#Cubs lineup vs Reds

Kyle Hendricks will start Saturday night when the Cubs face the Reds in the third game of their four-game series at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Coghlan LF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Baxter RF

Hendricks P

Russell 2B

* Kris Bryant is 17-for-59 (.288) batting fourth this season.

* The Cubs have won three of Hendricks’ last four starts. He’s 2-1, 2.33 ERA in that span. The right-hander made his big league debut vs. the Reds last July 10, giving up four runs over six innings, and getting a no-decision
in a 6-4 Cubs win in 12 innings.

* Chris Coghlan is 9-for-11 with three doubles and two homers lifetime vs. Leake.


I’d like to see us establish a consistent lineup so guys could settle into a routine & really get used to each other. The number 2 position has been tough to fill. Hopefully Coghlan will put the bat on the ball & think contact, moving runners over, taking pitches so Fowler can steal a base, etc.

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Hendricks is in a groove, hope it continues. That could really set the table for Rizzo and Bryant. Go Cubs!

Aloha Tom, yes he really is and I was upset that the rain stopped him as he was just dominating the Reds. Then the long delay so you know he was not going to come back in and then they tie it when play resumed. Just glad they were able to pull it out. Hope the weather holds up tomorrow and they can end this series on a high note! Mahalo!

Aloha k.g. It looks as if Starlin is emerging from his slump. Nice effort from Hendricks as y`all have suggested. Did you follow yesterday`s results in Omaha? Florida looks formidable, but I`ve heard it said “good pitching will stop good hitting.” Montero`s another player whose bat has awakened from its slumber. Is unfortunate tonight`s game coincides with the NBA playoff contest timewise.

One more thing about yesterday in Omaha. Andrew Benintendi went deep for his 20th home run of the season. That total led all Division 1 college baseball players. I mention this because it makes what Kris Bryant accomplished just two seasons ago at the U. of San Diego that more remarkable. Didn`t Kris hit 31 dingers his final college season before being drafted in June of that year by the Cubs? And keep in mind the baseball has deliberately been made `livelier` this season to assist the offenses. Bryant accomplished his feat during the college `dead ball` era.

It does seem like all of baseball seems to be “livelier” this year. And with the Cubs being in the race so far has made for a good year. With a win today we go to 7 over 500 for the first time this year!

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