Brad Penner - USA Today Sports
Brad Penner - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals, Contreras out

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (88-69) will battle their rival St. Louis Cardinals at 6:08 p.m. CDT on Wednesday night televised on CSN Chicago and ESPN. The Cubs are in sole possession of first place ahead of the Brewers by five games in the National League Central division and the North Siders can clinch the division with a win tonight.

The North Siders are currently an impressive 7-3 in their last ten games and their magic number to clinching the division only one.

If the Cubs win tonight, it will be the first time since 1906-1908 that the Cubs have made postseason three straight years.

Veteran John Lackey will start for the defending World Champions opposed by righty Michael Wacha.

In 2017, Lackey has an 11-11 record with a 4.67 ERA and 145 strikeouts. The Cubs have won 11 of the last 13 games that Lackey has started as he is 6-2 with a 3.93 ERA during that span.

Cubs teammates Addison Russell and Javy Baez return to the starting lineup for tonight's game while catcher Willson Contreras gets a day off after getting hit in the knee on several pitchers on Tuesday.

Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals

1. Jon Jay CF

2. Kris Bryant 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo 1B

4. Ben Zobrist LF

5. Addison Russell SS

6. Javy Baez 2B

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Rene Rivera C

9. John Lackey P

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