Since May 2, the Cubs have won 15 of 20 home games. This is one way of getting back on top of the division, and something any contending team should do, play well at home. Interestingly, only seven N.L. teams have winning records at home, and you might not expect some of these names: Nationals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
Fun fact of the day:
Elias says Arrieta (28-12 at Wrigley) is 1st #Cubs P to win 28 of 1st 40 home Gs since Fergie did (28-12 from 1966-68)— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 7, 2017
Here are today’s particulars.
Happ CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Baez SS, Lackey P, Schwarber LF
Gordon 2B, Stanton RF, Yelich CF, Ozuna LF, Realmuto C, Dietrich 3B, Moore 1B, Riddle SS, Urena P
John Lackey vs. Jose Urena
John Lackey had one of his best outings of the year last time out: seven innings, four hits, two runs, almost lights-out after the first inning.
The problem is, he's done this earlier this year too. Throws well, you think he's turned the corner, then he's bad again. Hopefully the corner has actually been turned this time.
With the exception of Ichiro, who will likely at most pinch-hit tonight, no current Marlins active player has more than six career at-bats against Lackey.
So maybe that'll help. Or not. We'll see. It'd be nice if Lackey could get out of the first inning without giving up runs.
Jose Urena started 2017 in the Marlins bullpen and then went into the rotation due to injuries and bad performance by other starters. He's made six starts which range in quality from pretty good to awful. His last outing, June 2 vs. the Diamondbacks, was awful: 4⅓ innings, nine hits, five runs, two home runs.
I'd like one of those, please.
Today's game is on WGN.
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