Cubs News: Lineup vs Cards: Heyward returns from injury

Cubs News: Lineup vs Cards: Heyward returns from injury

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (29-14) tonight play the second of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals (24-21) and look to snap a season-high three-game skid. Chicago last night fell in the series opener, 4-3, and has endured its first three-game road skid since September 12-15 of last season at Philadelphia (0-2) and Pittsburgh (0-1). The Cubs have gone 24-8 in their last 32 regular season road games dating to the nightcap of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh on September 15 of last season and have outscored their opponents 174-79 during this stretch, a run differential of +95.

Jason Heyward left Friday night’s game in the first inning after making a highlight reel catch of a Denard Span fly ball to the right-center wall and missed three games after being diagnosed with a contusion on right side of his rib cage.

Lineup vs Cardinals

1 Dexter Fowler CF

2 Jason Heyward RF

3 Kris Bryant 3B

4 Anthony Rizzo 1B

5 Ben Zobrist 2B

6 Jorge Soler LF

7 Addison Russell SS

8 David Ross C

9 Jason Hammel P

RHP Jason Hammel (5-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-4, 4.03)

Hammel is making his ninth start of the season and his team-leading sixth start on the road. Hammel owns a 2.48 ERA (8 ER/29.0 IP) in his five road games and a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP) at Wrigley Field and has pitched at least 6.0 innings in six of his eight starts this year.

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