Weather permitting … The Cubs and Pirates square off for the last time on the season tonight (6:05pm CDT). It’s a bullpen day for the Cubs with lefty Rob Zastryzny getting the start. The Pirates are sending RHP Ivan Nova to the hill. And Joe Maddon is sticking with the team’s plan to rest the regulars during the series with the Pirates.
Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward all get the night off.
Addison Russell is starting at shortstop and batting third. Javier Baez is at first base. Willson Contreras is starting, but he’s in left field and hitting clean-up.
Chris Coghlan is not in the starting lineup. The Cubs have not updated his status yet after leaving Wednesday’s game with a mild left ankle sprain.
Jorge Soler is back with the team. Soler is not available. Soler will work out under the supervision of team trainers. The Cubs are targeting a Friday return for Soler.
Cubs batting order: Tommy La Stella 3B, Albert Almora Jr. CF, Addison Russell SS, Willson Contreras LF, Javier Baez 1B, Matt Szczur RF, Tim Federowicz C, Munenori Kawasaki 2B, Rob Zastryzny P
Tim Federowicz is making his first start of the month.
Joe Maddon will have a lot of very good options on his bench if he decides to use them. Along with a majority of his regular lineup, David Ross and Miguel Montero are also available.