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Cubs, Mets unveil lineups for NLCS opener

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Cubs, Mets unveil lineups for NLCS opener

The Cubs may be in a good spot starting their top two pitchers for the first two games of the National League Championship Series, but the Mets aren't in a bad position, either.

New York sends out Matt Harvey to the mound in Game 1 Saturday night opposing Jon Lester, but the bigger surprise is Noah Syndergaard getting the ball in Game 2.

The Mets used the rookie right-hander in relief in Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday night, but Syndergaard is apparently ready to roll in Game 2 of the NLCS and will go opposite Jake Arrieta.

Here is the entire Cubs lineup for Game 1:

1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kyle Schwarber - LF
3. Kris Bryant - 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
5. Starlin Castro - 2B
6. Jorge Soler - RF
7. Javy Baez - SS
8. David Ross - C
9. Jon Lester - P

Here is how the Mets will line up behind Harvey:

1. Curtis Granderson - RF
2. David Wright - 3B
3. Daniel Murphy - 2B
4. Yoenis Cespedes - LF
5. Travis d'Arnaud - C
6. Michael Cuddyer - 1B
7. Wilmer Flores - SS
8. Juan Lagares - CF
9. Matt Harvey - P

Be sure to tune in to Cubs Pregame Live on CSN at 6 p.m. and flip back over to Comcast SportsNet after the game for complete analysis and reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.