#Cubs lineup vs Rangers

Jason Hammel gets the start on Saturday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs face the Rangers in the second game of their Interleague series. Here’s the lineup:

La Stella 3B

Bryant RF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Contreras LF

Heyward CF

Russell SS

Montero C

Hammel P



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Hey, this looks easy. Let’s pretend the Mets, the Nationals and the Giants don’t exist and play these guys straight away in the World Series. Seriously, though, a promising second-half start. Clutch hitting, solid pitching. Go, Cubs, go!

Aloha Bruce, Hammel needed to come thru with a big time performance and he did. I spoke how the batters would have to be patient with Darvish and they were; though he was tough at the beginning of the game, still working back from his injury. The bp held up and Matt Szczur again comes through with a big knock when they needed it. Hope your recovery is going well! Mahalo!

k.g., Thank you for asking. Stitches out. I’m walking around. Biopsy results in a couple of weeks. You asked about hospitals here. So, now, if Carrie will permit, some non-baseball stuff, especially for Cubs fans thinking about coming to Brazil for the Olympics. Private hospitals here are first rate. (You do NOT want to get swept into Brazil’s well intentioned but overburdened public health system.) Ignore the Zica scare. It’s winter now. The mosquitoes are sleeping. Medicare “A” does not cover you outside the United States, so make sure your private health insurance will. Hospitals in Brazil accept credit cards. Most doctors don’t. So unless you bring a wad of cash, if you fall ill here, you might want to get on the next plane home. Also, if you have a serious medical issue here and don’t speak Portuguese — or, in an emergency, Spanish maybe — you’ll have problems. Most Brazilians don’t speak English, and certainly not enough to talk to you about your symptoms. And finally, as I write this, workers still are blasting away at Line 4 of the subway-surface metro system, which actually will take you close to the main site of the Games. It was supposed to be finished by now. So, Cubs fans, aproveitem! (That means “Enjoy!”)

Aloha Bruce, thank you for that insightful explanation about your area hospitals! I hope the best for you and the results you are waiting for. Today was not the result we had hoped for but there is always tomorrow. Take care now. Mahalo!

Aloha again Bruce- forgot to mention, you notice how the team does when it is a more set lineup? I would love to see Bryant back at 3rd on a regular basis and have seen how Addison has responded when he knows Zobrist is to his left. Continuity, works well. They played well today and good move by Maddon late to bring in Almora so that Heyward could go back to RF, as he made some nice plays in the 9th to preserve the win. Looking forward to Fowler getting back soon so that Bryant-Russell-Zobrist-Rizzo is the norm around the “horn” as they say! Also gives your starting pitcher confidence such that he knows those around him have his back! Let us hope that Lackey can make it 3 quality starts in a row for Cubs pitchers starting this second half! Take care now. Mahalo!

The Cubs are fortunate they will not face Jacob deGrom in this series. He`s the Mets` best starter these days, and pitched a gem versus the Phils yesterday. Tuesday`s opponent, Thor, is not shabby either. It`s all about pitching, folks. We won Friday`s and Saturday`s games versus Texas because we had the best starters, and lost Sunday because the Rangers had the better starter. If Lester pitches tonight the way he pitched his last two outings, we`ll lose. I can guarantee it. If instead, Jon pitches the way he did June 6 in Philadelphia, we`ll win. It`s not complicated. Mark Zagunis is `tearing it up` in the minors, as is Ian Happ. Saw Zagunis play in Myrtle Beach in 2015. Nothing he did in that game was memorable, but I have no doubt Mark will be worthy of playing at the major league level one day, as will Happ. They are just two examples of a loaded Cubs` farm system. Where are all these guys going to fit? I`m pretty sure the Cubs are going to be permitted to place just nine guys on the field at a time, and do not think that`s going to change.

Aloha jhosk, yes it is about the pitching, Lester needs to be on, no balls leaving the yard. The Mets Matz is a very good pitcher. Wonder if Ross starts today since he was taken off of the dl and can the infield be Kris-Addison-Ben-Anthony? I know Jon would love that! Neat you saw some of the young players and yes, the organization cannot keep them all. Deadline coming up, will be interesting to see how it plays out. Take care now. Mahalo!

Yes, k.g. Matz committed to attend Coastal Carolina and play baseball for the Chanticleers in 2009 when the Mets signed him to a contract 10 minutes before the August 15 deadline. Matz had made plane reservations for the next day to attend orientation at the Conway, S.C. school. Also, the man who was the only player selected before Kris Bryant in the 2013 MLB draft, pitcher Mark Appel, was shut down for the rest of the season by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs due to surgery for a bone spur on his elbow. As you and the fans may know, Houston`s No.1 pick in that season`s draft has never lived up to expectations, and has an ERA of 5.04 across his disappointing minor league career, and is property of the Phillies these days. {It`s interesting to ask, had the Cubs the first pick in that draft, would they have chosen Appel rather than Bryant? I suggest this is an example of a time when a team was better served going second, rather than first.} As I type, Lester is in control and the Cubs lead 4-1, but the game is not complete. How will the bullpen perform? I liked Rossy`s sac fly to score Szczur. That ab in which Rizzo homered was at least an 11 pitch ab.

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