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Cubs starting Eric Sogard at second base on Thursday

Chicago Cubs infielder Eric Sogard is batting eighth in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Sogard will man second base after Sergio Alcantara was given a breather on Thursday night.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Walker Buehler, Sogard's Thursday salary stands at $2,000.

Rafael Ortega in center field for Cubs on Thursday

Chicago Cubs outfielder Rafael Ortega is batting sixth in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Ortega will patrol center after Jake Marisnick was benched on Thursday night.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Walker Buehler, Ortega's Thursday salary stands at $2,000.

Cubs' Jake Marisnick receives Thursday off

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Marisnick will rest on Thursday night after Rafael Ortega was picked as Chicago's starting center fielder.

Per Baseball Savant on 48 batted balls this season, Marisnick has produced a 10.4% barrel rate and a .226 expected average.

Patrick Wisdom out of Cubs' Thursday lineup against Dodgers

Chicago Cubs infielder Patrick Wisdom is not starting in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Wisdom will sit on Thursday night after Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were announced as Chicago's starting third and first basemen.

According to Baseball Savant on 43 batted balls this season, Wisdom has produced a 25.6% barrel rate and a .257 expected average.

Anthony Rizzo batting cleanup for Cubs on Thursday night

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Rizzo will man first base after Kris Bryant was moved to third and Patrick Wisdom was sent to the bench.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Walker Buehler, our models project Rizzo to score 10.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,100.

Ben Rortvedt in Twins' Thursday lineup

Minnesota Twins catcher Ben Rortvedt is starting Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Rortvedt is getting the nod behind the plate while batting eighth in the order against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

Our models project Rortvedt for 0.7 hits, 0.3 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.4 RBI and 6.8 FanDuel points.

Josh Donaldson starting on Thursday for Minnesota

Minnesota Twins infielder Josh Donaldson is in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Donaldson is getting the nod at third base while batting second in the order against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

Our models project Donaldson for 0.8 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 7.7 FanDuel points.

Gilberto Celestino sitting for Twins on Thursday

Minnesota Twins outfielder Gilberto Celestino is not in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Celestino is being replaced in center field by Max Kepler against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

In 35 plate appearances this season, Celestino has a .118 batting average with a .378 OPS, 1 home run, 2 runs and 1 RBI.

Miguel Sano sitting on Thursday for Minnesota

Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano is not in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Sano is being replaced at third base by Josh Donaldson against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

In 220 plate appearances this season, Sano has a .193 batting average with a .709 OPS, 14 home runs, 27 runs and 34 RBI.

Ryan Jeffers not in Twins' Thursday lineup

Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers is sitting Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Jeffers is being replaced behind the plate by Ben Rortvedt against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

In 96 plate appearances this season, Jeffers has a .213 batting average with a .709 OPS, 5 home runs, 10 runs and 14 RBI.

Washington's Josh Bell scratched on Thursday, Ryan Zimmerman to start against Marlins

Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Ryan Zimmerman will start at first base and bat fourth after Josh Bell was scratched on Thursday night.

numberFire's models project Zimmerman to score 11.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,400.

Austin Barnes behind the plate for Dodgers on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes is batting eighth in Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Barnes will catch on Thursday night after Will Smith was rested against the Cubs.

In a righty versus righty matchup against Zach Davies, our models project Barnes to score 8.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Dodgers' Matt Beaty receives a break on Thursday night

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman / outfielder Matt Beaty is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Beaty will sit against the Cubs after A.J. Pollock was picked as Thursday's starting left fielder.

According to Baseball Savant on 93 batted balls this season, Beaty has produced a 2.2% barrel rate and a .241 expected average.

Luis Arraez starting on Thursday for Minnesota

Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez is in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Arraez is getting the nod at second base while batting leadoff against Indians starter J.C. Mejia.

Our models project Arraez for 1.1 hits, 0.4 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.6 RBI and 8.7 FanDuel points.

Albert Pujols batting fifth in Dodgers' Thursday lineup Cubs Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols is starting in Thursday's contest against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Pujols will operate first base after Max Muncy was shifted to third and Justin Turner was given a breather.

numberFire's models project Pujols to score 10.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,800.

Los Angeles' Will Smith resting on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Smith will head to the bench after Austin Barnes was announced as Thursday's starting catcher for Walker Buehler.

Per Baseball Savant on 156 batted balls this season, Smith has produced a 10.3% barrel rate and a .278 expected average.

A.J. Pollock hitting sixth in Los Angeles' Thursday lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock is starting in Thursday's contest against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Pollock will man left field after Matt Beaty was given the night off against right-hander Zach Davies.

numberFire's models project Pollock to score 8.8 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,600.

Atlanta's Kevan Smith handling catching duties on Thursday

Atlanta Braves catcher Kevan Smith is batting seventh in Thursday's lineup against the Cincinnati Reds.

What It Means:

Smith will catch on Thursday night after William Contreras was given a breather against the Reds.

In a righty versus righty matchup against Tony Santillan, our models project Smith to score 8.8 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,000.

Mookie Betts (illness) returns to Dodgers' lineup on Thursday night

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (illness) is batting leadoff in Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Betts will man right field after Los Angeles' superstar missed Wednesday's game with a stomach illness.

In a matchup against right-hander Zach Davies, our models project Betts to score 14.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $4,000.

Justin Turner heads to Dodgers' bench on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Turner will rest on Thursday night after Max Muncy and Albert Pujols were named Los Angeles' starting third and first basemen.

According to Baseball Savant on 200 batted balls this season, Turner has produced a 8.5% barrel rate and a .277 expected average.

Reese McGuire catching for Blue Jays on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire is batting ninth in Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

McGuire will start behind the plate after Riley Adams was rested on Thursday night.

numberFire's models project McGuire to score 8.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,400.

Austin Hedges starting on Thursday for Indians

Cleveland Indians catcher Austin Hedges is in the lineup Thursday in the team's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Hedges is getting the nod behind the plate while batting ninth in the order against Twins starter Jose Berrios.

Our models project Hedges for 0.7 hits, 0.3 runs, 0.1 home runs, 0.3 RBI and 6.4 FanDuel points.

Joe Panik operating first base for Toronto on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Joe Panik is batting eighth in Thursday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Panik will make his third appearance at first after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was chosen as Toronto's starting designated hitter.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Dean Kremer, our models project Panik to score 7.4 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in left field for Blue Jays on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is batting seventh in Thursday's lineup against the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Gurriel Jr. will start in left field after Teoscar Hernandez shifted to left, Randal Grichuk was named Toronto's starting center fielder, and George Springer was sent to the bench.

numberFire's models project Gurriel Jr. to score 10.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,500.

Ryan Lavarnway not in Cleveland's Thursday lineup

Cleveland Indians catcher Ryan Lavarnway is sitting Thursday in the team's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Lavarnway is being replaced behind the plate by Austin Hedges against Twins starter Jose Berrios.

In 12 plate appearances this season, Lavarnway has a .273 batting average with a .697 OPS and 1 run.

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