The Cubs and Pirates square off for the last time in the regular season at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night (7:05pm CDT). The Cubs have already won the series by taking the first two games. The Cubs look to complete the sweep with Jason Hammel on the hill opposing veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
The Cubs recalled Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. La Stella is starting at second base and batting seventh. Ben Zobrist is not starting for the second day in a row. Zobrist pinch-hit for Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday night and is just getting a small breather.
Dexter Fowler is back in the lineup, leading off and playing center field. Jorge Soler is hitting cleanup. And Joe Maddon is going with an infield of Rizzo, La Stella, Russell and Bryant.
Willson Contreras, as expected, is catching Hammel.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Jorge Soler LF, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Tommy La Stella 2B, Willson Contreras C, Jason Hammel P
The last day before the Cubs roster expands, Joe Maddon will begin the game with Miguel Montero, David Ross, Javier Baez, Ben Zobrist and Matt Szczur on his bench.
Left-handers have put up big numbers against Ryan Vogelsong this season compared to right-handers. Lefties have a .865 OPS with six doubles, and three home runs. Lefties have hit .294/.394/.471 while righties have hit only .184/.250/.359 against Vogelsong with a .609 OPS (seven doubles, one triple, three home runs).