John Lackey vs. Rubby De La Rosa | 8:40 CST (CSN+, 670 AM)
John Lackey (13-10, 2.77 era last season) is coming off one of the best seasons of his 13 year career. He even snagged a Cy Young Vote in what was his only full season with the Cardinals. De La Rosa (14-9, 4.67) begins his second season with the Diamondbacks and sixth year in the league. He spent two seasons with the Dodgers followed by two with the Red Sox.
Left Handed Line-Up
Joe Maddon is bringing the left handed heavy line up to the plate tonight. Right handed starter De La Rosa has had trouble vs lefties in the past and is said to have worked on this in the off season. He’s going to have a difficult test right out of the gate versus a team that will feature 6 Cubs batting from the left side of the plate.
Here is the lineup
The D’backs are currently 1-2 after getting blown out in the first two game of the year. Is 3-0 too much to ask for? The answer should be no with Lackey pitching and the six lefties hitting.