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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Happ in Center, Russell Batting Eighth as Lester and Cueto Reprise NLDS Matchup

Surprise, Ian Happ is back in the lineup after getting a partial day off. Despite Joe Maddon’s desire to give Albert Almora Jr. more time, Happ just can’t be left out at this point. Ben Zobrist is swinging just as hot a bat lately and he’ll be right back at the top of the order, followed by Kyle Schwarber.

From there you’ve got Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Ian Happ, with Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras, and Addison Russell rounding things out. It’s perhaps a little surprising to see Javy Baez on the bench, particularly given his recent history against the Giants in general and tonight’s starter in particular.

Johnny Cueto has fared reasonably well against the Cubs over the course of 24 starts (150.0 IP), going 9-8 with a 3.24 ERA and holding them to a .693 OPS. Maybe that’s because his junkball repertoire and shifting delivery make him frustrating to watch as an opposing fan, but I’d actually thought he had dominated the Cubs over the last decade.

In fact, Cueto has looked like anything but an ace this season in general, allowing at least two earned runs in each of his starts. And his 3.91 FIP is …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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