Cubs lineup vs. Nationals, Baez returns


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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will battle the Washington Nationals in game four of the NLDS at 3:08 p.m. CDT on Wednesday afternoon televised on TBS.

Righty veteran Jake Arrieta will start for the defending World Champions opposed by righty Tanner Roark.

In 2017, Arrieta has a 14-10 record with a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts. In the last two months of the season, Arrieta has been hot with a 7-2 record with a 1.79 ERA.

Cubs pitching has been impressive in three games against the Nationals with a 2.08 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 26 innings.

Manager Joe Maddon chose to sit outfielder Jason Heyward for today's game in favor of Ben Zobrist. One of the main reasons that Heyward was out today was his 0-for-18 lifetime mark against Roark.

Cubs second baseman Javy Baez is back in the starting lineup after a day off against the tough righty Max Scherzer.

Update: The Nationals changed their starting pitcher to Stephen Strasburg so the Cubs have a new look in the outfield as Schwarber was replaced by Heyward.

The new outfield alignment will be Ben Zobrist in left field, Jon Jay in center field, and Heyward in right field.

Cubs lineup vs. Nationals

1. Jon Jay CF
2. Kris Bryant 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Willson Contreras C
5. Ben Zobrist RF
6. Kyle Schwarber LF
7. Addison Russell SS
8. Javy Baez 2B
9. Jake Arrieta P

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