Cubs-Giants NLDS Game 3 starting lineups

October 10th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- will start in left field and will move to right for the Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Division Series (tonight, 9:30 ET/8:30 CT/6:30 PT on FS1) against the Giants and lefty at AT&T Park.

will catch , and the Cubs now join the 1915 Red Sox, the '27 Yankees, the '98 Padres and the 2002 D-backs as the only teams to start three catchers in a postseason series. caught Game 1 and rookie was behind the plate in Game 2.

leads off for the Cubs in Game 3, and he's followed by third baseman , first baseman , Soler, Zobrist, shortstop , second baseman , Montero and Arrieta.

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This will be Soler's first postseason start. The outfielder batted .474 in seven playoff games last year. He was sidelined this year because of a sore right side, and hit .238 in 86 regular-season games. However, expect Soler to be lifted for defensive purposes late in the game. The Cubs have rookie as an option or they could move Bryant to left.

The odd man out is , who went 1-for-7 in the first two NLDS games. In his first season in Chicago, Heyward batted .230, including .207 against lefties. Zobrist started 24 games in right field this season. Soler, Zobrist, Almora and Contreras did some work in left field with coach Dave Martinez on Sunday. Right field is the tricky one at AT&T Park because of the indentations in the wall and the brick.

As for the Giants, they made a late lineup change, scratching left fielder with back spasms and replacing him with .

Otherwise, manager Bruce Bochy stuck with the lineup he typically employs against right-handed starting pitchers to face Arrieta.

Center fielder and second baseman , both left-handed batters, were again in San Francisco's lineup. They did not start Game 1 against Cubs left-hander but returned to the lineup in Game 2 against Chicago righty .

Trailing in the series, 2-0, the Giants knew they faced a considerable challenge against Arrieta, who owned a 4-2 record with a 1.82 ERA in six career regular-season starts against them. That included a 2-0 mark with a 0.69 ERA in his last two outings at AT&T Park.

"We all know what's at stake," said Bochy, who has experienced 11 consecutive victorious postseason rounds since 2010. He jokingly added, "I'm gonna play the 'Rocky' theme."

Fortunately for the Giants, their Game 3 starter, Bumgarner, never has needed extra motivation. Bumgarner is coming off a four-hit shutout of the Mets in last Wednesday's Wild Card Game, which improved his postseason record to 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA.

Catcher , the Giants' No. 3 hitter, was 1-for-15 (.067) against Arrieta, who also had enjoyed success against shortstop (1-for-13, .077), Span (4-for-20, .200) and right fielder 3-for-13, .231).

Pagan had thrived against Arrieta (5-for-11, .455). So had Panik (2-for-5, .400), though the sample size was much smaller.

NLDS Game 3 lineups:


Dexter Fowler CF

Kris Bryant 3B

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Jorge Soler LF

Ben Zobrist RF

Addison Russell SS

Javier Baez 2B

Miguel Montero C

Jake Arrieta P


Denard Span CF


Buster Posey C

Hunter Pence RF


Brandon Crawford SS

Joe Panik 2B

Gregor Blanco LF

Madison Bumgarner LHP