The most important factor in tonight's game could be the weather forecast, which calls for warm conditions (no lake breeze), temperatures at least in the 70s, and the wind blowing out at nearly 20 miles per hour.
Perhaps Cubs bats will wake up and hit a video-board shot or two tonight. (Of course, while preventing Reds hitters from doing the same.
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant RF, Rizzo 1B, Happ CF, Candelario 3B, Russell SS, Contreras C, Lackey P, Baez 2B
Well, that's interesting: Ian Happ hitting cleanup. He has played six games in center field for Iowa this year, starting four of them.
Hamilton CF, Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Suarez 3B, Schebler RF, Peraza 2B, Barnhart C, Arroyo P
John Lackey vs. Bronson Arroyo
We return to 2006 tonight for a pitching rematch of the game April 23 in Cincinnati between John Lackey and Bronson Arroyo.
It was Arroyo's best game of the year. He gave the Cubs just three hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo that accounted for all the runs Arroyo allowed that afternoon.
Since that game Arroyo has a 4.78 ERA and 1.435 WHIP and has allowed three home runs in 15⅓ innings.
Lackey got hit pretty hard that day, seven hits, two walks and seven runs (five earned) in six innings. Since that game Lackey has a 3.50 ERA and 1.333 WHIP with three walks and 20 strikeouts in 18 innings, including an outstanding outing his last time out, seven shutout innings against the Rockies a week ago today.
Hopefully, Lackey's settled in and can keep pitching like that, and the Cubs can solve the 80 mile-per-hour fastball of Arroyo.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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