Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez smacked home runs against former teammate Jon Lester to power the host Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. After spending the past six seasons with the Cubs and playing an instrumental role in the team's 2016 World Series championship, Lester signed a one-year deal with Washington in January. Lester received numerous standing ovations from Cubs fans, including when he exited the game after 5 1/3 innings.
Washington Nationals (16-21, fifth in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (20-20, third in the NL Central) Chicago; Tuesday, 7:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Patrick Corbin (2-3, 0.00 ERA) Cubs: Zach Davies (2-2, 5.60 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -107, Nationals -108; over/under is even BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Washington will meet on Tuesday. The Cubs are 14-8 in home games in 2020.
After pitching to a 9.47 ERA in five April starts covering 19 innings, Davies enters Tuesday's home start against the Washington Nationals with a 1.10 ERA in three starts and 16 1/3 innings in May. "I think everything comes off his sinker command," Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said. "For the majority of pitchers, the off-speed stuff plays when you're commanding the fastball.