Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (21-6) vs. Nationals (19-9)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
John Lackey (3-1, 4.32/1.11/3.31) vs. Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.55/1.18/3.75)
The Cubs turn to John Lackey this afternoon in game two with the Nationals. With the Cubs facing Max Scherzer, Lackey must pick-up where Kyle Hendricks left off Thursday and keep Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and the Nationals offense in check.
The Cubs are expected to have Jason Heyward back in the starting nine and in right field. Heyward played Thursday after Dexter Fowler was ejected. Heyward should benefit from the warm day at Wrigley and he has three hits in six at bats against Max Scherzer.
Joe Maddon should run out the best defensive team he can with Lackey on the hill, which likely means Jorge Soler will spend more time on the bench.
Today all starts with John Lackey …
John Lackey bounced back from his poor outing against the Reds with an ultra-quality start against the Braves. Lackey completed eight innings and he allowed three runs, two earned, on three walks. Lackey struck out two in what ended up being the longest outing for a Cubs’ starter not named Jake Arrieta this season.
The Cubs could really use the good John Lackey to show up today. Lackey is capable of holding the Nationals in check and that’s exactly what should be expected this afternoon.
Lackey makes his third start of the season at Wrigley today. Lackey is 1-0 in the first two with a 2.45 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Lackey allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits with six walks and nine strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings against the Reds and Braves.
John Lackey is 1-0 in four career starts against the Nationals with a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Lackey faced Harper and the Nationals twice last season, received two no decisions and allowed seven runs, six earned, on 12 hits with five walks and 12 strikeouts (4.63 ERA, 1.46 WHIP).
Nationals Career Numbers against John Lackey
- Jayson Werth: 7-for-14 with four doubles, one home run and one walk
- Stephen Drew: 2-for-6
- Bryce Harper: 0-for-4 with two walks
- Jose Lobaton: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Daniel Murphy: 1-for-6
- Ryan Zimmerman: 4-for-6 with one double
- Danny Espinosa: 0-for-3
- Chris Heisey: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Wilson Ramos: 0-for-3
- Anthony Rendon: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Michael Taylor: 0-for-3
The Cubs offense has the pleasure of facing Max Scherzer this afternoon. Scherzer has been inconsistent, for him, this season but is coming off a dominating outing in St. Louis. Scherzer shut out the Redbirds for seven innings and allowed only four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.
Outside of Nationals Park this year, Scherzer is 2-1 in four starts with a 2.77 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Max Scherzer makes his fourth career start against the Cubs this afternoon. Scherzer is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Last season, the Cubs faced Scherzer one time and could not push a run across the plate. Scherzer gave up five hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts in seven innings at Wrigley on May 27. The Cubs lost the game 3-0.
Cubs Career Numbers against Max Scherzer
- Ben Zobrist: 3-for-20 with one home run and three walks
- Dexter Fowler: 4-for-16 with one double
- David Ross: 3-for-11 with two doubles
- Jason Heyward: 3-for-6
- Kris Bryant: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Tim Federowicz: 1-for-3 with one double
- Addison Russell: 1-for-3
- Ryan Kalish: 1-for-2
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