Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven: Cubs (100-56) vs. Pirates (77-79)
- Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh
John Lackey, RHP (10-8, 3.39/1.04/3.80) vs. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (3-6, 4.85/1.43/5.04)
John Lackey gets the ball tonight as the Cubs look for two in a row over the Pirates.
Lackey is making his final start of the regular season. Lackey is not scheduled to pitch again before Sunday. Tonight could be his last time on the mound for two weeks. The Cubs have not said how they plan on keeping him sharp for the postseason, but it would not be surprising to see him pitch an inning or two in relief of Kyle Hendricks in the season finale on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Miguel Montero is expected behind the plate. Montero has worked well with Lackey of late and has not played since Saturday, and that was just one at-bat. Montero should catch Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. Back-to-back starts would be a good way to help keep him going offensively. Montero is batting .306/.359/.556 with a .915 OPS in his last 13 games.
Joe Maddon is supposed to give more of his regulars the night off. Based on Ryan Vogelsong’s splits, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant could get breathers in order for Tommy La Stella to get extra time at the plate. Chris Coghlan should be back the outfield with Jorge Soler nursing a sore right side.
Tonight all starts with John Lackey …
John Lackey is coming off a win against the Reds. The Cubs are actually 3-1 in his four starts since coming off the DL. Lackey gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in seven innings. And the Cubs won 9-2 in a runaway last Wednesday at Wrigley.
Lackey is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 3.24 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Over his last 10 starts, Lackey is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.
John Lackey takes on the Pirates for just the second time this season. Lackey was hit rather hard back on July 10. Lackey allowed five runs on seven hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in six innings. Lackey received a no-decision at PNC Park in a 6-5 Cubs win.
Tonight is Lackey’s seventh career start against the Bucs. Lackey is 1-2 in the first six with a 3.69 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. At PNC Park, Lackey is 1-1 in four starts with a 4.21 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
Pirates Career Numbers against John Lackey
- Matt Joyce: 10-for-28 with two home runs and four walks
- John Jaso: 8-for-22 with one home run and one walk
- Starling Marte: 4-for-14 with one double and one walk
- Andrew McCutchen: 4-for-15 with one home run and one walk
- Jordy Mercer: 2-for-14 with one walk
- Francisco Cervelli: 5-for-11 with one home run
- Gregory Polanco: 6-for-10 with two walks
- Sean Rodriguez: 3-for-10 with one home run
- David Freese: 0-for-8 with two walks
- Pedro Florimon: 1-for-7
- Eric Fryer: 1-for-6 with one double
- Adam Frazier: 1-for-3
- Jung Ho Kang: 0-for-2
- Josh Bell: No official at bat – One Walk
What has been an incredibly challenging season for Ryan Vogelsong is winding down. The veteran right-hander took the loss his last time out in Milwaukee. Vogelsong allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in four innings.
Vogelsong is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 9.18 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. He has given up 19 runs, 17 earned, on 22 hits with eight walks and 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.
Ryan Vogelsong has struggled all season at PNC Park. Vogelsong is 0-4 in nine games, six starts, with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Vogelsong makes his fourth appearance, second start, against the Cubs on the season tonight.
Vogelsong is 0-1 in three games, one start, against the Cubs with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. And for his career, Ryan Vogelsong is 5-8 in 21 games, 13 starts, with a 5.82 ERA and 1.56 WHIP versus the Cubs.
Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong
- Miguel Montero: 9-for-32 with three doubles and three walks
- Dexter Fowler: 5-for-19 with two doubles, two triples and one walk
- Jason Heyward: 6-for-16 with one double, one home run and four walks
- Chris Coghlan: 3-for-11 with one double
- Anthony Rizzo: 4-for-11 with one double and three home runs
- Kris Bryant: 2-for-6 with one home run and one walk
- Addison Russell: 2-for-5 with one walk
- David Ross: 1-for-5 with one double
- Jorge Soler: 2-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Javier Baez: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Tommy La Stella: 0-for-3
- Willson Contreras: 0-for-2
- Tim Federowicz: 1-for-2
- Munenori Kawasaki: 0-for-1
- Ben Zobrist: 0-for-1
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