Pregame Chatter: Cubs v Royals; Lackey Takes the Mound

Today’s match against the Royals will feature the second outing this spring for Cubs newest pitcher, John Lackey. His last outing against the Reds was a mixed bag. Over three innings pitched he registered four strikeouts but he also gave up five hits and three earned runs.

It will be intriguing to see if Jorge Soler, who we’ve mentioned needs to improve his defensive skills, is better today then he was in his last outing when he misplayed two balls that led to two runs scoring before things got completely out of hand against the Padres, who oh, by-the-way, the Cubs then destroyed the following day – so take that!

Here’s a look at the lineup for today’s game:

John Lackey (R) @ Royals – Chris Young (R)
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Addison Russell (R) SS
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Miguel Montero (L) C
5. Jorge Soler (R) LF
6. Javier Baez (R) CF
7. Jesus Guzman (R) 1B
8. John Andreoli (R) RF
9. John Lackey (R) P

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