Game 116 lineups: Nats at Cubs

CHICAGO - It’s a warm, sunny day at the corner of Clark and Addison, but the wind’s actually blowing in, a rarity at Wrigley Field given the other conditions. That could help keep the ball in the park, which of course benefits the pitchers in today’s series opener between the Nationals and Cubs.

Hellickson-Throwing-Gray-Sidebar.jpgJeremy Hellickson is the kind of pitcher who looks for groundballs, so he won’t complain about the conditions this afternoon. The right-hander still faces a stiff challenge, of course, in the Cubs lineup, which tops the National League in runs, hits, batting average, on-base percentage and OPS.

Kyle Hendricks, the sinkerballer who has been one of the NL’s most effective pitchers the last two seasons, hasn’t been the same pitcher in 2018. The right-hander enters the day with a 4.07 ERA, though he’s been very good against the Nats in his career (2.83 ERA in 7 starts, including two postseason games last fall).

The good news for the Nationals: Bryce Harper is back in the lineup after sitting out Thursday’s game against the Braves, still feeling the effects of a pitch he took off his right leg.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 2:20 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (out-of-market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees, wind 9 mph in from center field

NATIONALS
RF Adam Eaton
SS Trea Turner
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Bryce Harper
LF Juan Soto
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
C Spencer Kieboom
RHP Jeremy Hellickson

CUBS
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Javy Báez
RF Ben Zobrist
CF Jason Heyward
3B David Bote
LF Kyle Schwarber
C Willson Contreras
RHP Kyle Hendricks
SS Addison Russell

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