#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:
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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)