Chicago Cubs Lineup: Lucroy Behind the Plate, Almora Leading Off

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Lucroy Behind the Plate, Almora Leading Off

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Kyle Hendricks is taking the mound for the Cubs this evening, with Sonny Gray standing opposite him for the Reds. Here’s the Cubs lineup for Game 3 in Cincinnati.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Nicholas Castellanos, RF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Javy Baez, SS
  6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  7. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  8. David Bote, 2B
  9. Kyle Hendricks, P

Against the righty, Gray, tonight, Joe Maddon has tapped Albert Almora Jr. for center field and to give Jason Heyward a breather. David Bote has also rejoined the starting lineup to give Ian Happ a day off after finally hitting a wall offensively last night (0-4, 2Ks). It had to happen eventually.

Both Almora (3-7 with a homer against Gray) and (Bote 0-4, 1K) are right-handed, but Gray has reverse splits both this season and for his career.

Beyond that, Jonathan Lucroy is starting behind the plate instead of Victor Caratini and is 2-5 with a walk against Gray for his career. Nicholas Castellanos remains in the starting lineup, as well, and has done damage against Gray in the past (3-6, 2B, 3B, 2BB, K).

As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (6:10 CT).

Author: Michael Cerami

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