Well … the Cubs are ripping up their plans today and rolling with what they’ve got. To begin, Tyler Chatwood is staring in place of Yu Darvish, who’s dealing with some forearm tightness.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
- Javy Baez, SS
- Nicholas Castellanos, RF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Victor Caratini, 1B
- Jonathan Lucroy, C
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Addison Russell, 2B
- Ian Happ, LF
- Tyler Chatwood, P
Well … those are certainly all Cubs players.
First thing’s first: you might have noticed the absence of Anthony Rizzo, who only just returned from an injury yesterday, but you do not need to freak out that he re-injured his back.
According to Jesse Rogers, the Cubs were always planning to give Rizzo one day off today, immediately after returning yesterday, just to be safe. The fact that it came on the same day as the Darvish news is just a frustrating coincidence.
The lineup also looks weird because Jason Heyward isn’t in it, but that’s probably not unrelated to his 8-43 (.448 OPS) track record against Gio Gonzalez, who’s on the bump for the Brewers this afternoon.
So in his place atop the lineup, you’ll now find Javy Baez, who’s 2-13 with SEVEN (7!) strikeouts against Gonzalez for his career, but hey … whatever, I guess. It’s that kind of day.
Victor Caratini is backing up Rizzo at first, which means Jonathan Lucroy is catching Chatwood. Albert Almora Jr. is back and playing center field, and Ian Happ has taken over for Schwarber in right. Clearly the plan was to get as many lefties out of the lineup, and given the splits, that was the right call:
LHH v. Gonzalez: .145/.217/.236
RHH v. Gonzalez: .278/.357/.503
Good luck, righties, and we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (1:20 CT).