Albert Almora Jr. leads off in center, Jason Heyward is in right, and legit MVP candidate Ednel Javier Baez once again bats third and plays second. With Anthony Rizzo anchoring things in the cleanup spot, we’re seeing the makings of a lineup that has really solidified for the first time in long time. Of course, that comes at least in part from Kris Bryant’s continued absence.
Willson Contreras is back behind the plate batting fifth, Kyle Schwarber hits sixth in left, Ian Happ fills in at third base, and Addison Russell mans short. This gives the Cubs four lefty batters and may help to neutralize Luis Castillo’s slider, a pitch that baffled the Cubs earlier in the season.
Jon Lester is on the mound, need I say more? The ace has gone at least five innings in 16 starts, all but his first time out in Miami, and he’s held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in each of his last six and 11 of his last 12 starts. Another effort like that should see the Cubs notching another series win and answering some of the questions about why it’s so difficult for them to beat the Reds.
As mentioned, Castillo will …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider