The Cubs' current stretch has been called by some a "20-game road trip" through New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Miami, Washington and Cincinnati. Don't think I can recall another stretch in recent years where the Cubs were home for only three out of 20 games.
They are 6-4 halfway through this stretch. If they can go 6-4 or even 7-3 in the remaining 10 games, I'd call it a success.
Starting pitching has improved over this time. Over the last nine games Cubs starters have a 2.84 ERA -- a significant improvement over the nine games prior to that, in which the starters posted a 5.80 ERA.
Keep that up and I believe good things will happen.
Here are today’s particulars.
Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Happ RF, Russell SS, Montero C, Baez 2B, Almora CF, Lackey P, Jay LF
Gordon 2B, Stanton RF, Yelich CF, Ozuna LF, Bour 1B, Prado 3B, Realmuto C, Riddle SS, Urena P
John Lackey vs. Jose Urena
Like last night's game, this one is a pitching rematch of a game at Wrigley Field, June 7. The Cubs lost the game 6-5, Lackey got charged with all five runs including homers by J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna.
Ian Happ homered off Urena.
Since then Lackey has one mediocre start and one good one. Urena has two pretty good starts since that one.
Here's hoping for a better result for the Cubs tonight.
Today's game is on WGN.
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