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Lineups, News, and Notes For WC NL 2018

Tonight is the Wild Card game with the Rockies playing the Cubs in Chicago.  The pitching match up is Jon Lester for the Cubs and Kyle Freeland for the Rockies.  Jon Lester has a postseason record of 9-7 with an ERA of 255.  This is Kyle Freeland’s first appearance in the post season.

Lineups:

Rockies:

  1. Charlie Blackman CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu 2B
  3. Nolen Arenado 3B
  4. Trevor Story SS
  5. Matt Holiday LF
  6. Ian Desmond 1B
  7. David Dahl RF
  8. Chris Iannetta C
  9. Kyle Freeland P

Cubs:

  1. Ben Zobrist RF
  2. Kris Bryant LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
  4. Javier Baez SS
  5. Albert Almora CF
  6. Daniel Murphy 2B
  7. Wilson Contreras C
  8. David Bote 3B
  9. Jon Lester P

There have not been many times that Joe Maddon has not had Murphy leading off since the trade at the end of August.  It will be interesting to see how the lineup responds tonight.  Matt Holiday is getting a start in the playoffs after not even being on a teams opening day roster.

The Cubs home record this year is 51-31 and the Rockies road record is 44-38.

Joe Maddon has a strong record in Wild Card games but some Cub fans are probably questioning his ability with the way he is using the bullpen.

Notes:

Kerry Wood is singing the 7th inning stretch.  Pedro Strop is back after his hamstring injury.

Prediction:  Cubs Win!

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