No Braun for series opener in Chicago
The Brewers just posted a lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and left fielder Ryan Braun isn’t in it. Instead, the red-hot Casey McGehee, who leads the Majors with 17 RBIs this month, is hitting in the three-hole, and Frank Catalanotto is playing left field.
Entering the series, Braun is 5-for-23 (.217) against Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. Catalanotto is 2-for-4. We’ll have to see whether Braun or manager Ken Macha says the decision to sit Braun tonight is health-related.
Prince Fielder is in the lineup as usual. He tied Cecil Cooper’s franchise record with RBI No. 126 on Sunday and will try to break the record this week.
Here’s the lineup:
Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Casey McGehee 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Jody Gerut RF
Jason Kendall C
Frank Catalanotto LF
Jeff Suppan RHP
Counsell at shortstop is interesting because it means that both J.J. Hardy and Alcides Escobar are on the bench. Hardy is 2-for-27 (.074) against Dempster.