If the weather cooperates, the Cubs begin a four-game series at PNC Park on Monday night (6:05pm CDT) against the Pirates. It’s Kyle Hendricks on the hill opposing RHP Chad Kuhl. And Joe Maddon is giving a couple of his regulars the day off.
Chris Coghlan is leading off and playing left field. Albert Almora Jr. is in center field. Javier Baez is starting at second base and Maddon has Willson Contreras behind the plate.
Maddon is going with an outfield of Coghlan (LF), Almora Jr. (CF) and Jason Heyward (RF).
Cubs batting order: Chris Coghlan LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr. CF, Javier Baez 2B, Kyle Hendricks P
Right-handers have not done much against Chad Kuhl this season in the majors. Righties are hitting only .211/.271/.350 with a .620 OPS (11 doubles, two triples). Lefties have a .814 OPS (eight doubles, one triple and four home runs) against Kohl while batting .279/.336/.477.
Joe Maddon’s bench will consist of Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist, David Ross, Miguel Montero, Tommy La Stella, Munenori Kawasaki, Matt Szczur, Jorge Soler and Tim Federowicz at game time.