Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports
Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals, Lackey starting

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (80-66) will begin a three-game series with their rival St. Louis Cardinals at 1:20 p.m. CDT on Friday afternoon televised on ABC 7 Chicago and MLB Network. The Cubs are in sole possession of first place ahead of the Cardinals and Brewers by three games in the National League Central division.

The North Siders are currently 5-5 in their last ten games as the Cardinals, and the Brewers are right in the thick of things in the divisional race.

Veteran righty John Lackey will start for the defending World Champions opposed by righty flamethrower Carlos Martinez.

In 2017, Lackey has an 11-11 record with 4.65 ERA with 140 strikeouts. He has been impressive in his last ten starts with a 3.67 ERA.

Both Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras are back in the starting lineup after having a day off on Thursday evening.

Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals

1. Ben Zobrist 2B

2. Kris Bryant 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo 1B

4. Willson Contreras C

5. Kyle Schwarber LF

6. Jon Jay CF

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Javier Baez SS

9. John Lackey P

Cardinals lineup vs. Cubs

Carpenter 3B, Pham LF, DeJong SS, J. Martinez 1B, Molina C, Piscotty RF, Wong 2B, Bader CF, C. Martinez P

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