For the first time on the young season, Joe Maddon has chosen to hit his pitcher in the nine spot. Other than that, things look pretty much status quo.
Well, I suppose Jason Heyward batting seventh is a little bit of a surprise, particularly given how well he’s been hitting the ball. But a continuation of that form means an even more potent lower third of the order.
The quartet of Schwarbryzzobrist heads the order once again, with Addison Russell and Willson Contreras filling in behind. Javy Baez starts at second with Ben Zobrist in right, a configuration that’s becoming more standard all the time.
Though the Cubs are facing a lefty in Alex Wood, I’m expecting Anthony Rizzo to get ahold of one. Same for Kris Bryant, who is 7-for-12 since starting the season 0-for-14. After really grinding for hits the last couple days, KB is going to give the home crowd something to really celebrate.
First pitch is 7:05 CT, but be sure to tune in to ESPN around 6:15 to catch the raising of the World Series banner. Tears will flow, I can guarantee you.
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