#Cubs and Lackey vs. Marlins
John Lackey gets the start on Saturday against the Marlins. In his last 10 starts, Lackey has gone 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA (15 ER/68 2/3 IP), the sixth-lowest ERA in the NL in that span and lowest among the Cubs starters.
The Cubs enter Saturday’s game with a 48-24 record, the best 72-game record since a 50-22 start in 1918. The Cubs have won at least 48 of their first 72 games two other times: the 1906 Cubs were also 50-22 while the 1907 squad started off 55-17
Joe Maddon enters Saturday’s game having managed 1,744 Major League games. That’s the exact same number of games managed as his friend and former Cubs manager Don Zimmer. Saturday will be game No. 1,745, and Maddon will move into sole possession of 70th place on the all time list for games managed.
Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer and RBI single on Friday. He now has a six-game hitting streak to begin his Major League career, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs, eight RBI and a .941 slugging percentage. Between the Majors and Triple-A, he’s hit safely in his last 26 games.
Please note: I’ve been unable to access the blog at Marlins Park for the last two days, which is why I have not posted the lineups. Please go to Cubs.com or check my Twitter feed for the lineup.