This probably isn’t your typical Cubs lineup for a rubber game against your toughest division opponent, but such is life. Ben Zobrist will be leading off at second, Jason Heyward follows in right, and Tommy La Stella bats and plays third.
Anthony Rizzo cleans up, Ian Happ plays center, Kyle Schwarber is in left, and Javy Baez will be at short. Rounding things out is Chris Gimenez, who caught Yu Darvish’s ballyhooed bullpen yesterday.
It’s a little disappointing to see Bryant out of the lineup, but perhaps it’s a mental break for him. The former MVP is in something of a mini-slump and he recently expressed frustration with his performance of late. Besides, this matchup is a good one for him to miss.
I had been pretty skeptical about Mike Montgomery’s ability to produce in a starting role, but he’s cooked up some mighty fine crow for me to eat over his last three outings. The lefty has allowed only two runs across 17.2 innings and has walked only two batters during that time. He’s been efficient and has given some much-needed rest to the bullpen he was formerly a part of.
Monty isn’t missing many bats and has tallied only …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider