CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria intimated that his Thursday lineup won’t employ the usual platoons he has been utilizing over the first 10 days of the season. It means righties Mike Olt and Junior Lake could start against Pittsburgh Pirates righty Gerrit Cole.
“Tomorrow is as good a day as any,” Renteria said after the Cubs 7-5 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night.
Until now, Renteria has played a combination of Luis Valbuena, Ryan Kalish and Ryan Sweeney against right-handed pitching, while Olt and Lake -- along with Darwin Barney -- have seen the lefties. Olt and Lake hit back-to-back home runs on Wednesday.
“I’m hoping to use them a little more back-to-back versus lefties and righties,” Renteria said before Wednesday’s game. “They need to find out who they are, too. It has nothing to do with doubting what they can do.”