#Cubs Ross to start vs lefty in NLCS Game 4
The Cubs face elimination with a loss to the Mets on Wednesday in the National League Championship Series, and manager Joe Maddon made some minor tweaks to the lineup, starting right-handed hitting David Ross at catcher and moving Javier Baez up to seventh.
The Mets lead the best of seven NLCS, 3-0, and can earn a trip to the World Series with a win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will face lefty Steven Matz, which could be good. In the postseason so far, Chicago batters were hitting .276 against left-handed pitching. Ross batted .176 this season, and .156 against left-handed pitchers. Miguel Montero, who batted .248 in the regular season, hit .234 against lefties and .250 against right-handers. Montero was 2-for-20 in the postseason so far, and 1-for-7 in the LCS.
The Cubs need to generate some offense. They are hitless in 25 at-bats leading off an inning. Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-10 and Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber were both 2-for-11 in the three LCS games so far. Soler was 2-for-8 with one home run. Schwarber has five playoff homers so far, and is one shy of tying the Rays’ Evan Longoria for the most postseason blasts by a rookie. Longoria hit six in 2008.
The Cubs have scored 16 runs at Wrigley Field in the postseason, 15 of which have come via the home run. The only run the Cubs have scored at home in the playoffs came on Hammel’s RBI single in the Division Series.
Here’s the lineup:
— Carrie Muskat