The Cubs offense exploded for 13 runs yesterday, so obviously they’re entirely fixed and will score roughly that amount every single night. #Baseball.
Here’s David Ross’ lineup for the Cubs fifth rubber match of the season (out of five series).
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
1. Ian Happ, CF
2. Willson Contreras, C
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Joc Pederson, LF
6. Javy Baez, SS
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. David Bote, 2B
9. Kyle Hendricks, P
The Cubs don’t have a ton of experience against today’s Braves starter, Bryse Wilson (no one does (he’s got fewer than 50 big league innings)). But, hey, Anthony Rizzo is 2-2 with a double and a walk in their limited history together, so maybe he can keep the good times from yesterday (3-4, 3B) rolling through the afternoon.
And it doesn’t hurt that he’s left-handed:
Bryse Wilson’s Splits:
v. LHH: .343/.452/.600 (.438 wOBA)
v. RHH: .280/.354/.510 (.358 wOBA)
The Cubs could’ve snuck another left-handed bat in there with Eric Sogard at second base, but David Bote went 2-4 with a homer, a double, and 4 RBI yesterday, so I think it’s probably wise to let him eat while the eating’s good.