#Cubs and Lackey vs. Phillies in finale
John Lackey will close the Cubs’ series against the Phillies on Wednesday, and Albert Almora Jr. will make his first big league start. Here’s the lineup:
With Almora’s arrival, the Cubs have had their first-round selections from the 2011 (Javier Baez), 2012, 2013 (Kris Bryant) and 2014 (Kyle Schwarber) Drafts play this season.
This is the fifth season in which the Cubs have had four of their first-round selections play. It also took place in:
2011: Kerry Wood, Luis Montanez, Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner
2003: Doug Glanville, Kerry Wood, Corey Patterson, Mark Prior
1990: Shawon Dunston, Derrick May, Mike Harkey, Lance Dickson
1988: Dunston, Harkey, Drew Hall, Rafael Palmeiro
Almora is the first rookie to play for the Cubs this season, doing so in the team’s 57th game. According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, this is the latest the Cubs have gone into a season before using a rookie, as at least one had played for Chicago within the first 20 games in each of its previous campaigns.
Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series vs. the Braves, here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Jason Hammel (7-1, 2.14) vs. RHP Bud Norris (1-7, 5.28)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (9-1, 1.80) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (2-6, 3.98)
Sunday: LHP Jon Lester (7-3, 2.06) vs. TBD