#Cubs lineup vs Angels: Szczur starts
Matt Szczur, who hit a three-run double on Monday in the season opener, gets the start in left field on Tuesday as the Cubs close their brief two-game series against the Angels. Jon Lester will start. The left-hander is 4-4 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 career regular season starts against the Angels, and 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three career postseason starts. He has not faced them since 2014, when he made three starts while with the Athletics.
Here’s the lineup:
Dexter Fowler was 3-for-4 with three runs, a double and a walk on Monday. He’s the first Cubs player to score at least three times and reach safely at least four times in a season opener since Aramis Ramirez did so April 4, 2005 at Arizona.
Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer on Monday, and is the first Cubs catcher to homer on Opening Day since Scott Servais in 1996 vs. the Padres.
According to STATS Inc., Addison Russell, at 22 years and 73 days old, is the third-youngest player in the National League and the seventh- youngest currently in the Major Leagues.
With Russell, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler all in the starting lineup Monday, the Cubs had four players under 25 starting on Opening Day for the first time since 1975 when Pete LaCock (1B), Manny Trillo (2B), Bill Madlock (3B) and Steve Swisher (C) all made starts.
After this series, the Cubs have an off day Wednesday, then open a four-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Pitching for that series will be:
Thursday: John Lackey vs. Rubby De La Rosa
Friday: Jason Hammel vs. Robbie Ray
Saturday: Kyle Hendricks vs. Zack Greinke
Sunday: Jake Arrieta vs. Shelby Miller
— Carrie Muskat