Chicago Cubs Lineup (9/12/21): Ortega Leads Off, Rivas in LF, Steele Pitching
Apologies for the paucity of info in this one, my son has a doubleheader and time is of the essence. The simple fact of the matter for the Cubs is that they need to score more runs and allow fewer than they have in the first two games of the series.
Justin Steele has shown signs of being a very good starting pitcher, he just needs to avoid those stretches in which things seem to fall apart. A lot of that is remaining consistent with his mechanics and not being afraid to attack hitters. He’s got a very tough task ahead of him as he faces a Giants lineup populated by veteran hitters.
The Cubs will have Rafael Ortega in center, Frank Schwindel at first, Ian Happ in right, and Willson Contreras behind the plate. Alfonso Rivas is in left, Matt Duffy is at third, Sergio Alcántara is at short, and David Bote plays second.
Going for the Giants is 24-year-old Logan Webb, who has an excellent sinker and breaking ball. The latter is something between a curve and slider, so it’ll be classified differently depending on where you look. What matter is that it’s a really good pitch.
Webb isn’t a big strikeout pitcher, but he doesn’t walk many and he gets a ton of grounders. A 61% groundball rate is huge and could end up being what dooms the Cubs.
First pitch is at 1:20pm CT on Marquee and 670 The Score.
Here is today's #Cubs starting lineup. pic.twitter.com/XZTR3b5Ffu
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