Joe Maddon posted the Cubs lineup for the middle game of the series with the Pirates. And Javier Baez is leading off against right-hander Chad Kuhl for Tuesday night’s game (7:05pm CDT).
Javier Baez is coming off a four-hit night against the Bucs that included a double and his first career triple.
Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist are getting the day off. Jorge Soler is hitting clean-up behind Rizzo.
Cubs batting order: Javier Baez 2B, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Jorge Soler LF, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Matt Szczur CF, Kyle Hendricks P
Chad Kuhl has had more success in the big leagues against right-handers than left-handers. Lefties are batting .271/.330/.471 against him in eight games with 10 extra basehits (six doubles, one triple, three home runs) and a .800 OPS. Right-handers have a .628 OPS with nine extra basehits (six doubles, two home runs) and a .218/.256/.372 slash line.
Maddon will begin the game with Willson Contreras, David Ross, Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist on his bench.
What is unknown at this time is how many relievers will be available to Joe Maddon out of the bullpen tonight after Monday’s 13-inning win over the Pirates.