#Cubs Lester faces Pirates in finale
Jon Lester will close the Cubs’ series against the Pirates on Sunday against Gerrit Cole. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs have outscored opponents, 213-103, the best run differential in the Majors. Cubs starting pitchers also have pitched through the fifth inning in 43 regular season games, dating to Sept. 27 last year.
Anthony Rizzo has 11 home runs and 33 RBI in the first 35 games. According to Elias, only five other Cubs players since 1920 have hit that many home runs and had that many RBI in the first 35 games. That list includes Hack Wilson, Billy Williams, Dave Kingman, Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa.
*Looking ahead to Cubs at Brewers:
Tuesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks vs. RHP Chase Anderson
Wednesday: RHP John Lackey vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson
Thursday: RHP Jason Hammel vs. RHP Junior Guerra