Later tonight, the Chicago Cubs will kick off a three-game series against the Phillies, with Philly’s deadline acquisition, Kyle Gibson, on the mound in opposition. Once upon a time, Gibson was a theoretical target for the Cubs, who were still aiming to contend at the time, but that was many, MANY moons ago. Here’s how David Ross will attack Gibson and the Phillies tonight.
Chicago Cubs Lineup:
1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Frank Schwindel, 1B
3. Ian Happ, LF
4. Willson Contreras, C
5. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
6. Alfonso Rivas, RF
7. David Bote, 2B
8. Sergio Alcantara, SS
9. Adrian Sampson, P
The early season shine for Gibson has worn off a bit.
After earning a 2.87 ERA through 19 starts (113 IP) for the Rangers before the trade, he’s pitched down to a 4.60 ERA through 7 starts with the Phillies. Left-handed hitters have been the biggest issue during his time with the Phillies (.294/.349/.479), as righties have continued struggle mightily (.197/.292/.213).
He also has some interesting splits as he makes his way through the batting order (remember, these are all small sample sizes during his time with the Phillies).
1st time through: .339 wOBA, 5.06 ERA
2nd time through: .253 wOBA, 1.53 ERA
3rd time through: .363 wOBA, 8.76 ERA
So … get to him early … or get to him late … but don’t expect to get much once he gets rolling and feels good in the middle of the game? I don’t think any of that means much at all, but it was just interesting enough to share.
As for the lineup, with Jason Heyward moving to the injured list (and Michael Hermosillo done for the year) Alfonso Rivas is getting another crack at the outfield, this time in right. This is the first baseman’s fifth start in the outfield this season, but first in right field. With Frank Schwindel cruising, Rivas needs to remain (positionally) flexible. So far, so good.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (6:05 CT).