• NCLS Game 3: Today at 8 p.m. ET on FS1
The Dodgers started a lefty for the second straight game, former Cubs pitcher Rich Hill, who played in Chicago from 2005 to 2008. Hill went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers this season, going 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts overall.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler leads off for the Cubs, and will be followed by third baseman Kris Bryant, left fielder Ben Zobrist, first baseman Rizzo, Baez, right fielder Soler, shortstop Addison Russell, catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Jake Arrieta.
The best of seven series is tied at one win apiece.
Soler, bothered by minor injuries to his side, batted .238 in 86 games this season with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs. He hit .267 against lefties.
"It's been difficult to keep [Soler] out there consistently, but you watch him in certain games and you watch batting practice, and it's pretty good," Maddon said.
Rizzo has struggled this postseason, going 1-for-23 in the six games. Baez batted .311 against lefties this season, second best on the Cubs to Bryant, who batted .314. Baez has tied a club record for the longest hitting streak to open a postseason, joining Moises Alou (2003) and Mickey Livingston (1945).
Soler is not as good a defensive player as Jason Heyward, but by having him sixth in the lineup, Maddon said, he can always make a switch late in the game.
As for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, he stuck with his Game 2 lineup for Game 3.
"Some of the guys aren't getting hits, but as far as the at-bat quality, I still like it," said Roberts.
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Ben Zobrist, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Javier Baez, 2B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Miguel Montero, C
9. Jake Arrieta, P
1. Chase Utley, 2B
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Joc Pederson, CF
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Andrew Toles, LF
9. Rich Hill, P