of the last few seasons, but at this point I’m just speculating. I guess I hope it’s just a scheduled day off, but I also hate that idea given how important this game is (for May).

UPDATE: It is, indeed, his back:

By contrast, can you believe Willson Contreras is in there again? I both can totally believe it and think it’s nuts. He caught 15 innings yesterday and took 7 plate appearances, but here he is: right back in the starting lineup. He’s an animal. He’s also very good and his presence helps mitigate against the day off for Rizzo.

In Rizzo’s place at first, you’ll find Kris Bryant, who vacates third in favor of David Bote. And that brings us to the final big point of interest: Daniel Descalso’s (ankle) return to the starting lineup. Descalso has appeared in a pinch over the last week or so, but hasn’t been in the starting lineup for a while. It’s good to see him back.

And as usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:05 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami