In just a few hours, the Chicago Cubs will host the Miami Marlins for the first game of the best of Wrigley Field’s three playoff series. Sandy Alcantara is on the mound for the Cubs in the first game and this is the manager of the team David Ross, chosen for his first game after the season as manager.
Composition of Chicago Cubes:
1. Jan Hap, CF.
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Chris Bryant, 3B
4. Kyle Schwarber, LF
5. Wilson Contreras, S
6. Jason Hayward, Russia
7. Javy Baez, SS
8. Victor Caratini, DH
9. Jason Kipnis, 2B
As we discussed, Alcantara has REALLY significant left / right divisions this season, so Ross was certainly right to load up with leftists:
c. LHH: .268 / .366 / .493 (.369 wOBA)
v. RHH: .1
With Happ, Rizzo, Schwarber, Heyward, Caratini and Kipnis starting today’s game, the right-wing Marlins will face six shots from his far weaker side. Of course, as it turns out, these nine tests are probably the closest thing to the little ones regular nine starters, so everything looks pretty hassle-free.
Related to this, Brett just wrote this about Alcantara, the leftists, and the current weather in Wrigley Field:
However, Sandy Alcantara is also a big player on the ground: he didn’t have enough inning to qualify, but if he did, his 49.1% percentage on the ground would be 13th in baseball. The good news for a left-leaning Cubs lineup? His percentage on the ground against leftists is a paltry 27.5%. In fact, leftists hit flies with a shockingly high clip of 45.1%. Don’t tell Cubs beaters not to get out of rhythm, but man, today is set to be the PERFECT day for Cubs lefties to hit a lot of homers.
Meanwhile, on the bench, David Bote is waiting for his chance to score twice, a late game hit by RBI, Billy Hamilton is waiting to steal a base, and Nico Horner is waiting to improve the defense. This is a good group and their march for the playoffs starts today.
As usual, we’ll have your full post before Gamin ‘closer to game time (1:08 CT).