Kyle Schwarber is back in the lineup tonight against Dodgers righthander Brandon McCarthy.
It does now seem as if Kyle is in a straight platoon, as he has not played the last several times a lefthanded pitcher has gone against the Cubs. As bad as Kyle's been overall, his numbers vs. LHP are worse:
vs. RHP: .190/.297/.381
vs. LHP: .147/.310/.265
A bit better OBP vs. lefties, but no power (5-for-34, one double, one HR), and 15 strikeouts in 34 at-bats. That's a 44.1 percent K rate, compared to a 31.7 percent K rate against RHP.
I know Schwarber's work ethic is off the charts. If there's a way to fix this, he will find it. Until then, platooning is probably the best idea.
Another note about today's game:
Cubs and other 29 MLB teams will wear special Memorial Day uniforms each of the next three days.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) May 27, 2017
As I wrote when these special-event jerseys and caps were announced last month, I think wearing them for an entire weekend is overkill:
... the Cubs will be wearing various special-event uniforms on 10 different dates this year. Between that, the blue alternate jersey they wear on occasion on the road and any throwbacks they’ll wear this year (and I generally like those), it makes the word "uniform" kind of an oxymoron.
Yes, I'm aware this is all about marketing and selling replica jerseys and caps and some of the proceeds from those sales go to various charitable causes. Still.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ 2B, Heyward RF, Montero C, Russell SS, Lackey P
It's the first big-league start for Ian Happ at second base, his natural position.
Taylor CF, Seager SS, Grandal C, González 1B, Hernández 3B, Bellinger LF, Utley 2B, Puig RF, McCarthy P
John Lackey vs. Brandon McCarthy
After John Lackey threw seven shutout innings against the Rockies in Colorado on May 9, I thought he might have turned his season around.
That didn't happen. He then allowed eight earned runs in 10⅓ innings in his subsequent two starts and four home runs. That isn't good and won't help him against the Dodgers.
He did have a good outing against the Dodgers April 12 at Wrigley Field, throwing six innings, allowing one run, and striking out 10.
Brandon McCarthy also started that game, so we have a pitching rematch. McCarthy was even better than Lackey that night, throwing six shutout innings. McCarthy's been pretty good this year, with five of his seven starts being good-to-excellent.
This one will not be easy. Lackey will have to be on his game for the Cubs to win tonight.
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