Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (65-42) vs. Marlins (57-50)
- 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, RHP (8-7, 3.69/1.09/3.80) vs. Tom Kohler, RHP (8-8, 4.28/1.46/4.27)
The Cubs wrap up the eight-game homestand this afternoon with the series and season-series finale with the Marlins.
The Cubs are 6-1 on the homestand after taking the first two from the Fish and winning another series. The Cubs are 3-3 in the first six games of season series with the Marlins. A sweep today would not only complete the homestand on a positive note but would also give the Cubs a season series victory over a very good Marlins’ team.
Ichiro has not started the first two games of the series but is expected in the Marlins’ lineup today. Ichiro is two hits shy of 3,000 for his MLB career and his numbers against John Lackey suggest Don Mattingly will start him this afternoon.
John Lackey gets the ball in the finale of the homestand and will pitch to Miguel Montero, not Willson Contreras. The Cubs young catcher appears to be on the same page with both Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel. Having Montero catch Lackey and Jake Arrieta moving forward could benefit the Cubs as it gets later in the season. David Ross will continue catching Jon Lester.
Joe Maddon is giving Addison Russell the day off. Russell will get a nice breather before having to deal with the questions from the Athletics’ beat writers on Friday. All eyes will be on Russell during the three-game series in Oakland.
Maddon is running out the following lineup this afternoon: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Willson Contreras LF, Jason Heyward RF, Miguel Montero C, Javier Baez SS, John Lackey P
The Cubs recalled Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa to take Jason Hammel’s spot on the 25-man roster. Hammel was placed on the bereavement list on Wednesday morning. Maddon will have an extra reliever in the pen for today’s game and the trip to Oakland.
Today all starts with John Lackey …
John Lackey settled in after a rough beginning in his last start. Lackey was shaky, at best, in the first inning and was the exact opposite his other five innings. Lackey picked up a win against Chris Sale and the Sox after allowing one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings.
Like most of his teammates, Lackey had a rough July. In five starts he was 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Lackey is 5-4 in 10 starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.73 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. And will have to be on top of his game today.
The Marlins pounded Lackey back on June 25. Lackey allowed seven runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. It was obviously one of Lackey’s worst performances of the season.
John Lackey is 1-1 in three career starts against the Marlins with a 4.66 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against John Lackey
- Ichiro Suzuki: 37-for-121 with six doubles, one triple, one home run and seven walks
- Jeff Mathis: 2-for-10
- Dee Gordon: 1-for-6 with one walk
- Martin Prado: 4-for-7 with one double
- J.T. Realmuto: 2-for-6
- Adeiny Hechavarria: 1-for-5
- Marcell Ozuna: 1-for-4
- Derek Dietrich: 1-for-3
- Chris Johnson: 0-for-3
- Giancarlo Stanton: 1-for-2 with one home run
- Christian Yelich: 0-for-1 with one walk
Tom Koehler was been very good since the break, but two of the three starts were against the Phillies. Koehler faces a team other than one from Philly today for the first time since July 16. Koehler completed six innings of shutout ball and allowed three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his last start.
Koehler is 2-1 in his last five starts with a 3.33 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Outside of Miami, Koehler is 5-5 in 12 starts with a 4.55 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.
Tom Koehler is 1-0 in five career appearances, four starts, against the Cubs with a 4.24 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Koehler faces the Cubs for the second time on the season today.
The Cubs scored four runs on nine hits and two walks against Koehler back on June 24.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tom Koehler
- Jason Heyward: 6-for-21 with one triple and three walks
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-10 with one walk
- Miguel Montero: 2-for-9 with one double and one walk
- Ben Zobrist: 3-for-10 with one home run
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-6 with one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 1-for-5 with one triple and one walk
- Addison Russell: 3-for-5
- Javier Baez: 1-for-3
- Willson Contreras: 1-for-2 with one home run
- David Ross: 0-for-1
- Matt Szczur: 0-for-1
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