The Cubs have an afternoon (1:20pm CDT) game at Wrigley, weather permitting, against the Brewers. It’s John Lackey versus RHP Chase Anderson. As promised, Joe Maddon is resting his regulars and going with a B-Team lineup today.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are not in the starting lineup. Tommy La Stella is at third base and Chris Coghlan is at first base this afternoon. Javier Baez is playing shortstop with Jorge Soler in left field.
Willson Contreras is behind the plate catching John Lackey and hitting cleanup for Maddon.
Cubs batting order: Matt Szczur RF, Javier Baez SS, Jorge Soler LF, Willson Contreras C, Chris Coghlan 1B, Albert Almora Jr. CF, Tommy La Stella 3B, Munenori Kawasaki 2B, John Lackey P
Joe Maddon will begin the game with a bench of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, David Ross, Miguel Montero, Tim Federowicz, Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward … or a majority of the starting lineup of the NL All-Star team.
The 2016 National League Central Division Champions, Chicago Cubs, will celebrate the team’s first division title regardless of the outcome after Friday’s game with the Brewers.