John Lackey Makes Cubs Debut Tonight In Arizona

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The Chicago Cubs begin their second series of the season tonight as they head to the desert to battle the Arizona Diamondbacks. One of the Cubs’ key offseason acquisitions, John Lackey, makes his first start for the North Siders after spending the last few years in St. Louis. Lackey made three appearances in Cactus League play and also made two starts in Minor League camp in preparation for this 2016 season. The Cubs are off to a fast start this year, outscoring the Angels 15-1 in a two-game sweep. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester both looked fantastic in their first starts of the year and you can bet that the new guy will want to keep pace.

This four-game series will also feature two of baseball’s best first basemen in the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt. Rizzo has only gone 1-for-7 against tonight’s D-Backs starter, Rubby De La Rosa, but does have three runs batted in against him. On the other side, Goldschmidt has gone 2-for-3 against Lackey with a home run.

Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s series opener.

Chicago Cubs (2-0) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2)

Time: 8:40 PM CT

Location: Chase Field

TV: CSN+

Radio: 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers: John Lackey (0-0) vs Rubby De La Rosa (0-0)

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s game.

Starting Lineups

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Position Player vs De La Rosa AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
CF Dexter Fowler 3-11 .273 0 0 0 2 2 6
RF Jason Heyward 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1
2B Ben Zobrist 2-6 .333 1 0 0 0 0 1
1B Anthony Rizzo 1-7 .143 1 0 0 3 1 2
3B Kris Bryant 2-4 .500 0 0 1 2 0 2
LF Kyle Schwarber
C Miguel Montero 1-5 .200 0 0 0 0 2 2
SS Addison Russell 1-3 .333 0 0 0 0 1 2
P John Lackey

 

DiamondbacksLogo

Position Player vs Lackey AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2B Jean Segura 8-19 .421 0 0 0 0 0 5
SS Nick Ahmed 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1B Paul Goldschmidt 2-3 .667 0 0 1 1 0 1
RF David Peralta 1-3 .333 0 0 0 0 0 1
C Welington Castillo 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 2
3B Jake Lamb 0-2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 1
LF Yasmany Tomas
CF Chris Owings
P Rubby De La Rosa