Game Seventy-Three: Cubs (48-24) vs. Marlins (39-35)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Marlins Park, Miami
John Lackey, RHP (7-3, 2.78/0.97/3.26) vs. Paul Clemens, RHP (0-0, 5.40/2.00/11.92)
John Lackey gets the ball this afternoon as the Cubs look for two in a row over the Marlins.
Anthony Rizzo returns to the starting lineup after missing the first two games of the series. Rizzo will bat third behind Kris Bryant. Joe Maddon moved Willson Contreras to left field to keep his bat in the lineup. Contreras starts his third different position in his eighth game in the big leagues. Contreras is hitting cleanup for the Cubs today.
John Lackey faces a Marlins’ lineup that has shown the Cubs it can put up runs. It will be up to Lackey today to slow down the Fish as his teammates figure out Paul Clemens. The Cubs have virtually no history against Clemens in the big leagues. The 28-year old right-hander is making his second start of the season and seventh start of his Major League career. Maddon’s starting lineup includes Contreras, Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr., all three had at-bats against Clemens at the Triple-A level early in the season.
With the Cubs facing Jose Fernandez in the finale on Sunday afternoon, a win this afternoon is a must to ensure at least a series split at Marlins Park.
Today all starts with John Lackey …
John Lackey made a quality start his last time out against the Cardinals. Lackey put his team in a position to win the game but the Cubs ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 final score. Lackey gave up three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Lackey was bitten by the longball. For the first time since April 7, Lackey served up two homers in the same game.
Lackey is 2-1 in his last four starts with a 1.75 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Lackey has allowed five runs on 19 hits over 25 2/3 innings with seven walks and 30 strikeouts. Lackey is 3-1 in seven road starts with a 3.63 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. And the Cubs could really use for Lackey to bring his A-game today.
John Lackey makes his third career start against the Fish today. Lackey is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Today is Lackey’s first start at Marlins Park.
Marlins Career Numbers against John Lackey
- Ichiro Suzuki: 36-for-119 with six doubles, one triple, one home run and six walks
- Jeff Mathis: 2-for-10
- Justin Bour: 1-for-4 with one home run
- Cole Gillespie: 1-for-4
- Martin Prado: 2-for-4
- J.T. Realmuto: 1-for-4
- Adeiny Hechavarria: 1-for-3
- Chris Johnson: 0-for-3
- Derek Dietrich: 0-for-1
The Cubs basically get their first look at Paul Clemens. Clemens makes just his second big league start of the season today. Clemens lasted five innings against the Rockies five days ago and allowed three runs on seven hits. Clemens served up three homers (Trevor Story, Mark Reynolds, Nick Hundley) and walked three with two strikeouts.
Clemens was 6-4 in 14 starts for Triple-A New Orleans with a 4.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP before he was called up. Clemens allowed 38 runs, 36 earned runs, on 66 hits with 25 walks and 66 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.
Paul Clemens completed one-third of an inning against the Cubs on June 21, 2013 at Wrigley while he was pitching with the Astros. Clemens gave up a hit and a walk but no runs.
Ben Zobrist (0-for-3) and David Ross (1-for-1) are the only two players on Joe Maddon’s active roster that have faced Paul Clemens in a regular season big league game. Clemens started two games against the I-Cubs in April (April 14, April 19) and those lineups featured Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Albert Almora Jr.
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