#Cubs lineup: Lester starts vs Braves
Jon Lester takes the mound Saturday night for the Cubs as they try to split the series vs. the Braves. Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs have lost eight straight games in Atlanta dating to July 5, 2012, the club’s longest losing streak since the
Braves moved to the city, and the club’s longest winless streak on the road vs. the Braves franchise since going 0-7-1 in an
eight-game stretch in Boston from June 26, 1946-June 10, 1947.
* Lester is 0-3 despite a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38 1/3 IP) in his last six starts. The Cubs have scored a total of nine runs in
his last six starts, including three runs during his 38 1/3 innings while in the game during those six starts. Lester has pitched at least seven innings in four of his last six starts and allowed one or zero earned runs in four of his last six outings.
* The Cubs will face the Braves’ Manny Banuelos, the sixth left-handed starting pitcher they’ve dealt with in their last eight games. In a 46-game stretch from May 16-July 6, the Cubs faced a total of four lefty starting pitchers.
* Over their last 14 games dating back to June 30, Cubs starters have combined for an MLB-best 1.50 ERA.