3/28 Cubs lineup vs Indians
Jeff Samardzija has a big start on Wednesday against the Indians. The right-hander is coming off a tough outing in which he gave up seven runs on 10 hits to the Rockies. Dale Sveum said he wants to see Samardzija show command of his pitches and keep the ball down. Rodrigo Lopez faced the Indians on Sunday and did a good job of changing speeds.
“He’s got to be able to use [off-speed pitches] in all situations,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “He learned a little bit of a lesson the last time out. You don’t overpower people in the big leagues unless you have a swing and miss fastball. He needs to use his movement, he needs to pitch inside, he needs to throttle bats. That’s what good pitchers do.”
Here’s the lineup for Wednesday’s game:
— Carrie Muskat