The Cubs wrap up the three-game series with the A’s this afternoon (3:05pm CDT). Kyle Hendricks gets the start and will oppose rookie left-hander Sean Manaea. As expected, Joe Maddon has loaded his lineup with eight right-handed bats and Anthony Rizzo.
Willson Contreras is catching Kyle Hendricks today. The Cubs double-play combination is Addison Russell and Javier Baez. Kris Bryant is starting the game in the dirt at third base. Ben Zobrist is playing right field with Jason Heyward getting the day off.
Jorge Soler is the Cubs’ DH for the third straight game.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist RF, Addison Russell SS, Jorge Soler DH, Willson Contreras C, Javier Baez 2B, Matt Szczur LF … and Kyle Hendricks P
Right-handers have torched Sean Manaea in the big leagues this season. Righties have a .825 OPS this season with 32 extra basehits (19 doubles, one triples, 12 home runs) against him in 16 games, 15 starts, while hitting .293/.335/.490. Lefties have a .533 OPS with four extra basehits and a .182/.237/.296 slash line.
Joe Maddon will begin the game with Miguel Montero, David Ross, Chris Coghlan and Jason Heyward on his bench.