#Cubs and Lackey face Cardinals

John Lackey will open a three-game series against the Cardinals on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Rookie Willson Contreras gets his first Major League start, one day after hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first ML at-bat. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Almora Jr. CF

Lackey P

This is the Cardinals’ first trip to Wrigley Field this season, the latest they’ve made their initial visit to Chicago since 2008. St. Louis is 18-34 all-time in night games at Wrigley, winning six of the last nine.

Lackey beat the Cardinals in St. Louis on April 18, and did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss on May 23. He’s making his 401st career start and is coming off a no decision vs. the Nationals in which he gave up two runs over six-plus innings.



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Thank you Carrie! Really appreciate your hard work and excellent coverage. This is such a fun season so far. At the beginning of the season I objected to David Ross being on the roster as a player, suggesting that he should be a coach instead and make room for a more impact player. I was wrong and hereby publicly retract that statement! After watching/reading about the incredible camaraderie this team has, there’s no doubt that Ross is a big part of it. And after a long, productive career, “Grandpa” Ross deserves to go out on a high note and then spend time with his family. Let’s hope this is “THE” year!πŸ™‚ Go Cubs!

Aloha Judson, it would be wonderful if this is the year! Lackey is getting hit hard tonight, I am sure the Cardinals have pent up frustration! I do not think John is going to last long as he has thrown a lot pitches in 3 innings and has already given up 8 base runners. I hope bp can keep them in the game for offense to come alive. Take care now! Mahalo!

I admire that you admit you were wrong about something, Judson. Contrary to what some perceive, it is not a demonstration of weakness when one does so. It`s, in fact, admirable. We rarely see that here, and if y`all interpret that as me suggesting some other posters need to admit they`ve been wrong about things they`ve said, that would be a valid conclusion.

Somebody please explain why Rosenthal and Matheny were not ejected when a cub was hit in the ninth. Warnings were issued, so what’s the deal????

It’s the umpire’s decision. Obviously not a situation where the Cards wanted a base runner

Because for decades the Cardinals organization has paid off umpires with cash! Checks, stock, or other traceable items don’t work. The other teams really need to figure this out!!!πŸ˜‰

Thank you for the support @Jhosk. It seems only right/reasonable that if I’m going to publicly criticize players and/or front office decisions, I have point out the good things as well, and admit when I’m in the wrong. Sadly, it’s not the first (or last) time it’ll happen.πŸ™‚

Hey @kg, that was a tough loss, but I think you’re right about the Cards having stuff pent up. My closest friend (a Cardinals fan) is still stinging from the Heyward (and Lackey) signing, and only mentions the 2015 season to remind how far winning 100+ games in the regular season carries a team in the post season. But, let’s win those 100+ games & our division before worrying about what comes next.πŸ™‚

Take care!

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