The National League Championship Series starts tonight (7:08pm CDT) at Wrigley Field with Jon Lester on the hill against Dodgers’ right-hander Kenta Maeda. And Joe Maddon is using his regular Lester Lineup in Game 1.
Maddon is going with an outfield of Ben Zobrist (LF), Dexter Fowler (CF) and Jason Heyward (RF) in what should be a windy night at Wrigley.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, David Ross C, Jon Lester P
Maddon hinted Friday at having an extra left-handed bat in his lineup against Kenta Maeda but decided against it.
Right-handers have hit .213/.257/.323 with .580 OPS (seven doubles, one triple, 10 home runs) against Maeda this season. Left-handers have a .730 OPS with 25 extra basehits (14 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs) while batting .247/.328/.401 this season.
Kenta Maeda allowed a .728 OPS during regular season when pitching on four days rest, compared to a .586 OPS when pitching on five days rest. Maeda is starting Game 1 on four days rest.
The Cubs will have Miguel Montero, Willson Contreras, Chris Coghlan, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora Jr. on the bench for the start of the game.