Manager Joe Maddon announced that Lester would be an option out of the Cubs bullpen if he is needed, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Lester pitched well in Game 5 of the World Series, and given the fact that there is an off-day before Game 6 on Tuesday, Maddon seems confident that the left-hander can come out of the bullpen at some point. It's more likely that he'll be deployed in a Game 7 so that he isn't pitching again on just two days rest, but the veteran's usage will likely depend on how the Cubs fare in Game 6.
Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Indians, Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000 reports. Lester was a natural choice to start the Cubs' first World Series game in 71 years, given that he has allowed just two earned runs in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) this postseason and gave up just one earned run over 21 innings (0.43 ERA) in three previous World Series starts -- all games in which he picked up the win. He will be opposed by Cleveland's Corey Kluber on Tuesday night.
Manager Joe Maddon said Lester is set to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. He threw eight scoreless innings to dominate the Giants in Chicago's NLDS-opening victory, the latest gem in the southpaw's spectacular 2016 (2.44 ERA in 202.2 regular-season innings) that might net him the NL Cy Young.
Lester pitched eight scoreless innings against the Giants on Friday, getting the win in a 1-0 victory in the opener of the NLDS. He gave up five hits, struck out five, and walked none. Lester struggled with baserunners in the first few innings before completely shutting down the Giants. He may be the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young this year, and he pitched like it Friday.
Manager Joe Maddon announced that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLDS, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports. Lester pitched incredibly well over the second half of the season, going 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his last 12 starts, so the Cubs decided to ride his hot streak into October. The left-hander will either face the Mets or the Giants in Friday's series opener.