|CHICAGO CUBS ( LACKEY )|
ATLANTA ( NEWCOMB )
|959||CHICAGO CUBS||-140||Ov 9.5,-115||-110||Ov 9.5,-120|
|960||ATLANTA||+130||Un 9.5,-105||+100||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-6||+8||12-8||6.2||0.280||0.366||0.478||0.843||4.2||0.242||0.306||0.403||0.709|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.3||3-4||6.0||0.298||0.361||0.556||0.917||4.7||0.217||0.303||0.345||0.648|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-41||+3.5||42-34||4.6||0.259||0.313||0.387||0.700||5.1||0.260||0.327||0.412||0.739|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.3||4-3||6.3||0.269||0.322||0.453||0.775||4.0||0.248||0.332||0.319||0.651|
|7/4/2017||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-6||L||-135||7.5 un||O||11||10||1||9||4||1|
|7/5/2017||LACKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||7-3||W||-175||9.5 ev||O||10||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/14/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||9-8||W||100||10 ev||O||10||2||0||10||10||0|
|7/15/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)||10-3||W||-125||10 ov||O||16||8||1||7||7||1|
|7/16/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||8-0||W||-160||10.5 ov||U||15||8||0||3||3||0|
|7/17/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-3||W||-150||9 ov||U||9||9||1||6||5||2|
|7/18/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||ARRIETA(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||QUINTANA(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||LESTER(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/6/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-2||W||155||9 ev||U||12||10||0||11||9||0|
|7/7/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||4-5||L||230||8 ov||O||7||6||0||10||8||0|
|7/8/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||13-0||W||215||8.5 ov||O||15||8||1||4||9||1|
|7/9/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROSS(R)||5-10||L||120||9.5 un||O||7||4||1||12||8||1|
|7/17/2017||TEHERAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||3-4||L||+140||9 ov||U||6||5||2||9||9||1|
|7/18/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||DICKEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|7/20/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/22/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|7/23/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|Cubs set to activate Lackey for start vs. Braves|
ATLANTA -- Veteran Chicago Cubs right-hander John Lackey will come off the disabled list on Tuesday to start the second game of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.
Lackey (5-9, 5.20 ERA) will be opposed by rookie Sean Newcomb (1-4, 4.26), who will be making his seventh career major league start.
The Cubs beat the Braves 4-3 in the first game of the series on Monday night.
Lackey was placed on the 10-day DL due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot following his July 5 start against Tampa Bay. Lackey allowed three runs in six innings in a 7-3 win over the Rays, but he was unable to use his plant foot, essentially forcing him to pitch on one leg.
The 38-year-old Texas native has had issues with allowing home runs this season, which could be a problem when he returns to the rotation at SunTrust Park, which has proven to be a homer haven in its first season.
Lackey did not give up a homer in his last start, breaking a career-high streak of nine consecutive games allowing a homer. However, he has given up 24 homers in 98 2/3 innings after allowing 23 in 188 1/3 innings a year ago. He is allowing 2.19 home runs per nine innings, more than double his career average of 0.99.
"I don't think his stuff has been that bad," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't think it's been off at all. I don't even know what his average velocity was last year compared to where it is now. I think it's about method, how he goes about it, pitch selection, location, those are the kind of things you can control."
Lackey has made four career starts against the Braves, going 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA. In his last start against Atlanta on May 1, 2016, he gave up three runs in eight innings and received a no-decision.
After going 1-2 with a 1.48 in his first four starts, Newcomb was roughed up in his past two appearances. He was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Houston Astros on July 4 and allowed four runs in four innings against the Washington Nationals on July 9, losing both games. His ERA rose nearly three runs after those two starts.
Newcomb has never faced the Cubs.
Atlanta would like to see a long start from Newcomb for many reasons, among them the lack of depth in the bullpen. In order to make room for utility man Sean Rodriguez and outfielder Danny Santana to come off the DL on Monday, the Braves decided to go with a seven-man bullpen. That will likely change later this week when right-hander Arodys Vizcaino returns from the DL, where he has been since July 5 due to a right index finger strain.
"We're in good shape, I think, for a couple of days until we get Viz back," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.
Rodriguez made his much-awaited debut on Monday, starting at third base and going 0-for-3 with a walk. The veteran said he was grateful just to be alive, much less playing baseball, after surviving a scary car accident in January that led to him needing shoulder surgery. Rodriguez returned at least a month ahead of schedule.
"I told them right after the surgery, I was going to be back a lot sooner than they thought," Rodriguez said. "I was taught young, you need to set your mind to something and keep going after it every day and see what happens."
|Last Updated: 1/24/2018 7:42:55 AM EST|