Following Sunday’s rubber match between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs will venture north of the border for three games against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, two players will not travel with the team, as Canada’s COVID law requires those entering the country to be fully vaccinated. Instead, meet the Cubs in St. Louis for the weekend series starting Sept. 2.
Honestly, the lack of travel presents a good opportunity for Justin Steele. He ended his Friday start early with a sore back. Steele would have pitched Wednesday had he moved, so the remaining two days of rest would benefit the Cubs’ 2022 ace.
Sampson never misses a start because of a trip. Sampson will be ready for his next start in St. Louis, as he faces LHP Eric Lauer in Milwaukee on Sunday. He takes the bump in recent weeks as the Cubs pick up another series win against the Brewers.
Currently, the Cubs’ starter is listed as undetermined for all three games against Toronto. However, with Steele likely to miss the start, Marcus Stroman, Javier Assad and possibly Mark Leiter Jr. could be on the table as starters. Cubs fans can expect Justin Steele, Drew Smiley and Adrian Sampson to feature in the Cardinals series when the team resumes action on Friday.
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