He homered to right field on the third pitch of the game, doubled, singled twice, drove in four runs and inspired chants of ‘‘Ja-vy! Ja-vy! Ja-vy!”
Within this Cubs notebook is the secret trick behind all those strikeouts by Carl Edwards Jr.
Lester pitched six strong innings, and the Cubs sprayed singles all over the field for a quick lead to close the opening homestand.
During a week with Dexter Fowler in the house, the Cubs are reminded again how tough finding a reliable leadoff man has been since he left.
Zobrist, 36, said he improved enough by Thursday that he could have pinch hit. He’ll determine early Friday whether he’s ready to field a position.
Kris Bryant has more walks (11) than strikeouts (10) so far. Ian Happ does not.
The Cubs’ rotation averages just five innings per start. “We’re going to have to get longer starts,” Jed Hoyer said. “I think that’s pretty obvious.”
Wednesday’s Cardinals-Cubs game has been rescheduled for 1:20 p.m. Thursday, which had been a scheduled day off for both teams.
“I don’t think we’ve played our best baseball by any stretch,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said.
“We have respect for each other, especially me for him,” said Contreras, who expected to resume the good relationship the two have had.
Ian Happ replaced Zobrist in the leadoff spot against the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Drew Smyly? Remember him? The lefty said his Tommy John rehab is progressing smoothly, and he plans to contribute for a contender down the stretch.
The Cubs postponed Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals as nasty weather conditions persisted.
“There’s no one that plays the game harder than me,” Baez said. “If anybody’s got negative stuff to [say to] me, they can save it.”
Anthony Rizzo hit off a tee Thursday in preparation for his anticipated return from a back injury Monday. He said his BP regimen isn’t the problem.