Nationals, Cubs lineups for Game 3 of NLDS

Nationals, Cubs lineups for Game 3 of NLDS

Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile between the Nationals and Cubs, scheduled for 4 p.m. ET/3 CT on TBS at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The best-of-five series is even at one game apiece.

Game Date Matchup TV/Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 6 CHC 3, WSH 0 WATCH
Gm 2 Oct. 7 WSH 6, CHC 3 WATCH
Gm 3 Oct. 9 CHC 2, WSH 1 WATCH
Gm 4 Oct. 11 WSH 5, CHC 0 WATCH
Gm 5 Oct. 12 CHC 9, WSH 8 WATCH

NATIONALS
Trea Turner, SS
Bryce Harper, RF
Anthony Rendon, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Jayson Werth, LF
Matt Wieters, C
Michael A. Taylor, CF
Max Scherzer, P

CUBS
Jon Jay, CF
Kris Bryant, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Willson Contreras, C
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Kyle Schwarber, LF
Jason Heyward, RF
Addison Russell, SS
Jose Quintana, P

Manager Joe Maddon already has tinkered with his lineup a few times in this series. Jay, who will get his first start of this year's postseason, is 1-for-2 with a double in two pinch-hit appearances.

Bryant, Rizzo and Contreras remain in their respective positions in the order from Game 2, while Zobrist moves up to bat fifth ahead of Schwarber and Heyward, who were both reserves on Saturday. Russell slides down from fifth in Game 2 to eighth in Game 3 with right-hander Max Scherzer on the bump for Washington.

Maddon is known to go to Jay more frequently against righties, as the outfielder hit .289/.364/.384 in 294 at-bats against them this season. It should be no surprise to see Zobrist hitting higher in the order, given his three home runs in 25 career at-bats against Scherzer. Rizzo and Russell also have gone deep once against the Nationals ace.

Following his club's five-run outburst in the eighth inning of its 6-3 win in Game 2, Nationals skipper Dusty Baker will stick with the same order that burst out of its early postseason mini-slump as they face Cubs lefty Jose Quintana.

It will be interesting to watch the Nationals' approach against Quintana, as very few of their players have faced him. Wieters is the only starter to have an at-bat against Quintana and is 2-for-3 with a double against him.

Washington's .275 team batting average and .787 on-base-plus-slugging percentage off left-handed pitchers during the regular season ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Major Leagues.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.