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No lineup shakeup in store as Cubs prepare for Stephen Strasburg

Manager Joe Maddon doesn't anticipate any major changes in the Cubs lineup Friday night after the Nationals opted for Stephen Strasburg to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series in place of injured Max Scherzer.

"There might have been one adjustment only," Maddon said.

The only minor difference is that outfielder Albert Almora Jr. is 2-for-6 with two doubles lifetime against Strasburg but hasn't faced Scherzer, whose first start in the NLDS could be pushed back to Monday's Game 3 because of a right hamstring injury.

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber hasn't faced Strasburg or Scherzer, but Jason Heyward, who is a combined 19-for-48 against them, isn't looking at past history as a measuring stick.

"I faced (Strasburg) enough, but it's a new season and I'm in a new division," said Heyward, who also pointed to Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks going hitless in 11 career at-bats against Jon Gray of the Rockies before hitting a home run in Wednesday's NL wild-card game.

Roster update: The Cubs' NLDS roster must be submitted by 10 a.m. Friday, but Maddon wouldn't reveal any details.

That included the role of pitcher John Lackey, who appears headed for a bullpen role if Jake Arrieta's right hamstring continues to improve.

Arrieta said his leg felt better, which lines him up for a start Tuesday in Game 4, if necessary.

Experience matters: Nationals manager Dusty Baker played in three World Series with the Dodgers, so he knows the value of experience that the Cubs point to as an advantage in the NLDS.

"I've been on repeat (champions) as a player," Baker said. "The feeling that you have, and the feeling of confidence and not the panic, that's an advantage to them somewhat that they have been there.

"But we've been close ourselves. So this is going to be a heck of a postseason."

Reliever Sean Doolittle, who pitched in three postseasons with the Athletics (2012-14), concurred with Baker's thoughts.

"Having played all the way through a Game 7 of the World Series does count for something," Doolittle said. "That's not to say there are a lot of guys in here with a lot of playoff experience, a lot of guys who have won some World Series.

"We do have enough experience that neither one of these teams is going to get caught off guard by the energy of the situation."

Cubs projected Game 1 lineup and NLDS roster

LF Ben Zobrist Could play RF, only hit off Strasburg a home run.

3B Kris Bryant Needs to carry strong finish into playoffs.

1B Anthony Rizzo Rest after division clinching should help.

C Willson Contreras Could play largest role in lineup.

SS Addison Russell Secret weapon? Started one game vs. Nationals in '17.

RF Jason Heyward .405 lifetime vs. Strasburg.

CF Albert Almora Jr. 2-for-6, two doubles vs. Strasburg.

2B Javier Baez Duplication of 2016 NLDS performance could be needed.

Reserves

C Alex Avila Fifth postseason but in bench role this time.

INF Tommy La Stella Developed into one of NL's best pinch hitters.

OF Ian Happ Switch-hitting, ability to play multiple positions a plus.

OF Jon Jay Five postseasons should serve him well.

OF Kyle Schwarber All or nothing role in NLDS?

Rotation

Kyle Hendricks Team's best starter during stretch drive; never rattled.

LH Jon Lester Good health could enhance career 2.79 ERA vs. Nationals.

Jose Quintana First playoff appearance of six-year MLB career.

RH Jake Arrieta Nationals have given him fits; right hamstring a concern.

RH John Lackey Seasoned insurance policy if Arrieta isn't ready.

Bullpen

Wade Davis Veteran closer has been at his best in postseason.

Carl Edwards Jr. Could be called upon to face lefties.

Brian Duensing Ready to face Murphy, Harper.

Mike Montgomery Could play bigger role with rotation's health issues.

Hector Rondon Regained 98-mph fastball, confidence.

Pedro Strop No time for bouts of wildness.

Justin Wilson Has shown enough flashes to contribute.

Nationals projected Game 1 lineup

SS Trea Turner

RF Bryce Harper

3B Anthony Rendon

2B Daniel Murphy

1B Ryan Zimmerman

LF Jayson Werth

C Matt Wieters

CF Michael Taylor

Reserves

C Jose Lobaton

INF Wilmer Difo

1B Adam Lind

OF Alejandro De Aza

OF Howie Kendrick

OF Victor Robles

Rotation

Stephen Strasburg

Gio Gonzalez

Max Scherzer

Tanner Roark

Bullpen

Matt Albers

Sean Doolittle

Matt Grace

Brandon Kintzler

Ryan Madson

Oliver Perez

Enny Romero

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