#Cubs and Lackey vs. Cards in finale
John Lackey will close the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals on Sunday night at Wrigley Field vs. Mike Leake. Lackey is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21 innings) in his last three starts. He was 0-5 with a 6.12 ERA in seven prior to that. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs have not lost back to back games since July 25-26 vs White Sox.
Addison Russell has 71 RBI, tied for sixth most by a Cubs player age 22 or younger with Howard Freigau (1925). Vic Saier leads that category with 92 RBI at age 22 in 1913.
*Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Brewers, here are the pitching matchups:
Tue: Game 1, TBD vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83)
Tue: Game 2, RHP Jason Hammel (12-5, 2.90) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.93)
Wed: LHP Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07)
Thu: RHP Jake Arrieta (14-5, 2.55) vs. RHP Zach Davies (9-5, 3.80)
*Just for fun: The Sun-Times’ Dan McGrath referenced the Cubs’ lineup from 2013. I wanted to see how many changes there have been since 2011 (before Rizzo). Here you go:
Aug. 14, 2015 at White Sox: Fowler CF, Schwarber DH, Coghlan LF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Denorfia RF, Castro 2B, Russell SS
Aug. 14, 2014 vs Brewers: Coghlan LF, Baez 2B, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Valbuena 3B, Alcantara CF, Ruggiano RF, Castillo C, E. Jackson P
Aug. 14, 2013 vs Reds: DeJesus CF, McDonald LF, Rizzo 1B, Castillo C, Schierholtz RF, Murphy SS, Watkins 2B, Ransom 3B, Rusin P
Aug. 14, 2012 vs Astros: DeJesus RF, Vitters 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Castro SS, Castillo C, B. Jackson CF, Barney 2B, Volstad P
Aug. 14, 2011 at Atlanta: Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P