After a strange couple days in Chicago, the Cubs head back to Washington to face the Nats in a do-or-die Game 5 to determine who gets to make a cross-country flight to LA. The Cubs’ offense has been stagnant in the previous four games, even in wins, so Joe Maddon is looking to spark some things tonight.
And in what comes as a shock, Ben Zobrist will not be part of that spark. Jon Jay leads off in left, followed by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Willson Contreras. Lefty-killing Albert Almora Jr. is in center, Addison Russell, is at short, and Jason Heyward completes the outfield.
Javy Baez will be playing second and batting eighth, solidifying the defense and giving a chance for some El Mago fireworks. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see things shift once the Nats go with a righty pitcher, but I like how things are starting out.
Kyle Hendricks has been excellent since coming back from finger tendinitis and his Game 1 effort in Washington was no exception. Hendricks went toe-to-toe with Stephen Strasburg, eventually leading the Cubs to a 3-0 win. He may not be quite as dominant as he was last week, but a repeat …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider