After tying the rain-shortened series against St. Louis, including an 8-5 win on Thursday in the series finale, the Cubs are back in action with a new road series against the Colorado Rockies starting on Friday night.
Cubs (8-8), Fourth in NL Central
Rockies (11-9), Second in NL West
The Game Times & Broadcast Info
4/20: Cubs at Rockies 7:40 PM CT on WGN, 670 The Score
4/21: Cubs at Rockies 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
4/22: Cubs at Rockies 2:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
The Pitching Matchups
4/20: Kyle Hendricks (CHC) vs. Jon Gray (COL)
4/21: Yu Darvish (CHC) vs. Tyler Anderson (COL)
4/22: Jose Quintana (CHC) vs. German Marquez (COL)
The Probable Lineups
1: Albert Almora, CF
2: Javy Baez, 2B
3: Kris Bryant, 3B
4: Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5: Willson Contreras, C
6: Kyle Schwarber, LF
7: Addison Russell, SS
8: Jason Heyward, RF
1: DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2: Chris Iannetta, C
3: Charlie Blackmon, CF
4: Nolan Arenado, 3B
5: Gerardo Parra, RF
6: Trevor Story, SS
7: Ian Desmond, LF
8: Ryan McMahon, 1B
The Players to Watch For
Nolan Arenado (COL): Nolan Arenado is no doubt the second-best third baseman in baseball, behind, of course, Kris Bryant. Arenado is always producing monster numbers and could play more competitively just because he is in competition with Bryant for the best third baseman in baseball. We are serious with his past numbers showing. This season, Arenado is batting above .300 with a home run and 6 RBI.
Albert Almora (CHC): The leadoff spot was presumably taken by Ian Happ after a monster Spring Training, and then a sure bet after that leadoff home run against the Marlins. Well, the debate opened back up for Joe Maddon who put Almora in the leadoff spot against the Cardinals on Thursday which worked out really well in the 8-5 win. He should bat leadoff again for this series.
The Cubs really have a good chance to gain momentum with this quick three-game road series before traveling to Cleveland for two and then coming to Wrigley for seven. If they have a chance of accomplishing success and finally breaking out looking like the 2016 Cubs, this is the time to do so.