The Cubs posted the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies. As expected, Anthony Rizzo is back at first base and Jason Heyward is starting in right field.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Jason Heyward RF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Jorge Soler LF, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS, Kyle Hendricks P
Kyle Hendricks gets the ball today. And the Cubs’ fifth starter has more than done his job at Wrigley this season. Hendricks is 1-1 in four starts with a 2.28 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.
Jerad Eickhoff is having a good season but he struggles against left-handed bats and on the road.
Lefties are hitting .305/.336/.508 against Eickhoff this season with a .844 OPS. Eickhoff has held right-handers in check this year (.202/.239/.405/.644). In 17 starts over two seasons in the majors, left-handers are batting .290/.333/.505 with a .838 OPS while righties have not approached the Mendoza Line (.183/.221/.319/.540).
Eickhoff has stumbled on the road this season to the tune of a 0-4 record with a 6.53 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Eickhoff likes pitching at Citizens Bank Park. Eickhoff is 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in his home park.
Maddon will begin the game with Matt Szczur, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, David Ross and Tim Federowicz on the bench.