6/1 Cubs lineup – UPDATED
Jeff Samardzija faces Kyle Lohse in the series finale Sunday between the Cubs and Brewers at Miller Park. Samardzija leads the Majors with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts, mere percentage points ahead of Johnny Cueto’s 1.68 ERA (1.680 vs. 1.681). According to STATS Inc., it’s the lowest ERA for a Cubs starting pitcher on June 1 (minimum 10 starts) since Rick Reuschel posted a 1.60 season ERA entering June of 1973.
UPDATE: Luis Valbuena is sidelined with an abdominal problem, and not in the Cubs’ lineup. Valbuena batted .295 in May. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said the problem isn’t serious, and that Valbuena is sidelined as a precautionary measure.
The Cubs have played 24 games decided by two runs or less this season, going 5-19 in those contests. Those 24 close games represent nearly half of the games they’ve played, as the team is 15-14 in 29 games decided by three runs or more.
Here’s the lineup: