Game Sixty-Six: Cubs (35-30) vs. Twins (37-30)
- Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 177, 844
- Location – Target Field, Minneapolis
Jon Lester (4-5, 3.99/1.37/3.51) vs. Trevor May (4-5, 4.26/1.27/3.16)
Weather permitting … The Cubs turn to Jon Lester to end the team’s two-game slide this afternoon in Minneapolis. Lester will look to build on his last start and put his last two road games well in the rearview mirror. Games like today is one of the reasons the Cubs signed Lester in the off-season. With as flat and sloppy as the Cubs were Friday night, if Lester and Jake Arrieta do their jobs for the next two days, Maddon will have a good shot at enjoying Meat Loaf on the flight back to Chicago.
Maddon should run out a balanced lineup today. And this might be a good opportunity to give Mike Baxter a start. Left-handers (.276/.321/.364) and right-handers (.270/.289/.434) have put together similar slash lines against Trevor May.
This afternoon all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester is coming off a good outing against the Reds after back-to-back rough starts in Miami and Detroit. Lester allowed a run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. While everyone was focusing on what Lester couldn’t do, he put his team in position to eventually win the game.
Over his last three starts, Lester is 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. And he is 1-2 this season in five road games with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
Jon Lester makes the 11th start of his career against the Twins today. Lester is 3-4 in 11 games, 10 starts, with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Last season, Lester was 2-0 in his two starts against the Twins with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP (one run on seven hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings). At Target Field, Lester is 0-2 in three career starts with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP.
Twins Career Numbers against Jon Lester
- Torii Hunter: 16-for-41 with three doubles, one home run and two walks
- Joe Mauer: 8-for-23 with three doubles and four walks
- Kurt Suzuki: 6-for-21 with two walks
- Eduardo Nunez: 2-for-15 with one walk
- Brian Dozier: 2-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Trevor Plouffe: 1-for-9 with one walk
- Shane Robinson: 1-for-6
- Eduardo Escobar: 0-for-5
- Kennys Vargas: 0-for-3
For the third time in as many games, the Cubs will get their first look at a starting pitcher. Trevor May faces the Cubs for the first time this afternoon. May has been solid over his last three starts. And he is coming off back-to-back losses against the two teams from Missouri.
Trevor May held the Royals to one run on seven hits in six innings before lasting five innings against the Cardinals. May gave up three runs on five hits, a pair of home runs, with a walk and three strikeouts. Over his last three starts, May is 1-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP (four runs on 14 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings). The Cubs are really catching him at the wrong time.
Trevor May is 2-3 in seven starts at Target Field this season with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. In his first full season in the majors, May has given up 73 hits with 13 walks and 58 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings.
Joe Maddon does not have a player on his roster that has faced Trevor May in a big league ballgame that counts.
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