#Cubs Lester faces Cardinals and Lackey at Wrigley
Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey square off Monday night at Wrigley Field when the Cubs and Cardinals open a four-game/three-day series. The Cardinals lead the Central and have their best record through 81 games since 1944 when they finished with 105 wins and won a World Series.
Lester and Lackey spent 4 1/2 seasons together in Boston. It’s their first meeting since Game 1 of the 2009 ALDS, when Lackey pitched for the Angels. The Cardinals right-hander has given up three runs over 14 2/3 innings in a pair of starts against the Cubs this season, both of which came at Busch Stadium. Lackey did lose his only career start at Wrigley in his final outing in 2014.
In his last start, Lester gave up five hits over seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked one. The lefty has gone eight consecutive starts without a win, matching the longest such streak of his career. He’s 0-4 with a
3.78 ERA since picking up his last win on May 16.
This will be Lester’s first start with Miguel Montero behind the plate instead of David Ross. Ross was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion.
The Cubs rotation has a 5.06 ERA against the Cardinals this season compared to a 3.37 mark against all other teams.
— Carrie Muskat