Update: Matt Duffy has been scratched with right neck stiffness. In his place, the Cubs have brought Andrew Romine in off the bench to play second base. So now it’s One Romine In … and The Other Romine In Too. Everyone else moves up a spot and Romine, the second basemen, bats ninth. Regular post follows.
Matt Duffy was scratched due to right neck stiffness.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 1, 2021
The Cubs will go for a short two-game sweep over the Twins tonight, with Justin Steele on the mound for Chicago and the rookie right-hander Joe Ryan on the mound for Minnesota. Oh, and by the way, Ryan is the Twins No. 6 overall prospect. Here’s David Ross’ lineup for the finale.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Frank Schwindel, DH
3. Ian Happ, LF
4. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
5. Matt Duffy, 2B Andrew Romine, 2B
6. Jason Heyward, RF
7. Austin Romine, C
8. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
9. Sergio Alcantara, SS
The Cubs are going with a pretty similar lineup to last night’s group, with no changes from 1-6. Those players managed just 6 hits (including a double and 2 homers) plus a walk yesterday, so hopefully they do a little better tonight.
Starting at seven, Ross switched the order, moving Alfonso Rivas down a spot and swapping out Robinson Chirinos (who had a very nice game last night) for Austin Romine. And batting ninth is Sergio Alcantara who subs in for Andrew Romine.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (7:10 CT).