Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (13-12) vs. Cardinals (20-6)
- Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
- Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Jon Lester (1-2, 4.71/1.33/2.36) vs. Lance Lynn (1-2, 3.07/1.19/2.04)
Joe Maddon gives the ball to Jon Lester tonight to snap the Cubs’ four-game losing skid and end in the process end the Cardinals’ eight-game winning streak.
There are no two ways about it. The Cubs pitching staff has not stepped up over the first two games of the series and games like this one is why the front office signed Jon Lester in the off-season. While the offense will still have to scratch out runs against Lance Lynn, tonight’s game for the Cubs starts and ends with Jon Lester. If Lester struggles and does not complete at least seven innings, Maddon’s men will begin play as a .500 team on Thursday afternoon.
Tonight all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester is coming off his best start of the season, seven innings of shutout ball against the Brewers. Lester allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Lester looked more like Jon Lester than he has at any point this season. Lester worked well with David Ross and appeared to have good command of his cutter throughout the outing.
After three not-so-good starts to begin his Cubs career, Lester has allowed three runs on eight hits over his last 13 innings (two starts) with two walks and 14 strikeouts (2.08 ERA, 0.77 ERA).
Jon Lester makes just his second start outside of Wrigley tonight and faces the Cardinals for the second time this year in six outings.
The Cardinals knocked Lester out of the first game of the year in the fifth inning. Lester allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. The Cardinals ran and ran and ran on Lester and made his throwing issue headlines. Lester should look to prove a point tonight in St. Louis after the way he pitched against the Cardinals on Opening Night.
The Cubs signed Jon Lester for games like tonight. Lester must give his team a long, effective outing and continue to build on his last start.
Cardinals Career Numbers against Jon Lester
- Jhonny Peralta: 11-for-36 with three doubles, two home runs and five walks
- Mark Reynolds: 8-for-28 with three doubles, one home run and four walks
- Matt Holliday: 6-for-15 with one home run
- Jason Heyward: 7-for-12 with four doubles and one home run
- Yadier Molina: 1-for-10 with one walk
- Matt Carpenter: 3-for-10
- Peter Bourjos: 2-for-6 with one double
- Pete Kozma: 0-for-5
- Matt Adams: 0-for-5
- Jon Jay: 1-for-3 with one walk
- Kolten Wong: 0-for-1 with one walk
Lance Lynn bounced back from a bad outing at Miller Park and dominated the Pirates for seven innings in his last start. The Brewers scored six runs on 10 hits in five innings against Lynn on April 26 but the Pirates managed just one run on four hits in seven innings. Lynn struck out a season-high 10 batters with only one free pass.
Lance Lynn has been just about unhittable in two starts at Busch Stadium this year. Lynn is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, just 10 hits allowed in 12 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
The Cubs beat Lance Lynn in the second game of the season back on April 8. Lynn hit Anthony Rizzo, uncorked a wild pickoff throw to first base and served up a single to Starlin Castro that gave Jake Arrieta all the runs he would need in the 2-0 victory over St. Louis.
Lance Lynn has had a lot of success over his career against the Cubs. Lynn is 6-4 in 12 appearances, 11 starts, with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn
- Starlin Castro: 11-for-33 with three doubles and one triple
- Anthony Rizzo: 5-fofr-23 with one home run and three walks
- Miguel Montero: 0-for-9 with three walks
- Dexter Fowler: 2-for-7 with two walks
- Welington Castillo: 4-for-6 with one home run and one walk
- David Ross: 1-for-6 with one double
- Travis Wood: 0-for-6
- Junior Lake: 1-for-3 with one walk
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-3 with one triple
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-2
- Jonathan Herrera: 1-for-2 with one double
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