No Surprise: Jon Lester to start for the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series
CLEVELAND – He started off two very successful rounds of the Major League Baseball playoffs for the team, so it’s no surprise he’ll get to make it three-in-a-row.
Though this start for Jon Lester will be like no other in his career.
On Monday the Cubs made official that the left-hander will be the Cubs’ starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday evening against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Lester is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in the 2016 MLB playoffs having started the first game of the NLDS against the Giants along with Game 1 and 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. He was named co-MVP of the NLCS along with second baseman Javier Baez.
He will be the first Cubs pitcher to start a World Series game since Hank Borowy did so in Game 7 of the World Series against the Tigers at Wrigley Field on October 10, 1945. Borowy also started the first game of that series as well.
During his career Lester has been superb in the World Series as he’s posted a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA in two appearances with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013.
A Cy Young candidate, Lester finished the regular season with a 19-5 record with a 2.44 ERA.
In a bit of a change from the NLDS and NLCS, Jake Arrieta will make the start in Game 2 with Kyle Hendricks’ outing pushed back to Game 3. John Lackey remains the Cubs’ fourth starter in the playoff rotation.