(CBS) Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber is out of the starting lineup Monday against the Mets at Citi Field, the second straight day he’s sat against an opposing right-handed starter.
Manager Joe Maddon had expressed a willingness previously to sit the lefty-swinging Schwarber against left-handers, and now his playing time is dwindling lately against right-handers too. Schwarber has struggled early in the season, hitting .171 with a .295 on-base percentage and a .677 OPS. He has swung the bat a little better of late, drilling a pinch-hit homer Sunday after having three extra-base hits last Wednesday against the Marlins.
Jon Jay will lead off and play center field for the Cubs when they face Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom. Ben Zobrist is in left field, while Jason Heyward mans right field. Right-hander John Lackey starts for the Cubs.