The Chicago Cubs (31-51) take on the second-place New York Mets (45-38) on Friday afternoon, kicking off their final series before the 2012 All-Star Break. And just 24 hours after saying 1B/OF Bryan LaHair would play against both righties and lefties, Cubs manger Dale Sveum has elected to put LaHair on the bench against elite left-handed SP Johan Santana.
Here is a look at the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:
|Cubs Lineup||Mets Lineup|
|1. Reed Johnson (R) RF||1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS|
|2. Darwin Barney (R) SS||2. Ronny Cedeno (R) 2B|
|3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B||3. David Wright (R) 3B|
|4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF||4. Scott Hairston (R) LF|
|5. Jeff Baker (R) 2B||5. Lucas Duda (L) RF|
|6. Geovany Soto (R) C||6. Justin Turner (R) 1B|
|7. Joe Mather (R) CF||7. Mike Nickeas (R) C|
|8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B||8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF|
|9. Travis Wood (R) P||9. Johan Santana (L) P|
The Cubs enter the series against the Mets as one of the hotter teams in baseball. They have won 7 of their last 10 games and the slugging duo of LaHair and Anthony Rizzo have led the way, hitting 3 home runs combined with OPS's over 1.000 each.