Jay is not in the lineup against the Nationals on Saturday. Jay will remain on the bench for Game 2 of the NLDS with southpaw Gio Gonzalez on the mound for Washington. In his place, Ian Happ will draw a start in left while Albert Almora gets the nod in center. During Friday's victory, Jay was used as a pinch hitter, going 1-for-1 with a double and a run. He'll likely be deployed in that capacity again Saturday.
Jay is not in the lineup against the Nationals for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Jay will head to the bench for the opening game of the series as Kyle Schwarber draws the start in left. He will be available off the bench and is likely going to enter the fray at some point if the game is close. Looking ahead, with left-hander Gio Gonzalez confirmed as Saturday's starter, Jay may be left out of the starting nine once again.
Jay is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals. The Cubs are resting all of their starters after clinching the NL Central on Wednesday, so Jay will head to the bench as Kyle Schwarber steps in to man left field in his stead.
Jay is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. Jay raised his batting average 10 points to .293 over the last six games, but manager Joe Maddon decided he was due a day off after five straight starts, so he will open on the bench Tuesday. Ian Happ will take Jay's place in center field, and Ben Zobrist will assume his spot atop the order.
Jay went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Brewers. Jay has now scored two runs in three of his last four games. He's primarily been batting leadoff for the Cubs, and he's playing most days, as he's seemed to earn the trust of manager Joe Maddon. It doesn't hurt that Jay is batting .295 with a .378 on-base percentage, which makes him a threat to score plenty more runs atop a strong Cubs lineup before the regular season is over.
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