Players to Watch
Jake Lamb has been raking recently. Over his last seven games, he’s hit .286/.375/.714 with three homers and eight RBI. He’s already passed his previous season high for home runs with nine. Look for him to continue to shred baseballs. Edwin Escobar will also be a key player. Once a top Red Sox prospect, he managed to get through just 3.1 innings in his first big league start and gave up seven earned runs. He will need to return to form and pitch much more effectively in his next start.
As for the Cubs, look out for Kris Bryant. The young slugger has been on a tear lately, hitting six home runs and 14 RBI in his last 15 games, as well as racking up a .991 OPS. He’s settled into a groove, and he’s hard to stop once he’s there. As always, Jake Arrieta will be dominant. That’s just a constant in life, like the sun rising or Steph Curry hitting contested threes. He’ll look to improve his record to 10-0. What is interesting for this matchup is that Arizona got to him for three runs over seven innings in April, a horrific start for him. If that can happen again, the Snakes just might have a shot at the series.