#Cubs Lackey faces Nats

John Lackey gets the start Friday for the Cubs in Game 2 of their four-game series against the Nationals at Wrigley Field. Jason Heyward also is back  in the lineup in right field. Here’s the batting order:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Baez SS

Ross C

Lackey P

The Cubs are off to their best start through 27 games since the team was 23-4 to start the 1907 campaign. This is the best start to a season by a NL club since the 1986 New York Mets started 21-6. This is the best start for any Major League team since the 2003 New York Yankees began 21-6.

Cubs starting pitchers have pitched through the fifth inning in the last 35 regular season games dating to Sept. 27 of last season.

Ben Zobrist is batting .300 (15-for-50) with three doubles, three homers, 16 RBI and 10 walks compared to six strikeouts in his last 14 games since April 18. He has a .413 OBP and a .540 slugging mark in this stretch, contributing to a .953 OPS.

Zobrist, thanks to three RBI Wednesday in Pittsburgh and four RBI last night vs. Washington, has driven in at least three runs in consecutive games for just the second time in his major league career.


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