Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86 ERA) will be looking to get the Chicago Cubs (44-20) back on track as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-33), a team they’ve utterly dominated so far this year winning five of six games.
Kris Bryant gets a rare day off today. Javier Baez will start at third base in place of Bryant. What a powerful weapon off the bench for the Cubs tonight.
Matt Szczur will man left field and Albert Almora will be in right field for Jason Heyward, who also has the day off. I have to say, I absolutely love what Almora brings to this team and I sure hope Joe finds a way to keep him on the big league roster.
Friday 6/17 1:20pm ABC 7, MLBN (out-of-market only)
Jake Arrieta (R)
vs. Pirates – Francisco Liriano (L)
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Matt Szczur (R) LF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Albert Almora Jr. (R) RF
6. Javier Baez (R) 3B
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Miguel Montero (L) C
9. Jake Arrieta (R) P