The big news of the day, Ian Happ's callup, is being covered here. Other than that -- just keep up the good work from Friday night!
One more bit of Happ news:
Happ to wear #8— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) May 13, 2017
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Happ RF, Rizzo 1B, Candelario 3B, La Stella 2B, Contreras C, Baez SS, Lester P, Almora CF
Fowler CF, Diaz SS, Carpenter 1B, Gyorko 3B, Molina C, Garcia 2B, Pham LF, Sierra RF, Martinez P
Jon Lester vs. Carlos Martinez
This game is a pitching rematch of Opening Night, April 2 in St. Louis. Jon Lester threw five decent innings, though a lot of pitches (102). He left trailing 1-0 and the Cubs did come back off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh with a three-run homer by Willson Contreras to tie it before losing in the last of the ninth.
Lester has been the Cubs' most consistent starter all year and had a very good outing last Sunday against the Yankees at Wrigley. Since Opening Night Carlos Martinez has a 4.67 ERA and 1.385 WHIP, with six home runs allowed in 34⅔ innings. The Cubs have hit Martinez in the past; hopefully today will be like that, instead of like Opening Night.
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago. It’s also on FS1 (no blackouts).
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