Alfonso Rivas absent for Cubs Thursday afternoon

Chicago Cubs infielder Alfonso Rivas is not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale against left-hander Ranger Suarez and the Philadelphia Phillies.

What It Means:

David Bote will start on first base and bat seventh as the lefty-hitting Rivas takes a seat versus the Phillies' southpaw.

Bote has a $2,200 salary on Thursday and numberFire's models project him for 7.1 FanDuel points. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Cubs' implied total (3.15) is No. 15 in the majors today.