Cubs’ Jake Marisnick, Joc Pederson in lineup vs. Pirates lefty

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Marisnick, Pederson in lineup vs. Pirates lefty originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Jake Marisnick is set to make his Cubs debut in centerfield Saturday, with a left-handed pitcher on the mound for the Pirates.

“I’ve got four really good outfielders that I have to mix and match,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I don’t want Jake to come from swinging the bat pretty well in spring to sit and get stale. So, it was trying to find the right matchups for guys, rotate that through and try to keep everybody fresh.”

Against Pirates southpaw Tyler Anderson Saturday, Cubs centerfielder Ian Happ gets the day off, and left-fielder Joc Pederson gets his first regular season at-bats against a lefty starter.

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Marisnick got off to a late start in spring due to a minor calf ailment, but he broke camp with a .409 batting average. In mid-March, Marisnick hit four home runs in five games.

Pederson had settled into a platoon role with the Dodgers, limiting his at-bats against lefties. But the Cubs promised him a shot at an everyday role. He finished spring training strong, with a home run against Giants lefty José Álvarez a week ago.

On Opening Day, Pederson struck out against Pirates left-handed reliever Sam Howard, but so did Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant as part of a one-two-three inning.

“It's a long season, and you try not to put any one stretch under a microscope,” Ross said. “Let’s look at the big body of work over the course of time and see what shakes out. But I thought he put in some really, really good work and was pleased, and I think he was pleased, with where he came out of spring, especially against lefties.”

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