#Cubs lineup vs Phillies
Jon Lester will open the Cubs homestand against the Phillies on Friday. The Cubs rotation is 8-4 with a 1.98 ERA over the last 20 games, dating to June 30, and the Cubs have won 12 of the 20 games. This series begins a stretch where the Cubs will play last place teams in 16 of their 23 games (Phillies, Rockies, Brewers, White Sox). The Phillies have won five of their last six games, and the bullpen is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in that stretch. All Lester needs is a few runs. The Cubs are averaging 2.7 runs of support per start for Lester, fifth worst in MLB.
Here’s the lineup:
* According to MLB Network research, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have seen the most 95 plus mph fastballs in the league, and both have performed better than average:
Bryant: 269 pitches 95 mph or more: .333 batting average/.667 slugging percentage (18-for-54 with 3 home runs)
Rizzo: 238 pitches 95 mph or more: .280 batting average/.420 slugging percentage (14-for-50 with 1 home run)