Other than suffering through the tired tropes of the national broadcast, watching the Cubs playing Sunday Night Baseball is a treat. It’s even more so when they’re facing the Cardinals, a matchup that’s ratcheted up a notch with Jose Quintana making his home debut for the Cubs. If he pitches anything like what we saw in Baltimore…woo, buddy.
Jason Heyward will get things started for the Cubs with Ben Zobrist sitting, perhaps to give that left wrist a rest. Zo is only batting .182 (2-for-11) against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, but Heyward is 0-for-8, so it’s not necessarily a matchup thing.
The rest of the lineup is quite standard: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Addison Russell, and Javy Baez. Look for yesterday’s heroes to come up big once again, as Bryant has a 1.118 OPS (four XBH) in 19 at-bats against Wacha while Rizzo has a 1.306 OPS (three HR) in 31 at-bats. Maybe back-to-back dingers to get things started.
Quintana pitched one of his best games ever in his Cubs debut, inducing 21 swings and misses from Orioles hitters. That was the most he’s generated in his last 73 starts (per Elias, via Buster Olney), which I …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider