Dodgers, Cubs NLCS Game 1 starting lineups

Dodgers, Cubs NLCS Game 1 starting lineups

CHICAGO -- The Cubs stuck to the same lineup in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series (tonight on FS1, 8 p.m. ET/7CT/5PT) as they did in the NL Division Series, starting Ben Zobrist in left field and Javier Baez at second base to back up starter Jon Lester.

Baez started all four games at second base in the NLDS against the Giants, with Zobrist moving to the outfield.

Manager Joe Maddon kept Addison Russell in the No. 5 spot in the order, even though the 22-year-old shortstop went 1-for-15 in the NLDS.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 15 CHC 8, LAD 4 video
Gm 2 Oct. 16 LAD 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 3 Oct. 18 LAD 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 19 CHC 10, LAD 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 20 CHC 8, LAD 4 video
Gm 6 Oct. 22 CHC 5, LAD 0 video

The Dodgers, meanwhile, made two interesting lineup selections, beginning with a switch behind the plate. Veteran Carlos Ruiz is starting and batting sixth instead of Yasmani Grandal, who started all five games against the Nationals in the NLDS. The move certainly isn't because of Ruiz's history against Lester; he is hitless in 16 career plate appearances against the Cubs' starter.

Enrique Hernandez, who wasn't on the Division Series roster, is starting at second and batting seventh.

The top five spots remain the same as L.A.'s Game 3 lineup in the Division Series against Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez, with Howie Kendrick leading off and playing left field.

DODGERS

Howie Kendrick LF
Justin Turner 3B
Corey Seager SS
Yasiel Puig RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Enrique Hernandez 2B
Joc Pederson CF
Kenta Maeda P

CUBS

Dexter Fowler CF
Kris Bryant 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Ben Zobrist LF
Addison Russell SS
Jason Heyward RF
Javier Baez 2B
David Ross C
Jon Lester P

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.