#Cubs Lackey vs Phillies in finale

John Lackey closes the Cubs’ series against the Phillies on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Montero C

Russell SS

Szczur LF

Lackey P

Lackey is coming off a no decision vs. the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs over seven innings. He is 3-4 with a 3.13 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Phillies.

Ben Zobrist has reached safely in his last 33 starts, and is riding a 14-game hitting streak. He’s batting .444 during that streak.

Kris Bryant is tied with Yoenis Cespedes for second in the NL in RBI with 36.

Looking ahead, here are the pitching matchups vs. the Dodgers:

Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17) vs. LHP Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03)
Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84)
Wednesday: LHP Jon Lester (5-3, 2.48) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 4.50)
Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Kenta Maeda (4-3, 3.00)



Our starters vs. the Dodgers in era and even wins, for the most part is sick….not even close..

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Since Kershaw is pitching tonight at Citi Field, it means we won`t face him this series. His ERA will impress you, Josh, and Maeda`s is not shabby either. ESPN tonight posted the lowest ERA`s in the modern era (meaning since 1920), and Kershaw is first among all MLB pitchers in that category, ahead of legends the likes of Wilhelm, Ford, Koufax, and Palmer, and in that order, if memory serves.

Aloha jhosk- was thinking at first how “lucky” the team is not to see Kershaw than thought it would be better if they did; agreed about Kenta as a first look for this team. Also, to Josh above, yes on paper their pitchers may not look as much but remember what happened in Milwaukee: a pitcher with an era of 8+ had a no-hitter going late into the game and eventually won. The Giants Matt Cain stymied the Cubs a week ago. I do think that the team has turned a corner but they have to stay vigilante because they have done well against very good pitchers this year as well as poor results against those you’d think they should have had the upper hand. I am sure this team will not take the Dodgers for granted in this upcoming series. Take care now! Mahalo!

Agreed, k.g. Cain may have overextended himself versus the Cubs, as I see he had to go to the DL. What I know for certain is that Zo defies Father Time.

Aloha jhosk- yes Cain did go over and above against our Cubbies! I love seeing Zobrist in the field, running the bases and his approach at the plate! I have said it many times, I thought after getting both Lackey and Zobrist that the team had done tremendously well in the off-season; they could have stopped there and still had a very good team. Veterans add so much to the mix, the culture and stability to an organization. I am sure the younger players are not just in awe but saying to themselves, “what must I do to have that kind of success?” Well, for the Cubs, what a blessing that Zo is on the team! Speaking of Veterans I remember the many men & women who put their lives on the line so that we could have freedom and liberty, thank you all. Lastly I thought you might like some “stats” on some other players in their “twilight” years and what they did: Aaron 37yrs: 47hr’s/118rbi’s/.327, *Banks 36yrs: 23hr’s/95rbi’s/.276, Clemente 36yrs: 13hr’s/86rbi’s/.341, *Gehrig 34yrs: 37hr’s/158rbi’s/.351, *Mantle 34yrs: 23hr’s/56rbi’s/.288, Mays 39yrs: 28hr’s/83rbi’s/.291, Musial 41yrs: 19hr’s/82rbi’s/.330, Ruth 36yrs: 46hr’s/162rbi’s/.373, T.Williams 41yrs: 29hr’s/72rbi’s/.316. I could have added many more but I wanted to list folks that played most or a good portion of their careers during the period where hitters did not wear protective gear and the pitcher’s mounds were much higher than they are today. I highlighted Banks/Gehrig/Mantle because as you know those three would suffer from big injuries/conditions that in many cases today would end a player’s career but still they had remarkable numbers. I know if Banks had not hurt his knee in 61’/62′ who knows what could have been because his back to back 58’/59′ seasons are still regarded as one of the greatest by a shortstop ever and that included a tremendous defensive WAR stat! I think Banks easily hits over 550 close to 600hr’s and near 1800+ rbi’s. Mantle as you know as a rookie tried to go after a ball hit by Mays that was Dimaggio’s play. So in trying to stop he trips on the irrigation system and heard a “pop” in his knee. Just think if that injury did not happen right at the beginning of his career, Mantle still the greatest switch-hitter ever, probably is able to play into his late 30’s hit over 650 hr’s and play great defense. This is another fact that many fans today are unaware of, Mantle was one of the fastest ball players of his time, in addition to his strength, he played great defense. Lastly is Gehrig. I did not put up his final major league season at the age of 35. Most players today would envy and want those numbers that he amassed (29hr’s/114rbi’s/.295), his 13th season in a row in which he hit 100+ rbi’s! If he had hit over .300 it would also have been his 13th straight as well. Gehrig knew something was happening to his body during that season in 1938. He ended with 493hr’s, .340ba. You know if he is not stricken with the disease named after him, he easily plays into his late 30’s maybe early 40’s, hits over 600+hr’s, over 3000+ hits, over 2000+ runs scored and I believe the all-time rbi leader with over 2400-2500+ rbi’s! Zobrist is a “throw-back,” in my opinion and a joy to watch, so good for the game and younger generation getting into ball. You take care now and have a blessed Memorial Day! Go Cubs! Mahalo!

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