As we get an early look at two teams who are going to likely be battling until September, the Chicago Cubs are trying to get some momentum on the road with a win in the third game of a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs are currently without All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, so their task has been made a bit tougher. Manager Joe Maddon is trying to put his best foot forward in efforts to get a crucial win with the guys he has.
With Rizzo out, he has made some changes.
The first big change starts with the leadoff hitter. Ian Happ will get the start in center field after being out of the lineup yesterday. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber will retain their positions in the lineup. Willson Contreras will also go back to the cleanup spot and get the start at catcher.
With Addison Russell out of the lineup, Javy Baez will move to shortstop giving the second base start to Tommy La Stella, who will be hitting in the five-hole.
Victor Caratini will fill in for Rizzo at first, and Jason Heyward hopes to produce some off after an 0-for-4 showing on Friday.
Yu Darvish will be out for his second start hoping to bounce back after a rocky first outing.