Chicago Cubs Lineup: Zo Leads Off, Kris Bryant Returns to Lay Siege to Romano Empire

As with previous injury scares, Kris Bryant has bounced back quickly. He took a Drew Storen fastball off the hand late in the first game of the series but is right back in the lineup for the finale. He’ll bat behind Ben Zobrist, who’s hitting leadoff for only the third time in 12 starts, and Kyle Schwarber.

Anthony Rizzo cleans up while Ian Happ bats fifth and mans center. Javy Baez moves up to the sixth spot in the order with Jason Heyward, who is on a bit of a singles tear, batting seventh and playing right. New acquisition Rene Rivera will catch and bat eighth.

Jake Arrieta has been rull, rull good since July, posting a 2.03 ERA (3.64 FIP) with 48 strikeouts and 16 walks over 57.2 innings. Some of the disparity in the ERA and FIP numbers can be attributed to him allowing more balls to be put in play, but it’s how he’s giving up that contact that has been key.

While Arrieta is striking out nearly two fewer batters per nine innings than he was through June, he’s walking fewer as well. He’s also generating way more ground balls and hard contact, which has led to a drastic …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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