LOS ANGELES - Joe Maddon hinted at lineup changes ahead of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series and delivered.
The Cubs offense that was third in the big leagues in runs scored during the regular season has hit just .193 in six postseason games with a .251 on-base percentage.
As such, Maddon bumped Ben Zobrist up to third in the order, with the struggling Anthony Rizzo fourth.
Javy Baez has enjoyed a breakout postseason (hitting .391 with a 1.025 OPS) and was bumped up to fifth, moving Addison Russell down to seventh.
Rizzo and Russell are a combined 2-for-45 this postseason.
Jorge Soler is in the lineup for Game 3 over Jason Heyward with Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill on the mound.
Here is the complete Cubs lineup:
1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Ben Zobrist - LF
4. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
5. Javy Baez - 2B
6. Jorge Soler - RF
7. Addison Russell - SS
8. Miguel Montero - C
9. Jake Arrieta - P
Montero has formed a nice battery with Arrieta over the last couple seasons and the Cubs trust the veteran calling the game behind the plate, hence why he's in against a lefty with Willson Contreras on the bench.
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The Dodgers have duplicated their Game 2 lineup against Arrieta:
1. Chase Utley - 2B
2. Corey Seager - SS
3. Justin Turner - 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
5. Josh Reddick - RF
6. Joc Pederson - CF
7. Yasmani Grandal - C
8. Andrew Toles - LF
9. Rich Hill - P
Hill is the former Cubs prospect who threw 337.2 innings with the franchise that drafted him (fourth round in 2002) from 2005-08.
Seager hit .308 with an .877 OPS in the regular season but is just 4-for-30 in the postseason and all four of his hits have come in the first inning.