#Cubs and Lackey vs. Rangers

John Lackey gets the start on Sunday in the series finale against the Rangers. Texas will counter with Cole  Hamels, who will be making his first start at Wrigley Field since throwing a no-hitter last year. Here’s the lineup:

Baez 2B

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Szczur LF

Almora Jr CF

Lackey P

The Cubs are aiming for their first interleague series sweep of at least three games since a three-game set vs. the Orioles, August 22-24, 2014.

Anthony Rizzo has an 11-game hitting streak, and is batting .409 (18-for-44). The streak is one shy of his career high, done last season. Rizzo has 55 hits and 30 RBIs in his last 40 games, and Elias says he’s the first Cubs player with that many hits and RBI in a 40-game stretch since Alfonso Soriano during the 2008 season.

Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel have recorded consecutive quality starts to begin the season’s “second half.” The Cubs starters did not have a quality start in the final 10 games heading into the break

Looking ahead, here are the pitching matchups vs. the Mets:
Mon: LHP Jon Lester (9-4, 3.01) vs. LHP Steven Matz (7-5, 3.38)
Tue: RHP Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.68) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.56)
Wed: RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-6, 2.41) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (8-4, 3.11)



We need to be in playoff mode and sweep the Mets!!!!

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Aloha Neal, as jasper said a “good rant” is fine from time to time; can you do this without the “colorful metaphors?” I agree with you that the starting infield with regularity should be Bryant, Russell, Zobrist and Rizzo. The best defense is with these four. Nothing against Baez but I have wondered if a big trade takes place for pitching and for sure Schwarber is off limits, could Baez be dealt for the right person(s) even though they say he won’t? If there is an outside chance of this happening I too would play him and hope he does well such that other teams would be highly motivated to go through with the trade. Hang in there in now. Mahalo!

John Lackey needs to keep his mouth shut and throw strikes. That is exactly why I didn’t want the Cubs to get him. He’ll throw a pitch six inches off the plate and complain about not getting the call. Earlier in the game Len & Jim mentioned that he always attacks the strike zone. Then they showed the pitch tracks of the hitter he had just struck out and one pitch was in the strike zone.

Aloha Mat, I will say this I think Maddon left Lackey in too long today. Lackey’s era was close to 4 coming into today’s game. So, I was hoping that if he got to the 7th, the bp would come in. Also, Hamel was had the Cubs number but a difference would have been if Zobrist were in the lineup as he was not involved in last year’s no-no against the Cubs. So that part of the lineup surprised me. Today it was about pitching and clearly Hamel won. It has been a while since Lackey has had a strong start. Take care now and time to get the Mets.

Aloha again Mat, these small hand held devices stink at times! Meant to say that Hamel has had the Cubs number and he prevailed again. In his last two starts he has gone I think 17innings, given up 1 earned run and two hits! I would have liked to see Zobrist at least start off the game, he is more patient at the plate. All in all this was a very good series, lets hope they continue in this path. Mahalo!

Aloha Mat- I just noticed another mistake of mine, I thought when Hamel left he only gave up 2 hits but it was 4, so over the the past 17 innings in which he has pitched against our Cubbies, he has allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits total. That is pretty amazing. I wonder with Lester going tomorrow against Matz if the lineup will have Bryant-Addison-Zobrist-Rizzo in the infield and Ross behind the plate? I noticed only Szczur and Almora did not ko in 6ab’s; this was good. Take care, another important series to start! Mahalo!

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