Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports
Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Nationals, Schwarber out

by - Senior Editor -

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will battle the Washington Nationals in game five of the NLDS at 7:08 p.m. CDT on Thursday night televised on TBS.

Righty standout Kyle Hendricks will start for the defending World Champions opposed by lefty Gio Gonzalez.

Hendricks has the lowest career postseason ERA among active pitchers with a 1.98 ERA.

Cubs teammates Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber are both out of the starting lineup for tonight's must-win game. Maddon decided to go with a better defensive lineup with Heyward, Almora, and Jay roaming for flyballs in the outfield.

Can Jon Jay get something going for the Cubs at the leadoff position? The leadoff batters in the NLDS are a combined 1-for-28 in the series with Jay and Almora going 0-for-13.

Cubs lineup vs. Nationals

1. Jon Jay LF

2. Kris Bryant 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo 1B

4. Willson Contreras C

5. Albert Almora Jr. CF

6. Addison Russell SS

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Javy Baez 2B

9. Kyle Hendricks P

Nationals lineup vs. Cubs

Turner SS, Werth LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Murphy 2B, Rendon 3B, Wieters C, Taylor CF, Gonzalez P

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