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Tommy La Stella Starts at 3rd, Bats 5th For Cubs In Wild-Card Game

This is likely a great move for the Cubs, and hopefully they can pull out a big win.  What an exciting way to end the season, a playoff in order to get into the playoffs.   Here’s to wishing the Cubbies the best and hoping they shut those damn Pirates out!

By cwesterlundcbs

(CBS) As many expected, the lefty-swinging Tommy La Stella will get the start at third base for the Cubs in their wild-card contest against the Pirates on Wednesday evening.

The move is a nod by Cubs manager Joe Maddon to get another lefty into the lineup against Pirates ace right-hander Gerrit Cole. The lineup didn’t include any surprises, and Maddon will utilize a defensive alignment that he went to more late in the season. Athletic rookie Kris Bryant will navigate the spacious and quirky left field at PNC Park, while less-fleet-of-foot Kyle Schwarber will man the smaller right field area.

Here’s a look at the Cubs’ lineup, with career stat line against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole in parentheses.

CF Dexter Fowler (3-14)
RF Kyle Schwarber (1-5)
LF Kris Bryant (3-9)
1B Anthony Rizzo (6-17)
3B Tommy La Stella (1-6)
2B Starlin Castro (6-17)
C Miguel Montero (3-5)
SS Addison Russell (2-7)
P Jake Arrieta (0-0)

Here’s a look at the Pirates’ lineup:

RF Gregoy Polanco
3B Josh Harrison
CF Andrew McCutchen
LF Starling Marte
C Francisco Cervelli
2B Neil Walker
SS Jordy Mercer
1B Sean Rodriguez
P Gerrit Cole

First pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. in Pittsburgh.