Manager David Ross has made a couple of changes in the lineup for Thursday’s Game 2 against the Marlins:
Victor Caratini, of course, is Yu Darvish’s personal catcher, so Willson Contreras heads to the DH role for today.
David Bote replaces Jason Kipnis at second base. Kipnis has quite a bit of postseason experience, obviously, from his time in Cleveland, but Ross clearly would like to get another bat in the lineup. Bote went 0-for-2 in the 2018 Wild Card Game against the Rockies, his only postseason experience. He hit .200/.303/.408 with seven home runs and that slugging percentage is decent.
It’s win or go home for the Cubs this afternoon, so hopefully Bote and the rest of the bats will get going. The game preview for this afternoon will post at 11 a.m. CT.