The Cubs and Pirates square off Tuesday night (6:05pm CDT) in game two of four at PNC Park. John Lackey is on the mound against veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Maddon set his lineups for the four-game series on the plane from Chicago to Pittsburgh and he is sticking to the plan to give his regulars another break during the four games at PNC Park. Bryant, Russell and Heyward get the breather tonight. Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist are back in the starting nine.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Chris Coghlan RF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Miguel Montero C, Tommy La Stella 3B, Javier Baez SS, Munenori Kawasaki 2B, John Lackey P
Maddon is going with an outfield of Fowler, Zobrist (LF) and Chris Coghlan (RF). Tommy La Stella is at third and Munenori Kawasaki gets another start at second base.
Miguel Montero is catching John Lackey as expected.
Maddon put together a lineup that sticks to the team’s plan and puts the Cubs in the best position to win the game.
Right-handers have a .741 OPS (11 doubles, three triples, five home runs) against Ryan Vogelsong this season with a .234/.305/.437 slash line. Left-handers are hitting .294/.391/.538 with a .929 OPS (seven doubles, two triples, six home runs) against him.
The Cubs bench will consist of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras, David Ross, Tim Federowicz, Matt Szczur, Albert Almora Jr. and Jorge Soler.