#Cubs and Lester face Padres
Jon Lester gets the start Monday night in San Diego when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Padres. Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after getting three days off vs. the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:
Heyward is batting .162/.205/.229 over his last 27 games. His .313 slugging percentage on the season is the lowest mark among 156 qualified players.
The Padres will counter with Edwin Jackson, who is making $13 million this season. The Cubs are paying more than $12 million of that—all but the Major League minimum, in fact. Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs that runs through this season. Chicago had released him in July 2015. The Cubs are paying just four players more than Jackson this season: Lester, Heyward, John Lackey, and Miguel Montero.
The Cubs have won each of Lester’s last six starts. Lester is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA and .193 opponents’ batting average during that stretch.
Monday is a milestone night for Lester, who has made a regular season start in 29 of the 30 active Major League venues. This will be his first game at PETCO Park. Lester did make an appearance at PETCO in this year’s All-Star Game, in which he recorded two outs and did not give up a run.