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John Lackey stifles Braves for a shutout.

John Lackey Jennifer/via


John Lackey

The Cubs sure have been on a roll winning 7 of 10 games. The Starting Pitching is has been doing a lot better as of late especially John Lackey. The bullpen is holding leads, and oh ya Wade Davis broke the Cubs consecutive save record. The best part is that the offense is scoring more runs, and the way they are scoring is comforting to see. It’s not just solo home runs once or twice a game. They have been finding themselves with bases loaded with no outs a lot in the past couple games. The Cubs sure look like they are back to their 2016 form, and come October things will get interesting.


Back to Fridays game, John Lackey had undoubtedly his best start of the season. Lackey’s final line was impressive 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB and K’d 5 batters. Ever since the All Star Break John Lackey has a much better ERA of 3.83. Compared to his ERA of 5.47 before the All Star Break definitely, gets rid of the weakest spot. He had a good command of his pitches dominating the bottom of the zone tying batters up.


Scoring Plays

The Cubs only scored 2 runs, which makes lackeys performance ever more important. The offense was able to score 1 run in the 3rd and another in the 4th. After that, it was all defense, with Wade Davis notching yet another save. While Ian Happ continues to stay hot by driving in one of the two runs, by singling in Anthony Rizzo in the 4th. The other run came on a weakly hit ball by Kyle Schwarber down the third base line, where it was fielded by the pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. The play was close it went under review and he turned out safe, and in the middle of the play, Javier Baez yet again did something incredible.


The Cubs will go for the series win tomorrow with Lester coming back from the DL, he hasn’t done very well collecting an ERA of 4.37. So, let’s hope the Cubs can get the win tomorrow to keep the win streak alive. While also increasing our lead on the Brewers in the division which sits at 4.0 games, but could go to 4.5 if the Brewers loose to the Nationals.