David Bote on Cubs' bench Friday

Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote is not in the starting lineup for Friday afternoon's series opener against right-hander Graham Ashcraft and the Cincinnati Reds.

What It Means:

P.J. Higgins will replace Bote on first base and bat eighth.

Higgins has a $4,000 salary on Friday's single-game slate and numberFire’s models project him for 9.6 FanDuel points. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Cubs’ implied total (3.83) is tied for No. 10 in the majors today. Among Friday's projected starters, Ashcraft has the second-lowest strikeout rate this season (15.6%).