So. Any Cubs news today?
Of course you know what's been going on, so this is just a preview of the lineups and pitching matchups, with a couple other notes:
- Even with last night's poor performance by Jake Arrieta, Cubs starting pitchers have a 2.95 ERA (26 ER in 79⅓ innings) over their last 14 games. That's good! Keep it up.
- The Cubs have two players in the top 11 in OBP in the National League: Kris Bryant is 10th at .393, and Anthony Rizzo is 11th at .389.
- Rizzo has a .423 OBP over his last 46 games, fourth in the N.L. over that span.
One more note: Victor Caratini will wear uniform No. 20.
On to today’s particulars.
Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Happ 2B, Contreras C, Jay LF, Baez SS, Almora CF, Lackey P, Zagunis RF
Turner SS, Goodwin LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Murphy 2B, Rendon 3B, Wieters C, Taylor CF, Strasburg P
John Lackey vs. Stephen Strasburg
Guess which Cubs starter has the most outings this year of six innings or more?
That's right, it's John Lackey, tied with Jake Arrieta. Both have 10 such starts, though Lackey has done that in 15 starts, while Jake has 16. So at least there's a chance that Lackey will pile up some innings tonight.
Lackey's last two starts have been very good: 12 total innings, five hits allowed, two earned runs. He seems to be getting into the groove he was in for the first four months of 2016. That included two good starts vs. the Nats, in which he pitched 13 total innings, allowed four earned runs, and struck out 18.
Lackey's 38 and might retire at the end of this year, but I think he's still got some good outings left. Let's hope tonight is one of them.
Stephen Strasburg has overall had a good year, but has not gotten out of the sixth inning in any of his last three starts, during which he has a 7.63 ERA in 15⅓ innings and a 1.697 WHIP. He's also been touched up for four homers over that span.
Last year he had a strong outing against the Cubs, June 15 in Washington, seven innings of one-run ball. Current Cubs are hitting a small-sample-size .211 (11-for-52) against him.
Hopefully, he continues his current struggles.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Washington markets).
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